The Future Makers is a groundbreaking new work by wine writer Max Allen, set to redefine Australia's wine landscape for the new century. As global warming and continued drought threaten the state of the Australian wine industry, many winemakers are beginning to think long-term, and in doing so are starting to better understand the unique relationship they have with their vine-growing land.
The Future Makers takes you around the country and introduces you to the areas and the people shaping Australia's wine future. Regional chapters feature in-depth profiles of top winemakers - those who are upholding valuable traditions, those who are setting the standard for varietal wine quality and those who are at the cutting edge of innovation - plus tasting notes for all of their best wines. Also included are detailed explanations of why a region's wines taste the way they do: a portrait of soils, climate, grape varieties and cultural influences that contribute to the singular qualities of Australia's diverse wine styles.
Throughout the book you'll find extended discussions of the controversies and debates moulding Australia's new wine tradition, and an exploration of the major issues and challenges facing Australia's grape growers and winemakers. At the heart of The Future Makers is a celebration of the diversity, complexity and unmistakable flavour of Australia's wines.
About the Author
Max Allen is one of Australia’s best wine writers. He is a regular columnist for The Weekend Australian Magazine and G, among other publications, and is wine editor for Australian Gourmet Traveller. He runs popular wine education courses in Melbourne and is a regular presenter and judge at wine tastings around the world. He is also a fervent supporter of biodynamic wines and sustainable wine production.
Max’s publications include Red and White: Wine Made Simple; Yarra Valley Wineguide; Sniff, Swirl and Slurp; Crush: The New Australian Wine Book; and The Really Useful Pocket Wine Book.
Allen has won numerous awards for his writing, including the prestigious Andre Simon Memorial Award in 1999 and Wine Communicator of the Year Trophy, awarded by the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London in 2003.
""Brash, clever and witty, Max Allen has produced the liveliest basic beginner book on the shelf." --"Wine Spectator" on" Red and White