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
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
Founded within the cool and temperate climate of the Macedon Ranges, Hesket Estate’s vineyard is grown on a bed of rich and fertile soil. Sustainable viticulture techniques are utilised capturing the grey and red loam soils of the beautiful Hesket Kerrie Valley. These techniques yield grapes of exceptional quality and character. Experience the true quality of this boutique vineyard as you sip fine wine in a tranquil and peaceful garden setting.Our Hesket vineyard features outstanding varieties of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. Grapes are sourced from the local Straws Lane vineyard to produce our Sparkling Blanc de Noir and Gewürztraminer. An elegant Heathcote Shiraz is also available.
Macedon Ranges, Australia
South Australia is the home to some of the most famous wine regions, best-known wineries and oldest vines in Australia. It’s also the birth place to the iconic big and juicy reds that have put this region on the radar for wine lovers across the globe. There are 18 wine regions in SA and the wines are best described as fruit forward, juicy, bold and generous with ripeness, decadence and richness. Common varieties you will find in SA include Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.
Multiregional South Australia, 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
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
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
THE STRENGTH AND LOVE OF FAMILY AND WINE DRIVES THE LONGBOTTOM STORY INTO A NEW ERAKim Longbottom has built her wine business around the core message that family comes first. Twenty years after releasing her first wave of classic red wines with husband Mark from the Limestone Coast’s famed Padthaway region, a new chapter in the Vintage Longbottom story has begun with the arrival of daughter Margo into the company.Their family story continues and now includes the next generation.Margo brings with her a family-instilled passion for wine as well as a vibrant new outlook stemming from her studies in fashion, digital marketing and business.Surrounded by wines and vines all her life, she freely admits she loves the lifestyle that comes with the business as well as the hard work, from getting her hands dirty during vintage to the essential sharing of the admin load and vital new community connections via social media.The wine operation established by Kim and Mark Longbottom, Henry’s Drive Vignerons, paid direct homage to the history of their property where a horse-drawn mail and passenger coach service, run by Henry John Hill, operated in the 19th century.Like the coach drivers of that era, who earned the much-admired respect of locals for their enduring energy and devotion to duty, Kim and Mark became leading family wine producers connected deeply to the Padthaway region in south-east South Australia, now part of the larger zone known as the Limestone Coast.The Longbottoms set up a range of highly regarded wine brands marking the property’s history: Henry’s Drive, The Postmistress, The Scarlet Letter and Morse Code. After Mark’s death in 2008, Kim continued the business with the same commitment and devotion, and with Margo now on board the time came to continue the family story with a fresh start as mother and daughter in new surroundings.
Adelaide Hills, Australia