Mitchelton – Nagambie Lakes, VIC
In 1967 Colin Preece was commissioned to find a location in south-east Australia that was both “exceptionally beautiful” and capable of producing outstanding wines. In 1969 Preece chose an old grazing property prized for its climate, soil and proximity to the waterways, and called his new winery Mitchelton. Today, the Nagambie estate vineyard in owned by Gerry Ryan and boasts 108 hectares of riesling, chardonnay, marsanne, shiraz, grenache and cabernet sauvignon, while the Toolleen vineyard in Heathcote produces shiraz. Mitchelton is now firmly establishing itself as a tourism destination, bolstered by the development of a new 58-room hotel and day spa to accompany The Muse Restaurant, café style Provedore, and Australia’s largest commercial collection of Aboriginal Art.
Sanguine Estate – Heathcote, VIC
Located on the famous 510-million-year-old Cambrian earth fault line in Heathcote, Sanguine is owned by the Hunter family: parents Linda and Tony and children Mark (Winemaker) and Jodi (CEO). Just an 8 min drive from the heart of town, visitors can enjoy award winning wines on the terrace overlooking vineyards or wander inside the winery among the barrels and fermentation tanks for a guided wine tasting comprising plenty of family winemaking history dating back to the 1860’s. Throughout the year Sanguine hosts many unforgettable events such as a rare trophy winning wines tasting and a Cheese and Wine matching masterclass on 11th – 13th June.
Shadowfax Winery – Port Phillip Zone, VIC
A boutique winery in the heart of Werribee Park, dedicated to producing quality, handcrafted wines that express the characteristics of the vineyards in which they were grown. Shadowfax’s wines have a strong focus on regionality with the majority of its fruit produced from its vineyards in the Macedon Ranges and Werribee, and other small growers in Geelong and the Pyrenees. Each vineyard has its own distinct characteristics and produces grapes of the highest quality. Shadowfax offers wine tastings, cellar door sales and delicious lunches including antipasti, cheese, wood fired pizzas and seasonal dishes. Live music is presented every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm - 3pm.
Tahbilk – Nagambie Lakes, VIC
Established in 1860, Tahbilk is one of Australia's most beautiful and historic wineries, located in the Nagambie Lakes region of Central Victoria and one of the nation's premium viticultural areas. The vineyard comprises 200 hectares of vines including whites of marsanne, viognier and roussanne - the reds - shiraz, grenache and mourvedre as well as the traditional varieties. Tahbilk is further blessed with an abundance of 'old vine' plantings including shiraz from 1860, cabernet dating back to 1949 and marsanne from 1927.
Taltarni – Pyrenees, VIC
Established in 1969, Taltarni Vineyards is one of the pioneering wineries of Victoria's Pyrenees, dedicated to making exceptional wines from the unique terroir of the region. Taltarni Vineyard and Winery was founded on the principles of individuality, independence and expression. Combining old-world traditions with innovative new-world techniques, Taltarni produces a diverse range of high-calibre still red and white wines, and methode-traditionnelle crafted sparkling wines. The diversity of Taltarni’s portfolio ensures that, as they put it “there’s a perfect Taltarni wine for the key moments in life”.
Wine X Sam – Strathbogie Ranges, VIC
Founded by husband and wife team, Sam Plunkett and Bron Dunwoodie. Sam has been making award winning wines in Central Victoria for more than 25 years. While grapes are grown on the family vineyard in the Strathbogie Ranges, their urban winery is in the regional township of Seymour. Fronted by a retro-chic cellar door & cafe, visitors can choose to relax with a glass of wine & some regional produce or opt to step into the main cellar to experience the sights & smells of a working winery.
Yarra Edge – Yarra Valley, VIC
Yarra Edge Vineyard is inspired by the great wine styles of Bordeaux and Burgundy, with the elevation and topography providing the perfect site to produce wines of great quality and excellence. Plantings commenced in 1983 by the Bingeman family, with premium varieties including cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, malbec, pinot noir and chardonnay based on the advice and guidance of the Middleton family. The wines were originally grown and made on site and released under the Yarra Edge label, but this changed in 1998 when the vineyard was leased to Yering Station, where the cabernet consistently made single vineyard classification. In 2013 the property was purchased by new owners, who pride themselves on their focus on quality.
New South Wales
Lillypilly Estate – Riverina, NSW
Lillypilly Estate was established in Leeton in southern New South Wales in 1972. The Fiumara family began their life in Australia in the 1950's, growing and selling fresh fruit and vegetables. Seven brothers worked with their father and mother to build a strong family business. Robert Fiumara, the sixth of seven sons, developed a love of winemaking and after graduating from university he created his first wine In 1982. Lillypilly now has a diverse range of wines from dry to sweet, including dessert and fortified wines. Robert has won over 1000 awards and his passion for wine continues to enable him to capture the Riverina region's unique climate and flavours in a bottle.
