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Friday 5 April 2024

Tasmanian wine producers shine brightly

Tasmania produces just under 1% of all the wine made in Australia.

But the little island that could has just scored an 8.1% share of inclusions on a major list of Australian wine standouts.

The Real Review, headed by veteran critic Huon Hooke, today announced its Top Wineries of Australia rankings, with Yarra Valley producer Yarra Yering named Winery of the Year Australia for 2024.

Despite having a comparatively small total number of wineries compared to other regions, cool-climate Tasmania merited 32 entrants on the list.

Shining stars of the region include Tolpuddle (#10, top image), Pooley (#23), Stargazer (#47), and Chatto Wines (#52). Pressing Matters, House of Arras, OSSA and Clemens Hill also hit the top 100.

Stargazer moved up the ranking to #47 from its position of #114 last year, with winemaker Sam Connew's Palisander Vineyard Pinot Noir 2022 proving a star. For those interested in the top five: Henschke, Wine by Farr, Penfolds and Oakridge complete the list.

This year, 394 producers received a Top Wineries Certificate, representing approximately 16% of all Australia's wineries. Look through the list and you'll find plenty to disagree with. I certainly did.
The full list of The Real Review Top Wineries of Australia 2024 can be found at with information and tickets for tasting events in Sydney and Melbourne at

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