South Australia dominates the list of Australia’s top 50 vineyards with 22 finalists chosen from more than 6000 grape growers nationwide.
Vineyard of the Year is an annual award that aims to shine a light on Australia’s premium wine industry.
To make the list, vineyards must pursue fruit and wine quality, vine health, innovation, and sustainability – encompassing environmental, social, and economic sustainability.
Victoria has 15 vineyards on the list, WA has five, and NSW/ ACT and Tasmania each have four.
“It was super exciting and really encouraging to receive such a strong batch of entries,” panelist Max Allen said.
“It’s so heartening, in a year when our lives have been mired in challenges, setbacks and uncertainty, to celebrate the resilience and long-term thinking and optimism demonstrated by this group of winegrowers.”
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Bushfires, COVID and trade wars with China have made 2020 a difficult year for Australian wine growers.
These awards show that despite the hardships, Australia continues to produce some of the finest wines in the world.
“By focusing on the vineyards, on the places where wine comes from, and on the practices of sustainable grape growing, these awards can help recalibrate how we think about wine, shifting our perception of it from a liquid commodity in a glass to a cultural product of the country it’s from.”Max Allen
Australia’s Top 50 vineyards show a growing trend away from scheduled sprays. Many choose to use less harmful chemicals to create a more “self-balanced” vineyard.
Many of the finalists have gone “beyond organic”, finding innovative ways to reduce the use of copper and sulphur in their vineyards. Others use ducks to control snails, lasers to scare birds and beehives to increase natural biodiversity.
Australia’s Top 50 vineyards
- Adelina, Clare Valley, SA
- Angove, Warboys, McLaren Vale, SA
- Best’s, Concongella, Great Western, Victoria
- Bowyer Ridge, Adelaide Hills, SA
- Cape Mentelle, Margaret River, WA
- Chalmers, Heathcote, Victoria
- Cirillo Estate, Barossa Valley, SA
- Crowford River, Henty, Victoria
- Crittenden Estate, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
- Dallwitz Block, Barossa Valley, SA
- Eden Hall, Eden Valley, SA
- Frankland Estate – Isolation Ridge, Frankland River, WA
- Garden & Field, Eden Valley, SA
- Gemtree, McLaren Vale, SA
- Gorton Drive, Swann Hill, Victoria
- Gralyn Estate, Margaret River, WA
- Hayes Family – Stone Well, Barossa Valley, SA
- Hither and Yon – Stone Well, Barossa Valley, SA
- Hochkirch, Henty, Victoria
- Invercarron, Tasmania
- Kayena, Tasmania
- Koonara, Ambriel’s Gift, Coonawarra, SA
- Lake George, Canberra District, ACT
- Malakoff Vineyard, Pyrenees, Victoria
- Meadowbank, Tasmania
- Mewstone, Tasmania
- Mickan Block, Barossa Valley, SA
- Oakridge, Yarra Valley, Victoria
- Oxford Landing, Riverland, SA
- Penley Estate, Coonawarra, SA
- Place of Changing Winds, Macedon Ranges, Victoria
- Printhie, Millwood, Orange, NSW
- Quealy, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
- Ravensworth, Canberra district, ACT
- Rayner Vineyard, McLaren Vale, SA
- Ricca Terra, Riverland, SA
- Shaw & Smith, Lenswood, SA
- Smallfry, Vine Vale, Barossa Valley, SA
- Smart, McLarent Vale, SA
- Somerset, Pokolbin, Hunter Valley, NSW
- Sorrenberg, Beechworth, Victoria
- Swinney, Frankland River, WA
- Tellurian, Heathcote, Victoria
- The Wine Farm, Gippsland, Victoria
- Thousand Candles, Yarra Valley, Victoria
- Torbreck, Barossa Valley, SA
- Voyager Estate, Margaret River, WA
- Wilimee, Macedon Ranges, Victoria
- Wirra Wirra, McLaren Vale, SA
- Yangarra Estate, McLaren Vale, SA