Young Gun of Wine Shines a light on emerging winemakers

See the announcement of the 2020 Top 50 winemakers here.

Vote on the People’s Choice here, and register for the virtual events coming late May.


The thing about emerging wine producers is they’re a source of innovation, inspiration and new ideas. They’re not shackled by conventions. They’re free. Wide-eyed; adventurous; eager to travel; to experiment; to remix, they question everything. They create energy. They excite. And this is how they lead.

Our definition of a young gun is not about a date of birth*. It’s about this spirit and being young at heart. We’ve had a number of past finalists over 40 – because, really, it takes a lot to make impressive wine.

Whether they’re employed by an established company or running their own show; whether they’re refining traditional styles or getting radical, we want to provide a platform for these people and their ideas.

They come in all forms. Our definition of a winemaker isn’t limited to the person who presses the fruit and racks the wine. Steve Jobs didn’t assemble the circuitry in Apple products, but he’s the one, isn’t he.

These awards are about gathering the like-minded and uniquely individual talents together, rallying eclectic and far flung tastes, making noise, getting them noticed and having a ripping time along the way.

Young Gun of Wine is a search and showcase of winemaking talent, open to both young wine labels and winemakers on the rise*.

*Please see FAQs on registrations page re: age limit and wine submissions.

  • Registrations open for 14th annual YGOW: June 2019
  • Early bird registrations close: August 16, 2019
  • National event tour: September-November, 2019
  • Late registrations close: December 31, 2019
  • Submissions for the tasting panel: January, 2020
  • Top 50 trade and consumer events: dates and which two cities, TBC
  • Trophy presentation for all 50 winemakers, dovetailing from the final consumer and trade event: May or June (final date TBC), 2020
The Tasting Panel (2019 YGOW Awards)

Nick Stock

Chief panellist of the Young Gun of Wine. Author, International Wine Communicator and Awarded Best Drinks Journalist at the 2007 Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards.

Emma Farrelly

Beverage manager for all venues within the state buildings in Perth, which includes destination venues Long Chim, Petition and Wildflower.

Mike Bennie

Wine/drinks editor for Delicious Magazine; editor-at-large for The
Winefront; and writer for Gourmet Traveller wine magazine, and many more.

Josephine Perry

Winemaker at Dormilona in Margaret River, Josephine won the Young Gun of Wine in 2016.

Pip Anderson

Formerly 2IC at Merivale in Sydney, Pip Anderson now heads up the wine at Mona in Hobart where she is also applying her hands to winegrowing.

Penny Grant

Penny Grant is the Group Sommelier for the Ghanem Group in Brisbane, whose venues include the iconic Blackbird, as well as the new Dona Chang.

Rory Kent

Founder of Young Gun of Wine, and editor-in-chief of younggunofwine.com.

Rob Mack

Winemaker at Aphelion in Mclaren Vale, Rob took out the Young Gun of Wine title in 2018 – and, as such, joined the panel for 2019.

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