Wineries

Wineries to visit now

28 Jun, 2022

New South Wales

Audrey Wilkinson – Hunter Valley, NSW

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5  winery | audreywilkinson.com.au | Halliday profile

Centennial Vineyards – Southern Highlands, NSW

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Centennial Vineyards, jointly owned by wine professionals John Large and Mark Dowling, covers 133ha of beautiful grazing land, with the vineyard planted to pinot noir (7.13ha), chardonnay (6.76ha), pinot gris (4.06ha) and smaller amounts of riesling, pinot meunier, albarino, tempranillo, grüner veltliner and gewurztraminer. Centennial purchased the 8.2ha Bridge Creek Vineyard in Orange to meet the challenge of the Southern Highlands’ capricious weather. Centennial have a large cellar door, ensuring they can fit everyone inside to taste their broad and diverse range of wines, of which there are currently around 30.

5  winery | centennial.net.auHalliday profile

Poole's Rock – Hunter Valley, NSW

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4.5 ★ winery | poolesrock.com.auHalliday profile

Victoria

Buller Wines – Rutherglen, VIC

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Established in 1921 by Reginald Buller, Buller Wines is now owned by four local families and are known as one of the great homes of fortified wines. Buller Wines pride themselves on providing something for everyone, from award winning sparkling whites, deep Rutherglen Reds, and premium fortifieds. Capture the true taste of Rutherglen with their Balladeer Range, featuring traditional favourites such as shiraz, cabernet sauvignon or a modern twist on sangiovese and grenache. The Premium Calliope range from their 100-year-old vines has a true cult following and they recommend that you don’t leave without tasting their Rare Muscat and Tokay.

4.5 ★ winery | bullerwines.com.au | Halliday profile

Campbells – Rutherglen, VIC

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Established in 1870, Campbells is owned by fifth generation sisters Jane and Jules Campbell. Campbells is the home of Bobbie Burns Shiraz, The Barkly Durif, The Sixties Block and the world-famous Rutherglen Muscat. A visit to their cellar door is a must; guests can be surrounded by their historic Muscat barrels full of history and hear from the Campbells Team about why they do what they do.

5  winery | campbellswines.com.auHalliday profile

Fowles Wine – Strathbogie Ranges, VIC

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Fowles Wine family-owned vineyards and winery are in the high-altitude region of the Strathbogie Ranges, located 90 minutes northeast of Melbourne.  Led by Matt Fowles, a former lawyer who swapped the vitriol for the vineyard, Fowles Wine craft some of Australia’s finest cool climate wines. Set in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range at elevations between 430 and 550 metres above sea level, the family’s two vineyards - Upton Run and Billi’s - rest upon the free draining, granite soil from giant, ancient granite boulders. Each block has unique aspects and microclimates which all combine to produce intense, elegant wines that are full of character.

4.5 ★ winery | fowleswine.com | Halliday profile

Medhurst Wines – Yarra Valley, VIC

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5  winery | medhurstwines.com.auHalliday profile

Scotchmans Hill – Geelong, VIC

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5  winery | scotchmans.com.auHalliday profile

South Australia

Monteperle – Barossa Valley, SA

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In 2017, Shenzhen-based Jia Yuan Hua Wines bought the 24.3ha Max’s Vineyard in Gods Hill Road, Lyndoch at the southern end of the Barossa Valley. Tony Carapetis was brought onboard as chief winemaker and the Monteperle wines made their debut at the China International Import Expo (CIIE) in 2019. Grenache, shiraz, mataro and cabernet sauvignon are planted in the vineyard and the range features a GSM and Reserve offerings of each of the grape varieties where they present rich, classically structured Barossa wines focusing on the premium end of the market.

 ★ winery | monteperle.com.au | Halliday profile

Paulett Wines – Clare Valley, SA

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4.5 ★ winery | paulettwines.com.auHalliday profile

Sidewood Estate – Adelaide Hills, SA

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5  winery | sidewood.com.auHalliday profile

Turkey Flat – Barossa Valley, SA

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Turkey Flat is a family business that forms a vital part of the Barossa’s rich cultural history and heritage. Today, Christie Schulz is the fourth generation of the Schulz family to become caretaker of the estate. Extensive viticultural research has been undertaken in the vineyards, allowing the team to sensitively blend traditional Rhône varietals which speak confidently of their origin. They pride themselves on ensuring their vines, planted so long ago and now gnarled and twisted, are still a vital part of the process. Recently the historic bluestone butchers shop has been lovingly restored into the cellar door and heart of their Turkey Flat wine business.

