South Australia dominates Top Wineries of Australia list taking out 38% of this year’s places

Four South Australian wineries have been named amongst the country’s best according to the Australian wine authority, The Real Review.

The Real Review, a publication in the Australian wine scene, has unveiled its highly anticipated ranking of the Top Wineries of Australia for this year. Following a rigorous tasting process of over 10,000 wines throughout the year, assessed by a panel of Australian critics, the results have been revealed.

Among the contenders this year, Yarra Yering (Yarra Valley) took out the coveted number one position, followed by Henschke (Eden Valley, SA) who secured the second position. Wine by Farr (Geelong, VIC) was at third place, with Penfolds (South Australia) taking the fourth spot, and last year’s champion, Oakridge (Yarra Valley, VIC), claiming fifth place.

In 2024, South Australian wineries showcased exceptional performance, constituting over 38.1% of the 394-wineries list. Barossa Valley emerged as a standout within the state, boasting ten producers within the top 52, along with seven from neighboring McLaren Vale. Notable mentions include Henschke (#2), Penfolds (#4), Seppeltsfield (#6), and Hentley Farm (#9). The state also witnessed significant advancements from wineries such as Yalumba, Dandelion Vineyards, and Hickinbotham.

“Barossa remains the powerhouse of Australian wine, with ten producers securing spots in the top 50 alone. Despite its comparatively smaller vineyard area, Barossa stands out for its plethora of wineries, recognition, and tourist appeal, particularly renowned for its bold reds. This year’s list not only celebrates established names like Seppeltsfield, Rockford, and Torbreck but also shines a light on emerging talents like Eisenstone, Hentley Farm, and John Duval Wines,” remarked Huon Hooke, Principal Wine Writer and prominent Australian wine critic at The Real Review.

The annual release of The Real Review Top Wineries of Australia aims to commend excellence in Australian winemaking. Rankings are determined through a proprietary algorithm, considering the ratings and recent reviews by The Real Review’s panel of leading critics over a two-year period. Each year, the producers receive a prestigious Top Wineries Certificate, acknowledging their position among the nation’s finest.

In 2024, a total of 394 producers were awarded the Top Wineries Certificate, representing approximately 16% of Australia’s wineries. The complete list of The Real Review Top Wineries of Australia 2024 is available on their website.

To celebrate this year’s Top Wineries of Australia list, wine enthusiasts will have the unique opportunity to meet with representatives from the Top 100 wineries at events scheduled in Sydney and Melbourne in June and July. These events will feature major tasting sessions, where attendees can sample over 120 top wines from various regions across the country.

South Australian Wineries in the Top 100

2. Henschke, Eden Valley

4. Penfolds, South Australia

6. Seppeltsfield, Barossa Valley

9. Hentley Farm, Barossa Valley

15. Yalumba, Barossa

19. Eisenstone, Barossa Valley

20. RieslingFreak, Clare Valley

21. Hardys, McLaren Vale

22. Wolf Blass, Barossa Valley

24. Wendouree, Clare Valley

26. Wynns Coonawarra Estate, Coonawarra

27. Dandelion Vineyards, South Australia

28. Hickinbotham, McLaren Vale

29. Torbreck, Barossa Valley

31. The Lane Vineyard, Adelaide Hills

35. Yangarra Estate Vineyard, McLaren Vale

26. d’Arenberg, McLaren Vale

38. Langmeil Winery, Barossa Valley

39. Shaw + Smith, Adelaide Hills

40. John Duval Wines, Barossa Valley

41. Grosset, Clare Valley

48. Rockford, Barossa Valley

49. S. C. Pannell, McLaren Vale

50. Jim Barry Wines, Clare Valley

51. Bekkers Wine, McLaren Vale

55. Sidewood Estate, Adelaide Hills

57. Kaesler Wines, Barossa Valley

62. Teusner, Barossa Valley

64. Taylors, Clare Valley

74. Spinifex, Barossa Valley

79. Z Wine, Barossa Valley

80. Leconfield, Coonawarra

81. Coriole Vineyards, McLaren Vale

83. Petaluma, Adelaide Hills

84. Aphelion, McLaren Vale

86. Chapel Hill, McLaren Vale

93. Thistledown Wines, Adelaide Hills

94. Bondar Wines, McLaren Vale

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