Matthews Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines

WA Wineries Feature in Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines

Congratulations to Leeuwin Estate and Mosswood who have been included in the top 40 of Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines for 2017.

Leeuwin Estate was also named Winery of the Year and awarded his highest point score, a perfect 20/20 for the new release 2014 Art Series Chardonnay in his annual 100 Best Australian Wines Report at the London launch on 23 May 2017.


Matthew reflected on the influence that Leeuwin Estate has had on the UK market noting:

"I have followed Leeuwin Estate closely for 28 years – I tasted my first Art Series Chardonnay in April 1990 and I remember it as if it was yesterday. 

"I have bought, sold and/or written about this pioneering estate every single year since.  Leeuwin is a titan among Australian boutique wineries.  No other estate has such a lofty nor long term grip on Chardonnay supremacy.  When I pour Leeuwin Prelude Chardonnay or Art Series Chardonnay at events or on the Roadshow consumers are actively excited to taste the wine. 

"These wines have an aura of greatness and even newcomers to wine seem to have heard this name.  Perhaps this is because this idyllic estate brings so much more than just its epic wines to our lives.  The art gallery (and labels), restaurant and music/concert sub-themes bring this winery to life and they show that Denis and Trish and now Simone and Justin Horgan appreciate how wine is but one part of the overall experience of our artistic and hedonistic existence.

"I will never forget a vertical tasting of Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay, hosted by their most fervent cheerleader, UK agent Hilary Gibbs from Burgundy specialists Domaine Direct, back in 2002.  We tasted wines from 1987 – 1999 and every single wine was sublime.  Fifteen-year-old Chardonnay, back then, which stood up perfectly and reminded us that Australia was becoming a Chardonnay force to be reckoned with, was a siren call to us all in the UK. 

"It was, to my mind, the beginning of Australia’s Chardonnay era, which continues to evolve to this day.  Without Leeuwin I feel that the entire country would not have travelled so far so fast and with their standards as high as ever, and with Art Series Cabernet joining the Chardonnay as an important wine for serious wine lovers’ cellars, it is my immense pleasure to announce that Leeuwin has picked up this year’s Winery of the Year title."

The 100 Best Australian Wines Report is available for sale on in ‘digital’ .pdf form.



Young Gun of Wine

Calling all young at heart winemakers!

Entries for the eleventh annual Young Gun of Wine are now open (until September 16), and the competition organisers, judges and sponsors are on the hunt for the best ‘young at heart’ winemakers around Australia.

Entries are open until September 16.

To enter or for more information about the competition, see The Awards and Entries pages at

Cullen Award For Excellence - James Halliday AM Announced as the Winner for 2016

Vanya Cullen and the Cullen family hosted the inaugural Cullen Award For Excellence, an event dedicated to recognising outstanding effort made by an individual, group or organisation to promote or improve wine or winemaking practices in Western Australia, whether they reside in WA, Australia or internationally.

The Award is dedicated to honouring the legacy of Diana Madeline and Kevin John Cullen, who together founded Cullen Wines in 1971 and believed in the potential the fledgling area had to produce world class wines. Their warmth, generosity of spirit and love for others around them was shared with the assembled guests through remembrances from some of their closest friends on the night.

Master of Ceremonies for the evening, local Steve Castan, introduced Ms Libby Mettam MLA and Member for Vasse to open the proceedings, who was there to represent the Premier of WA. Rick Cullen spoke of the legacy of Diana and Kevin and shared with guests handwritten notes from their mother Diana. Vanya Cullen had the honour of introducing and toasting the inaugural winner, James Halliday AM to a standing ovation from the esteemed crowd.

James Halliday began his career as a lawyer, a career in which he excelled, but he also followed his love and passion for winemaking. He earned a stellar reputation as a wine judge and wine writer around the globe and published his first book at the age of 41. Many years, many books and many, many tastings later, James is known as the pre eminent authority on Australian wines and his annual publication, the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, is considered the ‘bible’ of Australian Wines.

James Halliday

James Halliday

In accepting the Award, James spoke of the ‘perfect’ conditions Margaret River held for winemaking and his ongoing love for the region. He added:

“I am deeply honoured by and appreciative of the award, but am simply a messenger for the winemakers who have so skilfully brought the terroir of their vineyards to life in the glass.”

