Top 100 Wineries 2023

Halliday Wine Companion Top 100 Wineries 2023 selected by Campbell Mattinson: 51–75

By Campbell Mattinson

9 Oct, 2023

These are the wineries ranked from 51 to 75 in the Halliday Wine Companion Top 100 Wineries 2023 selected by Campbell Mattinson.

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The inaugural Halliday Wine Companion Top 100 Wineries selected by Campbell Mattinson is a celebration of the best wineries of right now. Below is the list of wineries ranked from 51 to 75 from across Australia.

"In short, this is a list of producers who know, in their heart and in their head, that consumers don’t owe them a living. This is a list of producers who are prepared to stake their reputation on every single wine they release." – chief editor Campbell Mattinson

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Seville Estate | Bondar Wines | Bekkers | L.A.S. Vino | Curly Flat | Savaterre | Collector Wines | Brokenwood | Stella Bella Wines | Shaw + Smith | Neldner Road | Pepper Tree Wines | De Bortoli (Yarra Valley) | Garagiste | Paringa Estate | Domenica Wines | Stargazer Wine | Crittenden Estate | Mayer | Flametree | Rieslingfreak | Castle Rock Estate | Torbreck Vintners | Eldorado Road | Delamere Vineyards

Seville Estate wines

51. Seville Estate

Yarra Valley, Victoria

It’s often forgotten that Seville Estate is one of the pioneers of the modern Yarra Valley, established as it was in 1972. More pertinently here though is that the wine range, crafted by Dylan McMahon (grandson of the founders), is currently singing the brightest and most complex of tunes. The quality across the range is high.

winery | Halliday profile | Seville Estate 

Bondar vineyard

52. Bondar Wines

McLaren Vale, South Australia

Forget, if you can, the fact that few wineries can match Bondar on value – not easy given that no less than nine of its wines were awarded the Special Value icon in the current Companion. Instead, concentrate on the fact that Bondar’s McLaren Vale wines are full of energy, drive, fruit power and more. Bondar’s wines are of such relentless quality that everything produced here is almost guaranteed to be good. 

winery | Halliday profile | Bondar Wines

Bekkers cellar door

53. Bekkers

McLaren Vale, South Australia

The rise of this winery over the past 10 or so years has been quite something. This is a winery with no commercial compromise: it is dedicated to the top tier only, and to everything required to produce top tier wine. It shows in the glass. These McLaren Vale wines, shiraz and grenache, are luscious on the one hand, and detailed on the other.

winery | Halliday profile | Bekkers

Nic in the vineyard

54. L.A.S. Vino

Margaret River, Western Australia

Given that Nic Peterkin’s family lineage includes both Cullen and Pierro, it’s no surprise that the wines he produces are rooted in the soundest of foundations, and are never anything other than high quality. But from there, all bets are off, and anything is possible. If Peterkin were a footballer he’d bob and weave through traffic as if it were hardly there. He has an innate feel for wine; he impresses, he disrupts, he creates drama in the glass across a range of usual and not-so-usual Margaret River suspects.

5 ★ winery | Halliday profile | L.A.S. Vino

Curly Flat vineyard

55. Curly Flat

Macedon Ranges, Victoria

A fresh eye is rarely a bad thing, and so it has turned out with the appointment of gun winemaker Matt Harrop here after the long reign of founding winemaker Phil Moraghan. Harrop has taken the accumulated goodness of a couple of decades and dissected it, separated it, and thereafter unveiled yet more interest, in the glass, from this prime Macedon site. It’s as though the full fascination of this site is now, slowly, being unveiled. All three 2021 pinot noirs – Central, Western and Estate – are excellent.

winery | Halliday profile | Curly Flat

Keppell Smith

56. Savaterre

Beechworth, Victoria

A long time ago now, in the mid 1990s, Keppel Smith found a dry, expansive, commanding property in the Beechworth region, with clear sight lines across to the Victoria Alps and planted it to chardonnay and pinot noir, which he later extended to shiraz and sagrantino. Every year is tough in this hot-cold, old-young region, and every year or thereabouts Smith produces beautiful wine, classically styled, of genuine distinction.

winery | Halliday profile | Savaterre

Alex in the vineyard

57. Collector Wines

Canberra District, New South Wales

Quiet achievers are often the keepers, and the wines of Collector Wines are exactly that. Canberra’s Collector Wines never seems to make a great deal of fuss and yet every year, in the glass, it’s showtime, with gorgeously funky chardonnay and stellar cool-climate shiraz as its flagbearers but with ample interest among its less-common-variety releases, fiano and grüner veltliner chief among them.