Mistletoe Wines – Hunter Valley, NSW
The origins of Mistletoe Wines can be traced back to 1965, when husband and wife Ken and Gwen Sloan fell in love with the Hunter Valley. In 1989 they decided to pursue their dreams and established Mistletoe Wines with the ethos “quality without compromise”. Since then, they’ve achieved many thousands of medals, awards and accolades, including a 5-star Halliday rating. With covid limiting exports to China and Ken and Gwen now ready for retirement, they decided to sell the property and close the cellar door. However, wine sales continue, with clearance prices, and can be made online or by phone. Check their website for details.
Mount Pleasant – Hunter Valley, NSW
In 1921, the legendary Hunter Valley winemaker Maurice O’Shea, one of the founding fathers of the modern Australian wine industry, bought a small parcel of land in the parish of Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley. His pursuit of perfection and his spirit of innovation helped turn the Hunter Valley into a centre of the emerging wine culture. The old saying goes that 'great wines start in the vineyard', and this is something Mount Pleasant strongly believe in. From Old Hill, planted in 1880 by Charles King, to the Lovedale vineyard, planted by Maurice O’Shea in 1946, each site creates unique and personal wines that are part of the fabric of the Mount Pleasant story.
RidgeView Wines – Hunter Valley, NSW
Established in 2000 by Darren & Tracey Scott, Ridgeview is an insider’s secret, brimming with a solid suite of wines and some exceptional aged releases and older cellar stock. The address also boasts the funkiest retro label in all of the Hunter Valley. In 2020 Ridgeview purchased a neighbouring property, Eagle’s Nest, planted to chardonnay, sangiovese, verdelho and shiraz. In lieu of the expansion, a new winery is slated for completion in ’23. This will complement the established restaurant and its holistic culture of wines, local produce and herbs, all grown at the estate.
Trentham Estate – Murray Darling, NSW
Trentham Estate is a family-owned boutique winery set right on the banks of the Murray River at Trentham Cliffs, just 15 minutes from Mildura, Victoria. In the cosy Cellar Door Trentham offers tastings and sales of its vast wine range with something to please all tastes – classic, rounded styles right through to award-winning alternative varieties. Enjoy the superb lunch menu in the restaurant, which focuses on the use of local produce to create contemporary Australian cuisine. The panoramic views can also be enjoyed while indulging in share plates on the green lawns.
Curator Wine Company – Barossa Valley, SA
The Curator Wine Company was established in 2012 and is located on the western side of Barossa Valley, in the sub-region of Marananga. The property is 30 acres in size, with 22 acres of vineyard, within which are eight individual blocks, each with unique soil profiles, including quartzite, blondstone, ironstone, alluvial clay loam, sandy loam over clay, and black crackling clay. Winemaker and proprietor, Thomas White, is passionate about curating individual wines from each block to show the differences in soil profiles, rootstock, and vine age. The end goal is to make wines that reflect their site through minimal handling and intervention.
Grandeur Wellington – McLaren Vale, SA
With over 30 years’ experience in the district, Grandeur Wellington have a good knowledge of the different types of soils and vine clone used by their contract growers and believe that its what they leave out that makes the difference. They use small batch fermentations, keeping every parcel separate until the very end when, after 18 months of oak aging, frequent tastings, and grading, they blend the parcels to make their varietals. Their 1500sqm modern winery was built in 2015 on 30 acres of prime vineyard land at Blewitt Springs, and is the perfect place for enjoying their 50-year-old dry grown Grenache and shiraz.
Jacob's Creek – Barossa Valley, SA
In 1847, along the banks of Jacob’s Creek, Johann Gramp planted his first vineyard. His vision was to create great tasting wines that reflect the true character of the grapes and the land. Today, Jacob’s Creek (owned by Pernod Ricard) is one of the largest-selling brands in the world. The brand’s home is in the heart of the beautiful rolling hills of the Barossa Valley, with sweeping views of the vineyards . Their award-winning visitor centre on the site of the world-famous creek includes a cellar door, wine café, kitchen garden, tennis court and function spaces.
Landaire at Padthaway Estate – Padthaway, SA
Landaire is a family-owned label by David and Carolyn Brown, producing single-vineyard hand-crafted wines reflecting the unique terroir. The small parcels of grapes for Landaire wines are carefully selected from their Glendon Vineyard in Padthaway, and their winery is housed in the heritage-listed Padthaway Estate, which was purchased in 2017 and his since undergone significant restoration works. To honour the history of the property and its original owners, Robert and Eliza Lawson, they continue to produce the Padthaway Estate Eliza Sparkling, which can be tasted, along with their Landaire wines, at Padthaway Estate's 1850's The Stables Cellar Door. Accommodation is available in the original 1901 Shearers Quarters and 1847 Lawson Cottage.
