Autumn is now, and that means the first chilly winds of the year. It’s time to dust off those sweaters and say goodbye to summer BBQ’s.
With the falling of the leaves come other enjoyable experiences. It’s time to put together that indoor entertaining for when having guests come over for dinner, and that’s fun!
In the same way some foods are very much Autumn specialities, some types of wine are more suitable for colder weather. The good news is? If you live close to Melbourne, you’ll be happy to know the Yarra Valley has you covered.
The Yarra Valley, an Autumn Wine Specialist
Talking about Autumn and the Yarra Valley, don’t miss the opportunity of taking a private winery tour to the Yarra Valley in Autumn when the grapes are ready to be picked — you can feel the energy in the air!
Back to our Autumn wine, what you want is a glass of wine that makes you feel comfy and warm. Think of classic Autumn flavours — vanilla, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and baked apples. Well, you’ll find all those lovely scents in Yarra Valleys oak-aged Chardonnay!
Yes, Yarra Valleys Chardy is the quintessential Autumn wine, and it’s lovely throughout winter, too.
What About Red Wine for Autumn?
Although Yarra Valley’s Pinot Noir is legendary, the grape’s lightweight, breezy personality is better appreciated in Spring and Summer when the weather is warmer. Pinot is often served slightly chilled for a reason.
This Autumn look for robust and fruit-forward red wine with character. The Yarra Valley produces many bold Shiraz and Cabernet, which are much more suitable for the cold season.
If you think of Autumn’s comfort food, like a Sunday roast, or gourmet pies then you’ll see these are recipes with bold flavours, and a robust red wine will be the perfect match for them.
Wines for Hot and Cold Weather
There are a few types of wine you can enjoy any time of the year. It doesn’t matter if it’s warm or cold outside.
We love sparkling wine in summer, right? Then again, who doesn’t love a glass of bubbles in autumn and winter? Sparkling wine is incredibly versatile, so make sure you have a bottle of fizz in the fridge for whenever you have friends coming over. It will never disappoint.
Talking about versatility, a crisp, refreshing wine like a Sauvignon or a Riesling will also be much appreciated year-round. Especially when paired with light finger food.
Drink What You Love!
Of course, some wines are better for certain types of weather and times of the year, but you shouldn’t let anything come between you and your favourite wine.
If you want to learn more, let us show you around the Yarra Valley on a private winery tour with Chauffeur Drive Melbourne, Yarra Valley. Visit your favourite wine producers and see the leaves of the vines fall as they get ready for the winter ahead.
Enjoy wine all year round! Wine is noble like that; it will keep you warm on a cold evening and fresh under summer’s blistering sun!