Measuring 3 million square miles, the continent of Australia is the world’s sixth-largest country. Equivalent in size to the continental United States, it has only one-sixteenth the population, with 90% of Australians concentrated within 50 miles of a coastline in the cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Canberra. Much of the vast middle section of the country, famously known as the Outback, is a hot, sparsely populated desert.
Because Australia is "down under" in the southern Hemisphere, its seasons are the opposite of those in the United States: Spring is September to November; summer is December to February; autumn is March to May; and winter is June to August. The wine grape harvest typically begins in early February and lasts through early May.
Australians are engaging, friendly, good-humored sorts always ready for a swim, sail, game of rugby or boisterous barbecue. Their bold, easy-going personality is reflected in every bottle of Alice White.