5 ★ winery | Halliday profile | Collector Wines

Brokenwood cellar door

58. Brokenwood

Hunter Valley, New South Wales

The current range of this iconic Hunter Valley producer is in stunning form, with numerous examples of chardonnay, semillon and shiraz – grown principally in the Hunter Valley, McLaren Vale and Beechworth – all reaching for the stars. Brokenwood has been a key member of the Australian wine community for 53 years now; it’s never been in better form.

winery | Halliday profile | Brokenwood

Luke in the barrel room

59. Stella Bella Wines

Margaret River, Western Australia

We’re continually blown away by the quality of Stella Bella’s Margret River wines, particularly at the top end (chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon) though all the way through, from the $28 Pinot Grigio to the Otro Vino Rosé and more. In short, if you’re thinking quality Margaret River, Stella Bella should be high on your list.

winery | Halliday profile | Stella Bella Wines

Shaw and Smith winery and vineyard

60. Shaw + Smith

Adelaide Hills, South Australia

It seems like eons ago that the sauvignon blanc of this producer first caused a commercial splash, though the quality of the wines released from this Adelaide Hills outfit has done nothing but go from strength to strength throughout the course of its 30+ years of existence. Chardonnay and shiraz are elite here; pinot noir and riesling, as well as the original sauvignon blanc, are all reliably good or better.

winery | Halliday profile | Shaw + Smith

Dave in the vineyard

61. Neldner Road

Barossa Valley, South Australia

It’s impossible to mention Neldner Road, the winery of Dave Powell, without mentioning that Powell is ex Torbreck, and ex Powell & Son. Powell has history, as do the Barossa and Eden valley vineyards he works with, as does the extraordinary bank of wines he’s brought to market over the years. The wines of Neldner Road are as compelling as any Powell has produced.

5 ★ winery | Halliday profile | Neldner Road 

Pepper Tree cellar door

62. Pepper Tree Wines

Hunter Valley, New South Wales

When I look back at my Pepper Tree notes over the past decade or more I see a long line of single-vineyard wines, from both the Hunter Valley and Wrattonbully regions, released both young and at peak maturity, a great many of which are of outstanding quality. The vision here is clear and sustained; the execution brilliant. This place is a treasure trove of fine wine.

winery | Halliday profile | Pepper Tree Wines

De Bortoli entrance sign and vineyard

63. De Bortoli (Yarra Valley)

Yarra Valley, Victoria

De Bortoli is known for many things to many varied people, but the truth is that De Bortoli’s Yarra Valley arm is a powerhouse of fine wine, full stop, hands down, no arguments. There are interesting wines littered throughout the portfolio but chardonnay, shiraz, cabernet and pinot noir, all of which reach for the extreme end of the quality spectrum, are the high marks.

winery | Halliday profile | De Bortoli

Garagiste dam and vineyard

64. Garagiste

Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

Any Australian producer who makes a high quality fist of the white wine variety aligoté is likely to be a producer of note, as does Garagiste, and so it’s no surprise that the quality of the chardonnays and pinot noirs on offer here are exceptional. Garagiste is a seriously good wine producer and, even better, deems value to be of high importance too.

winery | Halliday profile | Garagiste

Lindsay McCall and Jamie McCall

65. Paringa Estate

Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

Paringa Estate has been an outstanding producer for so long that it’s almost taken for granted. It should never be. Its pinot noir and chardonnay in particular have been regional benchmarks for more than 25 years, and their quality remains as strong as ever. Indeed, if anything, the wines have improved over the years, as the outstanding quality of the fruit has been afforded a clearer run. Both up and down the price range here, fine wine is always delivered.

winery | Halliday profile | Paringa Estate

Domenica vineyard

66. Domenica Wines

Beechworth, Victoria

Wake up and smell the tar and roses – to coin a phrase. Anyone who can grow and nurture high quality nebbiolo in Australia is a vigneron of the highest order, and that’s exactly what Peter Graham of Domenica Wines regularly performs. Chardonnay, gamay and shiraz are also specialties, as you’d expect of a Beechworth producer, but that nebbiolo, wow, it has the moves.

