Vintage Cellars has unveiled its Best of Wine Award winners for 2024, with 60 per cent of the winning wines from the blind-tasting costing $30 or less.

This is the 15th year Vintage Cellars has run the awards and the winners in the 15 categories were selected from more than 200 wines. In terms of region winners, Margaret River claimed the most winners with three wines taking the top spot, followed by Clare Valley and France’s Burgundy.

Head of Vintage Cellars Carmen Fellows said the Best of Awards showcases our curated range to our customers and allows them to discover something new and different.

“We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Vintage Cellars Best of Wine Awards 2024, which spotlights the perfect blend of quality and affordability, and shows our commitment to delivering exceptional options that don’t compromise on taste or value,” said Fellows.

“We are lucky to work with incredible suppliers and expert winemakers who are passionate about crafting exceptional wines. Whether customers are rediscovering old favourites or venturing into new territory, our award-winning wines guarantee an unforgettable experience.”

Rapaura Springs General Manager Brands, Brendon Neylon, said Vintage Cellars’ recognition for their Reserve Pinot Noir — which won the Best of Lighter Red Award — highlighted his family’s ongoing commitment to crafting wines that consistently deliver both quality and value.

“Our family-owned business has been a supplier to Vintage Cellars for more than 12 years, and we are incredibly proud to be receive an award for our Reserve Pinot Noir — produced from vineyards set among the rugged landscape of New Zealand’s Southern Alps,” he said.

“The Reserve Pinot Noir is an incredibly versatile wine that can be enjoyed with or without food and is best served just below room temperature or lightly chilled. A few of our favourite dishes to enjoy alongside it are crispy duck, mushroom and thyme risotto, or slow-roast lamb.”

The Vintage Cellars Best of Wine Award 2024 winners are:

  • Best of Sparkling Under $30 Brown Brothers Brut Reserve NV, $29
  • Best of Sparkling $30 & over Arras Brut Elite Sparkling NV, $50
  • Best of Champagne Champagne Charles Mignon Reserve Brut NV, $48
  • Best of Rosé Triennes Rosé, $23
  • Best of Lighter White Under $25 Jim Barry ‘Barry & Sons’ Riesling, $20
  • Best of Bolder White Under $25 Petaluma White Label Chardonnay, $24
  • Best of Lighter White $25 & over Expressions by Tom Barry Riesling, $25
  • Best of Bolder White $25 & over Xanadu Chardonnay, $37
  • Best of International White Bernard Michaut Petit Chablis, $44
  • Best of International Lighter Red P. Ferraud & Fils Beaujolais Villages, $15
  • Best of International Bolder Red Bodega Alamos Malbec, $22
  • Best of Lighter Red Under $30 Rapaura Springs Reserve Pinot Noir, $22
  • Best of Bolder Red Under $30 Ring Bolt Cabernet Sauvignon, $25
  • Best of Lighter Red $30 & over Nanny Goat Pinot Noir, $40
  • Best of Bolder Red $30 & over Forester Estate Premium Cabernet Sauvignon, $30.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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