Trying to impress a bona fide oenophile whose tried damn near every type of wine? Hop on a plane or book a cruise to the island state of Tasmania, located at the southern tip of Australia. It’s “one of the wine industry’s best-kept secrets,” says Tom Kendall, an Australia product executive for Audley. Its cool climate is ideal for sparkling wines (Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Riesling, in particular) and even Moet and Chandon have begun to use Tassie grapes, he says. Yet, hardly any of the local vino (try, 0.1 percent!) gets exported outside Australasia. Once you’ve landed, keep it simple: Follow the 140 km Tamar Valley Wine Route to explore dozens of boutique wineries.
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