5 ★ winery | Halliday profile | Domenica Wines

Stargazer wine and wine glasses

67. Stargazer Wine


Samantha Connew has done it all as both a wine producer and as a contributor to the overall wine community but the rubber has really hit the road with her Tasmanian endeavour, Stargazer, which is nothing short of outstanding. There are few more exciting producers in the land right now. Riesling, pinot noir, chardonnay all sit at the top of the quality tree but where she really gets the grapes to talk is with her blends – both white and red. Seek Stargazer out.

winery | Halliday profile | Stargazer Wine

Crittenden Estate

68. Crittenden Estate

Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

Crittenden Estate can always be relied upon to produce good or excellent wine across the board. It does traditional wine styles as well or better than most. But the wines to really lift it into the clouds are its Cri de Coeur range, all of which excel, most especially the nutty, quixotic, Savagnin that has promptly risen to icon status in the space of just a few years.

winery | Halliday profile | Crittenden Estate

Mayer Bloody Hill vineyard

69. Mayer

Yarra Valley, Victoria

Mayer is one of Australian wine’s best kept secrets. This tiny Yarra Valley outfit produced two 97-point wines in the current Companion, and six 96-point wines, and also took out the Pinot Gris of the Year title. Shiraz, chardonnay, pinot noir, nebbiolo and cabernet sauvignon – as well as pinot gris – all excel in this range. 

winery | Halliday profile | Mayer

Flametree cellar door

70. Flametree

Margaret River, Western Australia

Anyone who can produce a 96-point sauvignon blanc (SRS Karridale 2021) is worthy of the utmost respect, though of course there are many more highlights on this producer’s reel. Flametree falls into the ‘every egg a bird’ category, where every wine produced is very good or better. For evidence, the 2022 SRS Chardonnay is absolute top drawer.

winery | Halliday profile | Flametree

Rieslingfreak team

71. Rieslingfreak

Clare Valley, South Australia

Complete and utter dedication to riesling, from the Eden and Clare valleys, made with meticulous care, thought and more. Every year, a whole host of different rieslings, each with its own reason for being. Modern Australian wine would be lesser without this single producer. Rieslingfreak is not just a quirk; it’s an essential. 

winery | Halliday profile | Rieslingfreak

Castle Rock Estate team

72. Castle Rock Estate

Porongurup, Western Australia

Stunning riesling across a range of styles, pinot noir of intensity and length, chardonnay of true character. Castle Rock in the Porongurup region of Western Australia always roars its quality in the most consistent and compelling of ways.

winery | Halliday profile | Castle Rock Estate

Torbreck winery and vineyard drone view

73. Torbreck Vintners

Barossa Valley, South Australia

No matter the season, Torbreck delivers. The Struie and Cuvée Juveniles have long been favourites for drinking but when it comes to the delivery of rich flavour-shot-through-with-exotic-spice, the big hitters of The Laird, RunRig, The Factor (all made with shiraz) and Les Amis Grenache really do take some beating. Yes these are all hedonistic but they’re more than that.

winery | Halliday profile | Torbreck Vintners

Paul in the vineyard

74. Eldorado Road

Beechworth, Victoria

Flavour, balance, history, story, and respect. Eldorado Road delivers everything a wine lover could wish for, and it does so without ever placing a misstep, without ever offering anything other than honest, well-styled, well-textured flavours, across both reds and whites. The jewel in its crown, the incredibly rare Perseverance Shiraz, is everything a flag bearing wine should be.

winery | Halliday profile | Eldorado Road

Shane and Fran

75. Delamere Vineyards

Northern Tasmania, Tasmania

This estate produces champion quality sparkling and pinot noir, no doubt, but its chardonnay, really, is the real accelerant to the excellence of this brand. When Tasmanian chardonnay is good it’s as good as the chardonnay from anywhere in the world, and Delamere chardonnay is good.

5 ★ winery | Halliday profile | Delamere Vineyards

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