New wineries in Wine Companion 2008

Every year the publication of James Halliday's Wine Companion creates expectation and discussion, if not controversy.

  • Which wineries will get 5 Stars?
  • What will be the highest scoring wine?
  • What industry trends will be picked up by the newest edition?

The latest Companion doesn't disappoint.

218 new wineries are listed.Balancing that 665 wineries have been deleted from the Companion. This is a huge number, 27% of the potential coverage.

What has happened?

Well, first there is a natural attrition, wineries close or undergo ownership or name changes. But most of the wineries which have been dropped either did not respond to requests for information updates, or they didn't send samples.

There is also the change in that lower rated wines, those scoring 86 points or less, are no longer described. Nevertheless the Companion is edging up towards 800 pages, a testament to the growth and diversification of the industry.

Each year I do a quick scan of the pages of the Companion and see which of the new wineries are using interesting varieties.

Here are 88 new wineries who are stepping outside the square


Canberra Yarrh Wines Sangiovese

New South Wales

  • Hunter Valley Bimbadeen Estate Verdelho
  • Hunter Valley Ghost Riders Vineyard Viognier
  • Hunter Valley Idle Hands Wines Verdelho
  • Hunter Valley Ironbark Hill Estate Verdelho
  • Hunter Valley Ridgeview Wines Chambourcin Gewurztraminer Pinot gris Viognier
  • Mudgee De Beaurepaire Wines Petit verdot Verdelho Viognier
  • Mudgee de Mestre Wines Viognier
  • Mudgee Oatley Wines Pinot gris Viognier
  • Northern Slopes Zone Doctors Nose Wines Grenache Petit verdot Tempranillo Verdelho
  • Orange Higlander wines Sangiovese Viognier
  • Orange Toogoolah WInes Pinot gris
  • Shoalhaven Coast Mopoke Ridge Winery Chambourcin Sangiovese Verdelho
  • Shoalhaven Coast Roselea Estate Chambourcin Nebbiolo Verdelho
  • Southern Highlands GrumbleBone Estate Vineyard Pinot gris
  • Southern Highlands Tertini Wines Arneis
  • State Qld Granite Belt Ambar Hill Verdelho


  • Granite Belt Cypress Post Marsanne Viognier
  • Granite Belt Mount Tully Vines Malbec Tannat Tempranillo /

South Australia

  • Adelaide Hills Amadio Dolcetto Grenache Pinot gris Sangiovese
  • Adelaide Hills Cloudbreak Wines Pinot gris
  • Adelaide Hills Tomich Hill Gewurztraminer Pinot gris
  • Adelaide Plains Old Plains Grenache
  • Adelaide Plains Virgara Wines Alicante Bouchet Grenache Malbec Sangiovese
  • Barossa Valley B3 Wines Grenache Mourvedre
  • Barossa Valley Biscay Wines Grenache Viognier
  • Barossa Valley Creed of Barossa Viognier
  • Barossa Valley Deisen Grenache Mourvedre
  • Barossa Valley Diggers Bluff Alicante Bouchet Grenache Mourvedre
  • Barossa Valley Domain Barossa Grenache Mourvedre
  • Barossa Valley Heidenriech Estate Viognier
  • Barossa Valley Henry Holmes Wines Grenache
  • Barossa Valley Lou Miranda Estate Grenache Mourvedre Pinot gris
  • Barossa Valley Pindarie Wines Sangiovese Tempranillo
  • Barossa Valley Schulz Vignerons Grenache Mourvedre Zinfandel
  • Barossa Valley Schwarz Wine Company Grenache
  • Barossa Valley Scorpiiion Grenache Mourvedre
  • Barossa Valley Veronique Grenache Mourvedre
  • Barossa Valley Winter Creek Wine Grenache
  • Kangaroo Island Rookery Wines Petit Verdot Sangiovese Saperavi Tempranillo
  • McLaren Vale Amicus Malbec
  • McLaren Vale Conte Estate Wines Gewurztraminer Grenache Mourvedre
  • McLaren Vale Di Fabio Estate Grenache Mourvedre Petit verdot
  • McLaren Vale Linda Domas Wines Grenache Viognier
  • McLaren Vale McLaren Ridge Estate Grenache
  • McLaren Vale McLaren Wines Grenache Pinot gris
  • McLaren Vale SC Pannell Grenache
  • McLaren Vale Willunga 100 Wines Grenache Viognier
  • Mount Gambier Herbert Vineyard Pinot gris
  • Riverland Torambre Wines Grenache Mourvedre Verdelho
  • South Australia Zone Mollydooker Wines Verdelho
  • Southern Fleurieu LabyBay Vineyard Pinot gris Viognier
  • Southern Flinders Region Remarkable View Winery Grenache Petit verdot Sangiovese Tempranillo


  • Northern Tasmania Josef Chromy Wines Gewurztraminer
  • Northern Tasmania White Rock Vineyard Pinot gris
  • Southern Tasmania Milton Vineyard Gewurztraminer Pinot gris


  • Alpine Valleys Goombaronga Park Sangiovese
  • Alpine Valleys Gundowringla Wines Malbec Viognier
  • Bendigo Blamires Butterfly Crossing Viognier
  • Bendigo Glenwillow Vineyard Barbera Nebbiolo
  • Bendigo Pyramid Gold Mourvedre
  • Geelong Ceres Bridge Estate Nebbiolo Pinot gris Tempranillo Viognier
  • Geelong Eagles Rise Pinot gris
  • Geelong Nalbra Estate Pinot gris Viognier
  • Geelong Winchelsea Estate Pinot gris
  • Gippsland Noorinbee Selection Vineyards Harslevelu Malbec Mammolo Petit verdot
  • Goulburn Valley Noorilim Estate Viognier
  • Grampians Mount Cole Wineworks Viognier Nebbiolo
  • Heathcote Flynn's Wines Sangiovese Verdelho
  • Heathcote Greenstone Vineyard Mourvedre Sangiovese Tempranillo
  • Heathcote Wanted Man Dolcetto Marsanne Viognier
  • King Valley Primerano Pinot gris
  • Macedon Ranges Mount Franklin Estate Dolcetto Nebbiolo Pinot gris
  • Mornington Peninsula Baillieu Vineyard Pinot gris Meunier
  • Mornington Peninsula Bluestone Lane Meunier
  • Mornington Peninsula Whinstone Estate Melon de Bourgogne Pinot gris
  • Murray Darling Farrell Estate Sangiovese Viognier
  • Strathbogie Ranges Dawson and Wills Tempranillo
  • Upper Goulburn Myrtle Vale Vineyard Viognier
  • Upper Goulburn Terra Felix Marsanne Roussanne Viognier

Western Australia

  • Central Western Australian Zone Hotham Ridge Winery Chenin blanc Tempranillo Viognier Zinfandel
  • Geographe Pepperilly Estate Wines Grenache Viognier
  • Geographe Wovenfield Tempranillo Viognier
  • Margaret River Arimia Margaret River Grenache Mourvedre Petit verdot Verdelho Zinfandel
  • Margaret River Blue Poles Vineyard Viognier
  • Margaret River Plan B Tempranillo Viognier
  • Margaret River Seven Ochres Vineyard Petit verdot Viognier
  • Peel The Ritual Grenache Mourvedre Viognier
  • Pemberton Angelicus Tempranillo
  • Swan District Berrigan Wines Verdelho

Have I missed any? Let me know!

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