The Real Review Top Wineries of Australia 2021 announced

Yarra Yering winemaker Sarah Crowe. (Photo: Yarra Yering)

Yarra Yering is the number one winery in Australia. It has topped The Real Review’s Top Wineries of Australia 2021 list, published today.

Yarra Yering is one of the original wineries in the 20th-century resurgence of the Yarra Valley, established in 1969 by Dr Bailey Carrodus. Today it is owned by Ed Peter and Reid Bosward, who are also owners of the Barossa Valley’s Kaesler winery and vineyard.

This is the fourth year The Real Review has published our Top Wineries of Australia list, which is based on the scores gained at our tastings.

Winemaker since late 2013 is Sarah Crowe, who has done much to further elevate the quality of wines that were already standard-bearers before she arrived.

Yarra Yering nudged last year’s leader Cullen into fourth place, and 2019’s leader Penfolds came second. Yalumba, which was number five last year has risen to number three. By Farr has risen more than 20 places to finish fifth. Langmeil and Seppeltsfield have leap-frogged a basket of wineries to be sixth and seventh, while Crawford River finished eighth.

Taste the Top Wineries of Australia 2021

The Real Review is hosting a new consumer tasting event for the wine-loving public of Melbourne and Sydney, showcasing more than 30 Top Wineries of Australia 2021, including this year’s Winery of the Year, Yarra Yering. Click below to find out more.

Yarra Yering produces all of its wines from its own 29-hectare estate in the Gruyere district of the Yarra Valley, on the lower slopes of the Warramate Hills, just off the Maroondah Highway. The area is home to a raft of top vineyards and wineries including Yeringberg, Oakridge, Giant Steps, Coldstream Hills, Medhurst and Levantine Hill.

Since her arrival at Yarra Yering, Sarah Crowe has expanded the Carrodus range of shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir and viognier, dedicated to founder Dr Carrodus and produced from the original vines that he planted.

The wines have long been concentrated, powerful and long-living but Crowe has further polished them into the wonderfully elegant, fresh, aromatic and finely structured wines of today. Oak is seldom a prominent feature: rather, the fruit is given centre stage, the tannins are refined and harmonious, and the wines have great balance and harmony. They drink beautifully when young but there’s little doubt they will age as well as ever.

There are many big improvers, including Torbreck, Tolpuddle and Vasse Felix.

This is the fourth year The Real Review has published our Top Wineries of Australia list, which is based on the scores gained at our recent tastings. It is an annual event, and the rankings are determined algorithmically, using the top-scoring wines from each winery.

There are many big improvers, including Torbreck (up to 12th from 49th), Tolpuddle (up to 13th from 44th) and Vasse Felix (up to 18th from 52nd), as well as the following who moved into the top 52 this year:

Langmeil (6th), Seppeltsfield (7th), Crawford River (8th), Bindi (20), De Bortoli (21), Hentley Farm (25), Paringa Estate (26), Peter Lehmann (29), John Duval (34), Pierro (38), Keith Tulloch (42), Rieslingfreak (48), Pewsey Vale (49), Duke’s Vineyard (51) and Moss Wood (52).

How the regions rated

RegionNumber of wineries
Barossa/Eden Valley14
Yarra Valley8
Margaret River6
Hunter Valley6
Mornington Peninsula3
Great Southern, McLaren Vale, Tasmania & Beechworth2 each
Grampians, Geelong, Henty, Clare, Coonawarra, Canberra District and Macedon Ranges1 each

The top 52* are just the cream, as there are more than 400 wineries in the complete list by clicking below:

If your favourite winery is not on the list it’s probably a reflection of the very high standard of wine in this country, and the intensity of competition. Either that or we haven’t tasted their wines recently.

*Readers are invited to buy The Sydney Morning Herald or The Age tomorrow to receive the Good Weekend magazine, which contains my feature story on the Top Wineries of Australia 2021. It contains mini-profiles of the 52 highest-ranked wineries.


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