Our guest in this wine podcast episode of Drinks Adventures, Andrew Caillard MW, is one of Australia’s leading authorities on wine.
A key figure in shaping the country’s fine wine agenda for over 25 years, Andrew is a wine marketing graduate of Roseworthy Agricultural College in South Australia and he passed the Master of Wine examination in 1993.
He founded Langton’s, Australia’s leading wine auction house, which was acquired by Woolworths in 2009.
Since then, Andrew has been employed as Fine Wine Principal at Pinnacle Drinks, a division of Endeavour Drinks Australia; the Woolworths subsidiary behind retailers such as Dan Murphy’s and BWS.
This year, Andrew published a new book called Imagining Coonawarra, which tells the story of how Wynns founder John Riddoch pioneered the Coonawarra region.
I could go on about Andrew’s highly decorated career. But today, he joins us on the Drinks Adventures podcast to talk about the debut of two Australian wines on the prestigious international wine marketplace, La Place de Bordeaux.
Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon and Jim Barry The Armagh Shiraz are now available to a network of international fine wine buyers and collectors in over 100 countries.
This agreement has been facilitated by Australian wine brokers Tom Portet and Emma
Thienpont, who have strong family ties with Bordeaux.
Their company Australian First Growths was established to assist and promote the crème de la crème of Australian wine through international sales and marketing networks.
I started by asking Andrew why this milestone is so important for Australian wine.
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