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
    • Arfion / Salo
    • Dave Mackintosh
    • Yarra Valley

    • 2013

    2013 Finalist

    After a stint making wine on a more industrial scale left him somewhat cold, Kiwi expat Dave Mackintosh found a second home in Victoria’s Yarra Valley. Launching his Arfion label in 2012, Mackintosh has defied easy description, making pure and classic single-site expressions of pinot noir and chardonnay to fermenting pinot gris as whole bunches…

    • Bobar
    • Sally & Tom Belford
    • Yarra Valley

    • 2013

    2013 Finalist

    Sally and Tom Belford’s Bobar wines have developed a dedicated following right from the first syrah back in 2010. The pair have somewhat defined natural wine in the Yarra Valley, without being defined by it. They work from their vineyard in Yarra Glen mainly with chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon and syrah, making expressions that…

    • Glaetzer Dixon
    • Nick Glaetzer
    • Tasmania

    • 2011, 2012, 2013

    2013 Finalist
    2012 Finalist
    2011 Finalist

    • Marion's Vineyard
    • Cynthea Semmens
    • Tamar Valley

    • 2013

    2013 Finalist

    • Si Vintners
    • Sarah Morris & Iwo Jakimowicz
    • Margaret River

    • 2013

    2013 Finalist

    Si Vintners was started by Sarah Morris and Iwo Jakimowicz in 2006, but it was a move to their own Margaret River vineyard and an immersion in biodynamic farming that was the turning point for the pair. Working with the region’s classic varieties – chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, semillon, sauvignon blanc – as well as some…

    • Switch Organic Wines
    • Vanessa Altmann
    • Eden Valley, Langhorne Creek

    • 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019

    2019 Top 50
    2018 Top 50
    2017 Top 50
    2017 Finalist
    2013 Finalist

    Not everyone would trade in their only form of transport for a tonne of pinot noir grapes. Thankfully, in 2010, Vanessa Altman waved goodbye to her Nissan Pulsar and welcomed the first fruit into what would become her own project, Switch. Having worked at the organic pioneer Temple Breuer (certified organic way back in 1995,…

    • Thick as Thieves
    • Syd Bradford
    • Yarra Valley

    • 2012, 2013

    2013 Finalist
    2012 Finalist

    Syd Bradford’s Thick as Thieves label is just a decade old, but it is a firm star of the new wave of Yarra Valley makers. Somewhat tirelessly, Bradford has sourced the fruit from across the Yarra and North east Victoria, made the wines, bottled, marketed, sold and delivered them himself. And when he hasn’t been…

    • Whisson Lake
    • Tom Munro
    • Adelaide Hills

    • 2012, 2013

    2013 Finalist
    2012 Finalist