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52 of the Best Places to Drink Wine

our inaugural guide to the best places to drink wine – and everything else

Winemaker of the Year 2021

MEET THE LAST FOUR FINALISTS

An Aegean Wine Odyssey

BY marcus best

Roll Out the Red Carpet for Aussie Vineyards

BY Andrew Graham

The Godfather of Granite Belt Wines

BY Josh Martin

Time is Ripe for Kosovich’s Chenin Blanc

BY Toni Paterson MW

Howard Park: Distinguished Sites

GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE PROMOTION
TRAVEL

Three Days in the Riverina

BY AMY NORTHCOTT

A Weekend in Heathcote

GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE PROMOTION

Explore Mudgee

GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE PROMOTION

A Local's Guide to Margaret River

PRESENTED BY HOUGHTON WINES
FOOD

Entertain With Bar Snacks

SEASONAL recipes and wine matches

What to Drink With: Tinned Fish

BY PETER BOURNE
TASTINGS

Durif In-Depth

STYLE GUIDE
BY DOM SWEENEY & CSILLA SWAIN

Best of the West

Panel Tasting: WA CABERNET
BY Nick Bulleid MW

Best Buy Wines

Top 60 New Release Wines

REGULARS

Every Precious Drop

It’s certainly a conundrum – a drought-prone country and a water-intensive industry – but Unico Zelo is attempting to solve it with smart practices.

The Glory of Grenache

Once much-maligned, there’s arguably no more exciting grape in Australia right now. But is it best in a blend or can it stand on its own?

Japan’s Other Beverage

Food-friendly shochu might not be as well known as sake, but with the incredible range of flavour profiles, expect to see the spirit soar.

Down The Barrel

Intrepid brewers are returning to barrel ageing, taking a punt that the technique will bring something more to their beer.

Pitch-Perfect Pinot

2019 was a great vintage for pinot noir across Victoria and these three estates made the most of it; meanwhile, a small-batch trial at
Craggy Range bears fruit.

Imports: Must-try Wines from Sicily

There are few more exciting regions on the planet than Sicily. Once home to the fortified Marsala and bulk wines, now no true Italian wine lover can afford to ignore its many jewels. Here are Angus Hughson's top picks.

Bound for Greatness

Always ahead of the crowd, Vanya Cullen is a name synonymous with exceptional
winemaking.

Dear Champagne Makers

Morris Gleitzman pens a letter to the makers of this bubbly sensation.

Off The Press

Catch up on all the latest news in the wine world, including openings in Adelaide and Brisbane, as well as new releases from Seppeltsfield, Taylors and Coravin.

Travel Log

From Mitchelton Wines' newest accommodation offering, to the perfect Sunday afternoon escape in NSW's South Coast – pop these spots on your must-visit list for wine country.

Wine Dilemmas

Q&A | JANE SKILTON

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Sommelier's Choice – Bailee Dewes

“What I love most about working in wine is the interaction you get with people. Wine seems to be the thing that pulls us all together,” says Bailee Dewes of South Brisbane’s La Lune Wine Co. “I love to introduce my favourite wines to guests, or ones that they haven’t tried or heard of before. It’s really gratifying.”

Meet the Maker – Andrew Santarossa

Mitchelton Wines winemaker Andrew Santarossa spoke with Amy Northcott about the Nagambie Lakes region, and the new drought-tolerant Portuguese varieties he's trialling in the area.

Penfolds Collection 2021

There are many highlights among the 16 wines that form the Penfolds Collection 2021 and they are joined by two special edition wines in what has become a regular adjunct to the core collection.

Japanese Whisky

With interest in sake increasing around the country, we’ve called on renowned sake expert Yukino Ochiai of Deja Vu Sake to help us understand this beverage in all its guises. Here is her regular column to feature in GT WINE. Kampai!

2021 Vintage Reports

Read 2021 Vintage Reports from wineries in Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley, Geelong, Riverina, Canberra District and across Tasmania.

Test Your Knowledge

Think you know your wine? Take our GT WINE Quiz to see how you shape up!