‘Is variety the spice of life’? I suggest it is for so many reasons. As a trained viticulturist, I was taught to spread risks to mitigate the challenges of weather that is experienced throughout growing season. Growing just one grape variety has its pros and cons. The upside is the management of one grape variety is relatively easy (prune, grow, harvest…. and then go on holiday). The cons are, if there is unfavourable weather at the wrong time, you can lose the entire crop, plus it is bloody boring!
Think about the gambling game Roulette. You can place all your money on one colour or a number and clean-up if luck comes your way (like planting one or two grape varieties). Statistics suggest that if you spread your bets over a wider range of numbers and colours, your overall chance of winning improves. There is an excitement associated with winning! So, lots of little wins can be far more satisfying than the highs and lows of the big wins and big losses! The frequency of the little ‘wins’ that have come from the planting of varieties, such as Nero d’Avola, Fiano, Greco, Arinto and so on, far outweigh the occasional win that traditional varieties such as Chardonnay or Shiraz has delivered us.
In 2003, when Holly and I purchased our first vineyard, we never imagined that we would be growing over thirty different grapes varieties. We wanted to plant varieties that suited our climate – while we had little idea how these grapes varieties would perform in our vineyard or region, our strategy of placing as many bets as possible across the board ensured that we would find enough winners to be successful. This approach makes Ricca Terra one of the most diverse vineyards in Australia. While there has been the odd loss, overall the win-to-loss ratio is well in our favour.
For our newsletter subscribers only, we have put together a unique offering, which includes wines that are extremely limited (less than five cases).
The ‘Ricca Terra Alternative’ offering includes:
Nero d’Avola, Grenache Blanc, Arinto, Aglianico, Tinta Barroca and First and Final – Prices at $99/six pack (free delivery). Click to Purchase
The ‘Terra do Rio’ offer includes:
Tinta Amarela, Tinta Cão, Tinta Barroca, Arinto, Touriga Nacional (V18) and Touriga Nacional (V19) – Pries at $99/six pack (free delivery). Click to Purchase
Purchase both packs for a price of $165/case (free delivery). Click to Purchase
I suspect there is no other offer like this in Australia.