Riesling Wines Sold Well in Australia in 2016

Infographic - Australias most loved Riesling Wines 2016

Riesling is a white wine grape variety. It is one of the popular grape varieties for making wines in Australia. Many popular wine brand labels make riesling wines. Every year, these see good sales volume across Australia. These are:

Bird in Hand Riesling

Hardys Siegersdory Riesling

Jacobs Creek Reserve Riesling

Richmond Grove Watervale Riesling

Gapsted Valley Selection Riesling

Leconfield Riesling

McWilliams Hanwood Estate Riesling


Larry Cherubino Wines- On High Pedestal

Larry Cherubino wines

Larry Cherubino did his graduation from Horticulture in 1994. He along with his wife Edwina purchased a piece of land in Frankland River in 2004. After few years, they expanded by buying a neighbouring vineyard. Larry Cherubino began by releasing just one wine from his spare room in 2005, which today has expanded to a brand and wide range of wines in Australia.


In Viticulture, the winery uses a minimum of copper as far as possible. It avoids using Herbicides instead use fish and seaweed applications. The winery prepares its own compost. Steps are taken to preserve the soil health and to maintain a healthy ecosystem.

Wine Ranges

  • Apostrophe
  • Ad Hoc
  • Pedestal
  • The Yard
  • Laissez Faire
  • Cherubino


Riversdale North Vineyard– The vineyard was planted in mid-1990’s, purchased in 2010. Located in Frankland River Western Australia. Stands at an elevation of 250 Meters. The soil is iron rich and typically red in color. Varietals grown are Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Malbec, Mourvedre, Tempranillo, and Fiano.

Riversdale South Vineyard– Vineyard purchased in 2010. Stands at an elevation of 200 Meters. Varietals grown are Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Malbec, Mourvedre, Tempranillo, and Fiano.

Channybearup Vineyard – Planted in 1996. Located in Pemberton, Western Australia. Vineyard Stands at an elevation of 60 meters. Vines have matured over the years and today are in the good position to produce quality Chardonnay. Varietals grown here are Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Arenis, Processeco.

Pedestal Vineyard – Soils are iron rich with a good amount of gravel content. Located in Willyabarup, Margaret River. The vineyard stands at an elevation of 100 meters. Varietals grown are Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Semillon.

Justin Vineyard – The vineyard is named after Justin Roche who had planted the vineyard in 1960’s. Located in Frankland River, Western Australia. The vineyard stands at an elevation of 150 meters.   Varietals grown are Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Shiraz, and Riesling.

Pannoo Vineyard – Located in Porongurup, Western Australia. Pannoo Vineyard is the highest vineyard of the state. Stands at an elevation of 350 meters. Varietals grown are – Shiraz, Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

Awards and Appreciation

  • Has been awarded ‘Best Value Winery 2017’ in James Halliday Wine Companion.
  • Was the ‘Winery of the Year 2011’- By James Halliday
  • Listed as one of the ‘Ten Best New Wineries in Australia’ by James Halliday and Winery rated 5 stars by James Halliday
  • Larry Cherubino was the Finalist ‘Winemaker of the Year 2009’ in Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine

An Introduction to the Bird in Hand Wines


Bird in Hand is a family owned winery which began in 1997 with the goal of producing wines to match the world’s finest.

At the winery, sustainable practices are employed with minimalistic use of chemicals.

Influence of Gulf of St. Vincent and Mount Lofty ranges places its 80 acres of vines at a unique geographical location which makes it ideal to produce cool-climate wines

Produces Shiraz along with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling wines and Italian grape varietals such as Montepulciano, Nero d’avola, and Arneis.

About Chief Winemaker – Kym Milne


Kym Milne is currently the chief winemaker of Bird in Hand. He has 30 years of experience in wine Industry. Previously has been Chief Winemaker at Villa Maria Winery, New Zealand from 1983 to 1992. In year 1991, qualified Master of Wine’ becoming the second Australian to do so. He joined Bird in Hand in 2003 and named Australian Winemaker of the year by Winestate Magazine in 2014 and 2015.


Tribute Series High quality wines to be cherished on special occasions. Available to members of flight club, or at Cellar door and Gallery.

Nest Egg –  Wines of this range take the time to develop all its characters. Its powerful structure can be attributed to the use of French Oak.

Bird in Hand – These wines can both be enjoyed as a young wine or after maturation.

Two in the Bush – This range is for casual drinkers to be enjoyed with simple meals.

Awards and Appreciation

Bird in Hand Winery is consistently proving itself each year winning awards and earning recognition. In 2016 alone, Bird in hand wines won a good number of Gold medals in numerous domestic and international wine competitions like New Zealand International Wine Show, Royal Queensland Wine Show, Melbourne International Wine Show, London International Wine Challenge, San Francisco International Wine Show and Royal Perth Wine Show.


You have to be Confucious to Know About Alternative Wines

“Alternative wines” word is a misnomer. Actually, it is not the wine which is the alternative, it is their growing methods which are markedly different from the conventional practices that make these ‘alternative’. The ‘educated and aware’ population does know what are the different types of wines available in market. They are well aware of the terms such as organic, biodynamic, preservative free and vegan. In fact, analysts point out the fact that these alternative wines are picking up in demand and finding more favour with the people.

While it is true that the people know about these terms, do they really know what is the real import? Or, in simple terms, why are these called so? Do you think people have an average knowledge of these terms or mere superficial one? Ask any person who drinks wines about what these mean and the answer would be very general and, at best, vague. To make things more hilarious, ask people to conduct a comparative analysis of these terms and the result would be exhibition of disaster of knowledge.

If the knowledge of people is good, it is only limited to the organic wines. People would elaborate in reasonable detail on organic red wines as well as organic white wines. They might even name some popular wineries, brands or grape varieties which are grown organically. So far as questions are restricted to organics, you can expect to get good answers and the moment you drift into the world of vegans or preservative free wines, there is obvious tension of ignorance on face of people.

Vegans are most likely to be related to vegetables due to similarity in words and you shall not laugh since this is the response you are most likely to get. When you tell them that these wines are made without the animal product content, you will be confusing them further. The saddest part would be the discovery of the fact that the wine which they have been drinking all this while has used animal matter in its refining process. And, if you attempt to share the fact that this matter is not a part of wine and it gets precipitated out, you are making things even worse. The faith of people on wineries and brands is expectedly going to dwindle with this bit of newly gained knowledge.

And, as if this is not sufficient, there would be another earthquake by the name of biodynamic wines. While it is easy for people to understand that the forces of nature in universe have a bearing on us, it is very difficult for them to digest that very same forces also have a bearing on growth of grapes for wines. The reaction is likely to vary from disbelief to ridicule. Tell them that the farming is done based on lunar cycles for growing grapes biodynamically and the counter question will be a satire- why don’t they consider solar cycles and constellations into account?

I can tell you that doing farming for grapes in these ways in easier than giving answers and making people understand the simple logic behind these practices, if not their usefulness.

Penfolds St Henri Shiraz- A Premium Shiraz Wine

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St Henri is one of the many series of wines under the Penfolds wines label. This series was first launched in the 1950s, so it is more than 60 years old. The popularity of the wine has not waned ever since. Penfolds St Henri Shiraz is not a 100% shiraz wine. Rather, it also has a cabernet sauvignon content of about 4%. This gives the wine its striking magenta hue. This wine has been oaked for about a year before releasing it in market.

The wine has a great cellaring potential. It can be cellared for 30 years which makes it a great choice among wine collectors as well.