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Top Wineries of Australia top 10 movers

Every year, we see several wineries moving up the list and this can be due to an outstanding vintage, a change of personnel or ownership resulting in improved quality, or simply that we have tasted wines that we haven’t seen before.

Top Wineries of Australia 2024: 29 to 34

Torbreck: best known for rugged, power-packed reds from old vines in the northern and western Barossa. Mount Mary Vineyard: best known for the super-elegant Quintet, a blend of all five red Bordeaux varieties and one of Australia’s most collected reds. The Lane Vineyard: best known for chardonnay, shiraz, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, gamay and sparkling wines, all of which are among the Hills’ most rapid recent improvers. De Salis: best known for chardonnay, pinot noir, fumé blanc and a suite of idiosyncratic and expensive sparkling wines. Serrat: best known for elegant, spicy shiraz viognier, scented pinot noir, refined chardonnay and grenache. Yering Station: best known for a full range of wines focusing on chardonnay, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and their mellow, long matured Yarrabank sparkling wine.

Top Wineries of Australia 2024: 23 to 28

Pooley: best known for riesling, chardonnay, pinot noir—and these days even shiraz—sourced from the Pooley family’s own vineyards in the Coal River Valley near Hobart. Wendouree: best known for traditional full-bodied Clare reds from their own very old vineyards and made in their timeless stone winery. Ten Minutes By Tractor: best known for cool-climate, high-altitude chardonnays and pinot noirs from several estate-owned vineyards. Wynns Coonawarra Estate: best known for cabernet sauvignon and shiraz under several labels topped by flagship blends John Riddoch cabernet and Michael shiraz. Dandelion Vineyards: best known for rugged, full-bodied shiraz, grenache, mataro and blended reds, but also very smart merlot and cabernet. Hickinbotham: best known for impressive single-vineyard reds of cabernet, shiraz, grenache and blends from a mature vineyard at Clarendon.

Top Wineries of Australia 2024: 17 to 22

Brokenwood: best known for some of the region’s finest and most ageworthy semillons and shirazes, especially reserve labels ILR semillon and Graveyard Vineyard shiraz. All Saints: best known for spellbinding old fortified wines, led by muscat and topaque/muscadelle under the Grand and Museum labels. Eisenstone: best known for shiraz and only shiraz, but what shiraz! Rieslingfreak: best known for riesling and only riesling, sourced from top growers in the Clare and Eden Valleys and issued under an astonishing array of numbered labels. Hardys: best known for iconic Thomas Hardy cabernet sauvignon and Eileen Hardy chardonnay and shiraz at the pointy end of pricing. Wolf Blass: best known for big, rich and long-living South Australian reds.

Women in wine

Women have never been better represented among the ranks of winemakers than they are today, and we believe this is especially so among the best wineries.