Top Winemakers Those who have appeared as finalists in our annual winemaker awards since 2007.

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Awards Key

Young Gun of Wine

Since 2007, the Young Gun of Wine Award is our top trophy. It goes to an emerging winemaker that is not only making outstanding wine, but also demonstrating vision and leadership, and nailing the entire pitch, packaging and presentation of their product.

Winemaker’s Choice

The Winemaker's Choice trophy is our peer award, chosen by that year's finalists.


The Danger Zone is the only trophy in our winemaker awards that goes to a wine. It recognises a wine that successfully pushes the boundaries.

People’s Choice

The People’s Choice is decided by the public, choosing from the list of finalists in our annual winemaker awards.

Best New Act

The Best New Act goes to a first time finalists in our winemaker awards this is making a profound impression.


  • Wine label
  • Winemaker
  • Region
  • Award
  • Year
    • Best's
    • Adam Wadewitz
    • Great Western

    • 2011

    2011 Finalist

    • Cien Y Pico/Dandelion Vineyards
    • Elena Golakova
    • McLaren Vale

    • 2010, 2011

    2011 Finalist
    2010 Finalist

    • Eden Road
    • Nick Spencer
    • Canberra District

    • 2011

    2011 Finalist

    • Glaetzer Dixon
    • Nick Glaetzer
    • Tasmania

    • 2011, 2012, 2013

    2013 Finalist
    2012 Finalist
    2011 Finalist

    • Head Wines
    • Alex Head
    • Barossa Valley

    • 2011, 2012, 2013, 2018

    2018 Top 50
    2013 People's Choice
    2012 Finalist
    2011 Finalist

    Lured over from the fine wine side of the game, Alex Head left behind roles in an auction house, wine merchant and importer to get his hands dirty in the rugged soils of the Barossa Valley. The first Head wines hit the market in 2006. His wines are Barossa through and through, but there’s a…

    • Ocean Eight
    • Mike Aylward
    • Mornington Peninsula

    • 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

    2011 Young Gun of Wine
    2011 Finalist
    2010 Finalist
    2009 Finalist
    2008 Finalist

    With an adolescence and early adulthood spent working (while not studying) at his family’s game-changing Kooyong estate on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, Mike Aylward was only heading in one direction. A science degree had to get knocked off first, but his first vintage, a lone pinot gris, was released under the Ocean Eight banner a year…

    • Running With Bulls (Yalumba)
    • Sam Wigan
    • South Australia

    • 2011

    2011 Finalist

    • Seville Estate
    • Dylan McMahon
    • Yarra Valley

    • 2011, 2012, 2014, 2017

    2017 Top 50
    2014 Finalist
    2012 Finalist
    2011 Finalist

    Dylan McMahon now helms the estate planted by his grandfather in the 1970s. Seville Estate may not be family-owned anymore, but McMahon is the respectful custodian of that family history, with an unwavering eye to carrying the estate name forward to even greater heights. With a natural focus on the regional stars, chardonnay and pinot…

    • Vinteloper
    • David Bowley
    • South Australia

    • 2011, 2012

    2012 Finalist
    2011 Finalist

    • Wanderer
    • Andrew Marks
    • Yarra Valley

    • 2010, 2011, 2012

    2012 Finalist
    2011 Finalist
    2010 Finalist

    Although now firmly at the tiller of his family’s Gembrook Hill vineyard, Andrew Marks’ label The Wanderer aptly describes his prior travelling and winemaking ways. Marks continues the tradition of fashioning elegant and refined chardonnay, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc and sparkling wine from the cool Gembrook Hill site in the Upper Yarra Valley, as well…