5  winery | turkeyflat.com.auHalliday profile

Western Australia

Cullen Wines – Margaret River, WA

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Winegrowing began on the Cullen property in Margaret River over 50 years ago. On the advice of eminent agronomist Dr John Gladstones, Dr Kevin and Diana Cullen planted a trial acre of vines at Wilyabrup in 1966. The encouraging results of this led to the planting of 18 acres of vines in 1971, including their first cabernet sauvignon vines. The Estate is certified Biodynamic, Carbon positive and naturally powered. Grapes are harvested by hand on fruit and flower days according to the astrological calendar. The wines have no additions of yeast, acidity or malolactic culture, and aim to express the place and land on which they are grown.

★ winery | cullenwines.com.au | Halliday profile

Night Harvest – Margaret River, WA

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4 ★ winery | nightharvest.com.auHalliday profile

Passel Estate – Margaret River, WA

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A place of provenance, discovery and sanctuary. Provenance relates to the physical location of this small, family-owned estate in the heart of Margaret River, the great earth in which the vines grow and the maturity of the vines themselves. Discovery is all about the very small quantities produced and the unique Tasting Room experiences on offer. Sanctuary relates to the natural bushland surrounds, comprising some of the oldest peppermint trees in the region. A family of endangered Western Ringtail Possums were relocated here following the 2011 Margaret River bushfires, and the owners continue to support and provide sanctuary to endangered native species within the estate.

4 ★ winery | passelestate.com | Halliday profile

Victory Point Wines – Margaret River, WA

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Located north of Margaret River township, Victory Point vineyard was established in 1998 by the Berson family and has never been irrigated. The vines were hand nurtured through the establishing years and are now producing high-quality fruit which reflects the vintage and site conditions each year. The picturesque site is divided by a permanent creek and produces the chardonnay and pinot noir grapes on the north facing slope and the cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot varieties opposite, where the soil structure is completely different, offering the gravelly loam soils required. Multi award winning wines include; dry rosé, chardonnay, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot.

5  winery | victorypointwines.com | Halliday profile

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AZ Master Wines – Various

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3.5 ★ winery | azmasterwines.com.au | Halliday profile

Chain of Ponds – Various, SA

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Established in 1985, Chain of Ponds pays homage to the eponymous hamlet located in the Adelaide Hills. Despite vanishing under the waters of the Millbrook Reservoir, the memory lives on through the brand’s wines. Joining the winery in 2005 and working under the late Neville Falkenberg, winemaker Greg Clack has since gone on to amass an impressive collection of awards and accolades, thanks to his meticulous attention to both detail and quality. Since its first vintage in 1988, Chain of Ponds has expanded its range to four tiers – epitomising the elegance, refinement and epicurean qualities synonymous with its Adelaide Hills region.

4 ★ winery | chainofponds.com.auHalliday profile

Susuro Wines – Various

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Nikki Palun grew up in a family of backyard winemakers which left her with a deep-seated love of grapes. Her launch into wine was first at De Bortoli, where she was export manager for Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, whilst also studying winemaking at Charles Sturt University. In 2014, she started the Octtava and Susuro wine labels. Nikki is a graduate of the Australian wine industry’s Future Leaders Program, serves on several boards and committees including Wine Victoria and Australian Grape and Wine. She makes wine under her two wine labels, Susuro which specialises in Italian grape varieties, and Octtava which specialises in making classic varieties from classic regions.

4.5 ★ winery | susuro.com.au | Halliday profile

Vineyard Road – Various

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Vineyard Road is owned by FABAL Wines Pty Ltd. FABAL (Food And Beverage Australia Limited) has been growing grapes and managing vineyards Australia-wide for over 30 years and decided to venture into wine production in 2016. Vineyard Road currently has 27 wines on offer across their Langhorne Creek, Barossa Valley and Kent Town Cellar Doors. The estate vineyards are situated in Langhorne Creek, Barossa Valley and Clare Valley, with 825ha of the major varieties under vine. There are also outlying FABAL vineyards in McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Margaret River and Heathcote. Exports include China, the USA and South Korea.

4 ★ winery | vineyardroad.com.au | Halliday profile

Word Play – Various

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4 ★ winery | wordplaywines.com.auHalliday profile