Here are Australia's best kept secret wineries that the big retailers don't want you to know about. Every single wine listed here is something special, made with love and attention to detail and offers so much value it'll make you think twice about buying from anywhere else again. Explore our own independent wineries who are quietly making the greatest wines our country has to offer.
Paulmara Estates was established by Paul and Mara Georgiadis in 1999, with the first vines planted by Paul in 1995. All of our fruit is grown in this Georgiadis Estates vineyard.Our first wine, 'Syna' was inspired by our Greek and Californian heritage and shared passion for fine wine. 'Syna' is Greek for 'together' and captures our union of two like minds and hearts.Family is at the centre of everything we do, and the stories behind each of our wines are inspired by our life and those we love.
Barossa Valley, Australia
Lethbridge Wines grew from a friendship between Ray Nadeson, Maree Collis and Adrian Thomas. Back in the mid 1990’s we were busy establishing careers in science and medicine and shared a love of great wine which ultimately became quite an obsession. The afternoons sipping Burgundies were replaced by weekends searching for the perfect vineyard site and then by afternoons digging holes and planting vines. For two of us (Maree and Ray) the passion for wine drove us to a tree change, and in 2003 after 7 years of balancing careers in science and running a vineyard and winery, we made Lethbridge Wines our reison d'etre.Our aim is to produce natural, savory wines that focus on balance and texture with a real sense of place or terroir.Maree Collis and Ray Nadeson are not your average winemakers of a boutique winery. Both were initially trained as research scientists and hold PhD degrees in chemistry and medicine, respectively. While combining their scientific careers with winemaking, Maree and Ray completed the winemaking degree at Charles Sturt University. Ray states, "winemaking is not really that different to science, both are creative and both involve 99% perspiration, 1% inspiration".Not surprisingly, the site at Lethbridge was selected based on scientific principles such as soil type, degree days and other climatic indicators, yet when the three partners first explored the property they discovered an ancient old wooden fermentation vat in one of the old sheds. Discussion with the previous owner (Ivor Perdrisat) revealed that his family, Swiss in origin, had planted a vineyard on the exact site back in the 1870's before the discovery of phylloxera in the region. The old wine vat has been reincarnated as a beautiful timber tasting bench in the cellar door. This story is compelling in the connection between traditional wisdom and modern science.
KATSALIDIS family, small production winery, high altitude, cool climate vineyard, Macedon Ranges. Ben Ranken, award winning winemaker.Only an hour's drive from Melbourne, Mount Monument offers an unspoiled environment to produce long-lived complex wines from the varieties Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Macedon Ranges, Australia
The project is the next chapter in the winemaking story of Doug Neal, formerly of the brilliant - and now no longer - Paradise IV.While the demise of the vineyard (which Neal did not own) is one of the more shocking and sad episodes in recent times, the legacy of the Paradise IV bottlings up to the final release 18 months ago left an indelible mark on the many fans amongst our customers. The wines also announced Neal as a formidable talent, albeit one who has flown under-the-radar for much of his winemaking career. Before Paradise IV finished, Neal had been working on the next stanza. His years learning under Giaconda's Rick Kinzbrunner as well as a growing list of consulting successes had honed his vision and understanding of the processes needed to give "voice" to ideas that had been percolating and taking form for decades.One of these was his aim to produce Shiraz that held elegance and nuance as well as density of flavour like those he had tasted in the northern Rhone valley (a feature of the Paraduse IV Dardel in fact) so when a mature vineyard, planted on granite, with multiple clones and at altitude in Murrumbateman became available for long term contract, the stars started to align on his new project, Altera Terra...Another Land.
Multiregional Victoria, Australia
Alex McKay started Collector Wines in 2005 with just a handful of cool climate shiraz and a determination to make elegant, long-lived wines. Fast forward to today, and we are known for wines that sing with a purity of regional expression and varietal definition. Our grapes come from vineyards dotted around the Canberra District and region, but our cellar door is in the heart of country Collector, just outside Canberra.Consistently recognised at regional and national wine shows, our wines showcase the Canberra region and fine winemaking. Alongside riesling, chardonnay and shiraz, Alex has focused on emerging varieties that he knows have an exciting future in the region, such as pinot meunier, gruner veltliner, fiano and sangiovese.A recent profile by Young Gun of Wine highlights how Alex - a YGOW Finalist in 2010 - painstakingly matches variety to site to express both in the glass: "McKay has taken Collector into the elite ranks in one of Australia's most exciting wine regions."James Halliday calls these "exquisitely detailed wines." Wines that speak deeply of place, these represent the Canberra region in a glass. Huon Hooke simply advises: "Time to add Collector Wines to your collection."
