Yarra Valley, VIC
Known for: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Rosé, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Melange Blanc, Blanc, Semillon, Botrytis
A stunning setting in the hillsides of the Yarra Valley, Levantine Hill Estate is a family affair led by Managing Director Samantha Jreissati. The varietal plantings are inspired by the Grand Cru wines of Burgundy and First Growths of Bordeaux and are limited in their production each year.
Owners: Elias & Colleen Jreissati
Head Wine Maker: Paul Bridgeman
Known for: Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Sparkling Wines
Nestled between the Porongurup and Stirling ranges (400km south east of Perth), Duke’s Vineyard and cellar door is as picturesque as the wines are delicious. The Duke produces soft reds and award winning Rieslings, including the first ever white wine to be awarded 99 points by James Halliday. All wines are made from 100% estate grown fruit.
Owners: Duke & Hilde Ranson
Primary Winemaker: Tony Cosgriff.
McLaren Vale, SA
Known for: Vermentino, Cortese, Blanquito, Naranjitio, Tintito, Aglianico, Cabernet Franc, Nebbicholo
Somos brings a unique style and Latin flair to winemaking producing small batches of unusual single vineyard wines. Produced with minimal intervention from sustainably managed vineyards in the McLaren Vale, wines are designed to complement the food the owners love.
Owners & Winemakers:
Ben Calwell, Mauricio Ruiz Cantú
Known for: Chardonnay, Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Traminer, Albarino, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo
A premium cool climate winery with plantings in Bowral (Centennial Vineyards) and Orange (Bridge Creek Vinyard); both in NSW. Many wines are single vineyard, meaning they reflect the unique characteristics of the climate and terroir. The Bowral site also has a scenic cellar door and restaurant.
Owners: John Large & Mark Dowling
Wine Maker: Tony Cosgriff
Known for: Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Merlot, Sparkling Wines
The Hamilton Family heritage in winemaking goes back to the first vines planted in South Australia in 1837. Dr Richard Hamilton established the McLaren Vale vineyard in 1972, and Sydney established Leconfield in 1974. After 65 vintages the two vineyards became one and is now home to three iconic wine brands: Leconfield Coonawarra, Syn Sparkling, and Richard Hamilton Wines.
Owners: Dr Richard Hamilton & Jette Hamilton
Winemakers: Paul Gordon & Greg Forster
Southern Barossa, SA
Known for: Shiraz, Pinot Gris, Montepulciano, Aglianico
Two mates- one an established winemaker and the other a wine lover, hand-picked a tonne of Shiraz grapes to produce their first 100 dozen. Hands stained purple from the grapes, the Purple Hands brand was born. Wines now include fruit driven varieties that reflect the terroir of individual vineyards from the cooler end of the Barossa Valley to the Adelaide Hills.
Owners: Craig Stanborough & Mark Slade
Winemaker: Craig Stanborough
Known for: Shiraz, Nero D’Avola, Chardonnay, Grüner Veltliner
Precious Little Wines is all about the enjoyment of quality wines shared. A philosophy that seeks out the very best parcels of grapes to transform them into amazing small batch wines, minus the pretentiousness. Rather than focusing on producing essentially the same wine year on year (akin to commercial winemaking), Precious Little draws out the characteristics of each unique vintage as a stand-alone discovery.
Viticulturist: Adam Smith
Winemaker: Marty O’Flaherty
Known for: Chardonnay, Verdelho, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Cabernet, Shiraz, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Tempranillo, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese
Certified organic, Windowrie Estate was the first winery in Cowra, New South Wales. The decision to move into wines began in the 1980’s when David and Wizz O’Dea diversified the farm to include vineyards. The family has committed to making the best possible boutique wines with characters particular suited to the region.
Owners & Winemakers: David & Wizz O’Dea