It’s high time we re-visited Down Under with fine wineries a little under the commercial radar from both Australia and New Zealand. Australia especially is an expansive friend that deserves a close look as its wines begin to surge once again in quality and popularity. From New Zealand, we’ll meet the Kumeu River winery, as well as Peter Yealands and Mud House from Central Otago, hotbed of lauded Pinot Noir production. Kumeu River, an Auckland pioneer, has long made super-elegant Chardonnays. Peter Yealands in the Awatere Valley is one of the world’s very few wineries certified as carbon neutral! From Australia, we revel in Barossa Valley beauties from Grant Burge (established in 1855), Hewitson, and Schild Estate – ambassadors for Barossa’s great strength, very old vine Grenache and Shiraz. Two neat treats: Durif (‘Petit Sirah’) from Riverina in New South Wales, and Adelaide Hills Riesling from Egon Müller, Mosel’s superstar!