St Hallett – Barossa Valley, SA
Established in 1944 by the Lindner Family, St Hallett represents the very spirit and soul of winemaking in the Barossa. From humble beginnings, St Hallett have built up a deep understanding of the rich tapestry of vineyard sites and climates in the Barossa, and with this, an appreciation for and understanding of local growers and the finest vines and highest-quality parcels of fruit the Barossa can offer – particularly shiraz. By saving old vines and tailoring fermentation and maturation to each parcel, the St Hallett winemaking team strive to reveal the rich textures, depth and diversity of Barossa wine.
Utopos – Barossa Valley, SA
Utopos is, by definition, Kym Teusner’s search for perfection - a Barossan Utopia if you will. Straddling the bounds of Marananga and Greenock, the Utopos Vineyard is one of the most elevated sites on the western aspect of the Valley. Perched at the northern tip of an ironstone ridge that defines the iconic wine style of this closely held Barossan sub-region, the lean and stony soils consistently produce low yields of intensely flavoured fruit that loudly proclaims its Barossan origin. The X-factor is the site-driven savoury nuance that Kym strives for. As he says, he won’t be content until “the seemingly unobtainable is obtained”.
Gala Estate – East Coast Tasmania
Gala Estate, located in the east coast, is recognised as the second oldest family business in Tasmania. It is currently run by the 5th, 6th and 7th generation of Amos descendants, who have been living and working on the original land grant for over 200 years. The land is surrounded by four wild rivers and five private forest reserves, allowing them to breathe, as they say, “the world’s cleanest air”. They pride themselves on consistently making some of Tasmania’s finest pinot noir, which they believe comes from the pristine environment and their connection to the land. They have a boutique cellar door which showcases their history, their vegan wines and their passion for local products.
Mewstone Wines – Southern Tasmania
Brothers Matthew and Jonny Hughes established Mewstone Vineyard on the banks of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel in the tiny hamlet of Flowerpot in 2011. The vineyard is planted on a former cherry orchard, the original 2ha since expanded to 3.6ha consisting mainly of pinot noir, with some riesling, chardonnay, and a tiny amount of shiraz. Jonny is the winemaker in this venture, having studied winemaking in NZ before working in Langhorne Creek, Central Otago, Mornington Peninsula, Barolo, Hunter Valley and Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. With the vineyard established to produce the single-site Mewstone wines, the brothers have embarked on a 2nd label, Hughes & Hughes, which focuses on Tasmania as a whole. Best New Winery in the Wine Companion 2019.
Fraser Gallop Estate – Margaret River, WA
Fraser Gallop Estate produces single vineyard premium wines which reflect the climate and the soils of the upper Wilyabrup region of Margaret River, Western Australia. From the selection of the site, to the care of the vineyard, to the respectful treatment of the fruit, they make no compromise in their commitment to the making of great wine. Their Cellar Door is open 7 days, where you can indulge in a wine tasting of current and back vintages or tour the Estate and gardens in an EV buggy, guiding you through a selection of critically acclaimed wines deep within the vineyards from which they are created.
Harvey River Estate – Geographe, WA
Harvey River Estate has a long and significant tradition of winemaking in Western Australia, the family having farmed and made wine on the original property since the first generation arrived from Italy in 1928. The wine range consists of popular varietals which are designed to be enjoyed in the short to medium term, including sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, semillon, rosé, merlot, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon. Nestles among the family’s orchard is the cellar door, where you can indulge in a wine tasting and cheese board, peruse the range of wine floor sales and giftware or head up to The Big Orange for a gorgeous view.
McHenry Hohnen Vintners – Margaret River, WA
Located just south of Margaret River, McHenry Hohnen Vintners is a joint venture of the McHenry and Hohnen families. At the core of their brand are their philosophies, and they pride themselves on creating wines that are sustainable, natural, progressive and distinctive, maintain respect and integrity from vine to bottle at all times. In 2021 the winery opened a ‘pop up’ tasting room in the historic and colourful town of Witchcliffe. Now visitors and locals alike can slow down and taste some of the wines that make the area so unique and special.
Willoughby Park – Great Southern, WA
After its establishment in 2000, Bob and Marilyn Fowler purchased the estate in 2010 and created Willoughby Park. Since then, the Fowler family's intention has been to create expressive wines that are true representations of the Great Southern wine region. Their tiny Kalgan River vineyard, located on Western’s Australia’s south coast, has been described by James Halliday as a “might mouse of a vineyard”, and their premium fruit is treated with care throughout the winemaking process, with each step focusing on allowing the inherit varietal and regional characteristics to shine through. Hand-picked, estate-grown fruit is given the spotlight here.