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New Wineries in Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2010

Every year the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion includes a sizable number of new wineries. In the 2010 edition, released in August 2009, there are 148 such wineries. Of these 63 listed below are using varieties of interest to Vinodiversity.

Vinodiversity is only concerned with wineries using "new" or alternative varieties. The database on which this site is based specifically excludes wineries that use only traditional varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Shiraz and Riesling) I'm bending the rules a little with Cabernet Franc.

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By the way, I compile this database by hand, so if you know of a winery using alternative varieties that I have missed you can give me a hand by contacting me with the details.
Mostly it seems to be used in blends with other bordeaux varieties (Merlot and Cab Sav) but quite few wineries are now making varietal cab franc and I reckon it can be counted as "alternative". It may take a few months before the data in the regional listing of Vinodiversity fully reflect varietal cabernet franc wines.

In one sense the new entries represent the growth of the wine industry, but in some cases they are not really new wineries but have been newly listed. Others are wineries that have changed ownership or name. There is also the inexorable rise of "virtual" wineries where wine is produced in no particular place from grapes grown in no particular region. This trend of the disintegration of the vertical integration of the wine industry is reflected in 21 wineries being listed under "various" as their region.

The Companion is becoming more selective. The number of wineries profiled is steadily decreasing. It reached a peak of 2176 wineries in the 2007 edition. In the latest edition this number has been cut by a third to 1467. Vinodiversity's database of 1561 wineries is now "Bigger than Halliday"

The following wineries have been marked as new in James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2010 and are using alternative varieites.

  • Baie Wines Geelong Pinot gris
  • Ballinaclash Wines Hilltops Viognier
  • Bawley Vale Estate Shoalhaven Coast Arneis, Chambourcin, Verdelho
  • BK Wines Adelaide Hills Gewurztraminer, Pinot gris
  • Blackford Stable Wines Adelaide Hills Pinot gris, Sangiovese
  • Brierley Wines Queensland Zone Chambourcin
  • Buckshot Vineyard Heathcote Zinfandel
  • Caught Redhanded Adelaide Zone Pinot gris
  • Charlatan Wines McLaren Vale Sangiovese
  • Cirillo Barossa Valley Grenache
  • Cupitt's winery Shoalhaven Coast Chambourcin, Viognier
  • De Lisio Wines McLaren Vale Grenache, Pinot gris
  • Echo Ridge Wines Hunter Valley Verdelho
  • Eperosa Barossa Valley Grenache, Mourvedre
  • Even Keel Wines Canberra Shiraz Viognier
  • Foster e Rocco Bendigo Sangiovese
  • Gherardi Wines Margaret River Viognier
  • Glandore Estate Hunter Valley Albarino, Tempranillo, Viognier
  • Higher Plane Margaret River Malbec
  • Hobbs of Barossa Ranges Barossa Valley Grenache, Viognier
  • Honey Moon Vineyard Adelaide Hills Marsanne, Tempranillo, Viognier
  • Howard Vineyard Adelaide Hills Cabernet franc
  • Inkwell McLaren Vale Viognier, Zinfandel
  • Jamieson Estate Mudgee Barbera, Petit verdot
  • Juul Wines Hunter Valley Verdelho
  • Kahlon Estate Wines Riverland Petit verdot
  • Karanto Vineyards Langhorne Creek Aglianico, Fiano, Greco di Tufo, Lagrein, Pinot gris, Zinfandel
  • Katoa Wines Heathcote Sangiovese, Viognier
  • Kennedy Heathcote Mourvedre, Tempranillo
  • Landhaus Estate Barossa Valley Grenache, Mourvedre
  • Loan Wines Barossa Valley Alicante Bouchet
  • Maddens rise Yarra Valley Viognier
  • Mihi Creek Vineyard New England Viognier
  • Miles from Nowhere Margaret River Petit verdot, Viognier
  • Molly's cradle Hunter Valley Verdelho
  • Moppa Wilton Vineyards Barossa Valley Grenache
  • Moppity Vineyards Hilltops Nebbiolo, Viognier
  • Mount Pilot Estate North East Victoria Durif, Viognier
  • Nova Vita Wines Adelaide Hills Pinot gris, Sangiovese
  • Optimiste Mudgee Petit verdot
  • Pangallo Estate Hunter Valley Zibbilo
  • Philip Lobley Wines Upper Goulburn Nebbiolo
  • Quattro Mano Barossa Valley Tempranillo
  • Redheads Studio McLaren Vale Grenache, Viognier
  • Roennfeldt Wines Barossa Valley Grenache
  • Roslyn Estate Southern Tasmania Petit verdot
  • Rupert's Ridge Estate Heathcote Sagrantino, Vermentino, Viognier
  • Sautjan Vineyards Macedon Ranges Pinot gris, Viognier
  • Seraph's Crossing Clare Grenache, Mourvedre, Zinfandel
  • Sidewood Estate Adelaide Hills Pinot gris
  • Sons of Eden Barossa Valley Grenache, Mourvedre, Viognier
  • Spook Hill Wines Riverland Grenache, Mourvedre
  • Springs Hill Vineyard Fleurieu Zone Grenache, Mourvedre
  • Starvedog Lane Adelaide Hills Meunier, Nebbiolo, Pinot gris, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Touriga
  • Stomp Hunter Valley Verdelho
  • Stone Bridge Wines Mount Lofty Ranges Zone Malbec, Pinot gris
  • Taemus Wines Canberra Shiraz Viognier
  • Ten Miles East Adelaide Hills Arneis, Carmenere, Saperavi
  • Trahna Rutherglen Wines Rutherglen Durif, Petit verdot, Tempranillo, Viognier
  • Two Dorks Estate Heathcote Viognier
  • Vinaceous Various Grenache, Tempranillo, Verdelho
  • Walter Clappis Wine Co McLaren Vale Tempranillo, Viognier
  • Whicher Ridge Geographe Viognier

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