The Cullen Award for Excellence will be an annual award, culminating in a formal gala dinner to name the recipient. Any enquiries can be directed to

James Halliday and Vanya Cullen

James Halliday and Vanya Cullen

APC Fee for Service Information

The Agricultural Produce Commission is excited to announce the new APC Wine Producers’ Committee. The Wine Producers’ Committee was established in December 2015, with representation from all the wine regions of Western Australia.

With the relevant legislation now enacted the Committee will work with all Western Australian Wine Regional Associations and the State association to provide services on behalf of Western Australian Wine Producers’. The required funding of a fee for service will be collected from all wine producers annually after vintage, commencing from this 2016 vintage.

The wine industry requires a united, sustainable and influential voice and the creation of the APC Wine Committee, working with all State and Regional Wine Associations will secure a funding model to enable the Western Australian Wine Industry to prosper.

The APC already has 10 Producers’ Committees including vegetables, pome (apples and pears), Carnarvon bananas and strawberry. These APC Committees undertake various initiatives such as industry specific research, industry development, biosecurity, and promotion within industries, and funded by industries.

The APC Chairman, Dr William Ryan said that “The new wine committee structure will provide ongoing funding for both state wide matters and each of the regional wine associations. This is another example of the APC structure providing a good framework by which industries can fund their activities on a sustainable basis.”

The Wine Producers’ Committee represents all West Australian wine regions and with the security of funding will be able to instigate longer term programs to bring about positive change and growth for West Australian Wine Producers.

One already identified goal will be to increase recognition of Western Australian fine wine regions as some of the best, most distinctive, pure, and pristine in the world.

The Chairperson of the Committee; Mr Jeff Burch of Howard Park and MadFish Wines said “We have an exciting future with wine Western Australia, where we have a wonderful product, produced in a clean green environment that is increasingly appreciated globally.

This development will enable the WA Wine Industry to work together to take that message to the global market place. Every bottle of WA Wine sold outside of WA is a post card from Western Australia.”

The Commission and the Committee will work closely with wine producers’ in this first year of operation to ensure a smooth implementation of the new Committee.

Anyone wanting to know more can contact the Committee chairperson, Jeff Burch on 0418 384 558, or the Commission directly through Ingrid Smith, 9368 3127,


2016 WA Wine List Awards


Western Australian restaurants that excel in the provision of wine service and list development now have the chance to be recognised in the WA Wine List Awards.

For the second consecutive year Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) has partnered with Wines of WA to deliver the WA Wine List Awards, as part of the 2016 Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence program.

The focus of the WA Wine List Awards is to showcase local wines and support the local WA wine and food industries through wine list development.

This exciting partnership is just one of the highlights of the WA Wine List Awards program, which will be delivered along with the Trending Lunch at Fraser’s WA State Reception Centre from 12pm-2.30pm on Monday 9th May.

Restaurant & Catering would like to invite local wineries to showcase their wines at the Trending Lunch and announcement of the WA Wine List Awards to an audience of over 120 key decision makers within the industry.

To be involved and for more information on the 2016 Awards for Excellence please call 1300 722 878 or email or . Entries close 12 April 2016.

Entrepreneurs' Program

Entrepreneurs’ Program is a government funded, comprehensive review of food and agribusiness businesses in WA that connects them with up to $20,000 matched government grant to implement the recommendations of the review.

Business Evaluation
A fully government funded service to assess your business, research the industry you operate in and create a plan of action you endorse and are ready to implementThe evaluation typically involves working on site with your team 1-2 days and applying our industry experience combined with diagnostic tools to investigate key areas of your business. The outcome is a comprehensive report and a set of recommendations endorsed by you specific to the needs of your business.

Business Growth Grant Funding
Up to $20,000 Business Growth Grant(s) to engage a consultant/s of your choice to make improvements to their business that were recommended in the Business Evaluation phase. The grants could be used for example to engage an export consultant, to develop your online e-business strategy or to get you ready to supply into retail supply chains. Your business will be reimbursed for half the cost of engaging independent consultant(s) of your choice to a maximum of $20,000 (excluding GST).

To be eligible for this service your business must
• be solvent;
• have a turnover of between $1.5 and 100 million;
• be in operations for at least 3 years; and
• undertake food or beverage production, or supply integral services or technologies to support food or beverage production.

To discuss your business needs and how the programme can assist your business to grow and build resilience please contact:
Gabor Hernadi
Business Adviser – AusIndustry
M: 0417 985 075 Bunbury
Don Geare
Business Adviser – AusIndustry
M: 0447 955 498