Canberra District, Australia
Established by winemaker Maurice O’Shea in 1921, Mount Pleasant’s history is rich in legends, legacies and special wines.Led by Chief Winemaker, Adrian Sparks, the Mount Pleasant team demonstrate a philosophy focused on sharing the best of the Hunter Valley told through every vineyard and every glass. Wine after wine, year after year (over 20 in fact!), Adrian has established himself as a true artist of winemaking, who excels in shaping his wines into something truly special.Mount Pleasant’s award winning history dates back to its early beginnings, a tradition of success which continues today.
Hunter Valley, Australia
Pirathon produces a range of full bodied Shiraz (Syrah) encompassing the great flavour, texture and structure of the north-western Barossa. Pirathon is highly awarded wine brand with many medals and trophies won at wine competitions around the world.Our wines are produced at our state of the art winery located in the picturesque Barossa Valley which is capable of processing 480 tonnes of grapes per year. With our own facilities we can control everything from the vineyard all the way through the winemaking process to produce the best possible wine. We use screw cap closures to improve the consistency of our bottled wine.
Barossa Valley, Australia
BELLEBONNE [bell-y-bon] * beautiful and good, just like Tasmania.A believe that good things are made of beauty and purpose.*SEVEN STAR WINERY AS REVIEWED BY TYSON STELZERBellebonne was started in 2015, with the first release coming in 2017. Natalie Fryar left her corporate winemaking job as chief winemaker of a sparkling brand to start her own company focused on the brilliance of Pipers River traditional method sparkling wine. She has devoted everything to getting the company off the ground, selling cars, houses and more to create wines that speak of where they are from and will tell a story for decades to come of the vineyard the fruit was grown in, who made it and what was happening at the time. The wines are like their maker – elegant, powerful, intellectual, bubbly and fun. Never overdone, they are perfectly balanced expressions of the vintage and the vineyard.
Northern Tasmania, Australia
WELLINGTON & WOLFE: THE PURSUIT OF MASTERFUL RIESLINGMADE WITH THE FINEST FRUIT SOURCED FROM VINEYARDS IN NORTHERN TASMANIA, WELLINGTON & WOLFE WINES ARE CRAFTED TO SHOWCASE THE BEAUTY, DEPTH AND DIVERSITY OF THIS UNIQUE ISLAND.Wellington & Wolfe is a company dedicated to making the finest Riesling possible from Tasmania, started by myself with my wife in 2017.I explore both dry and off-dry, textural styles of Riesling, using skin contact, neutral oak fermentation and lees work to balance the zippy Tasmanian acidity. They speak to the regions from which they come: the Tamar Valley and Pipers River, respectively. The latter makes my Eylandt Reserve and is more delicate and pure, reflecting the sparkling wines that Pipers River is especially known for.The brand is designed to look traditional and reference the history I am fascinated by, but also be modern and a bit playful. Riesling has been made for thousands of years – there’s so much tradition, but equally so much innovation and so many styles. With Wellington & Wolfe I want to push the boat out and make my mark, without throwing out what has come before me.100% RIESLING 100% TASMANIA
Northern Tasmania, Australia
We are a husband and wife team that love growing grape and making wine. In addition to running a B&B and self-contained cottage that overlooks our vineyard.As a very small boutique producer, only the grapes we grow are used to make our wines.View Wine is produced by Sancerre Estate Vineyard, in the heart of the Granite Belt, Ballandean Queensland. If your visiting the region and would like to visit it is best to phone ahead as we currently only take appointments.
Granite Belt, Australia
Fascinated by the ancient winemaking traditions of Georgia, Andy Buchan buried two Qvevri underground and...voila, Analog was born from the depths below.Now, Andy makes incredibly visceral versions of some lesser known varietals, taking stock of past traditions and invigorating new ones with unique approaches to low intervention wine making.Analog wines are natural, deliciously funky and made to enjoy with food and an open mind!