The niche market for boutique wines has become a very competitive one, with a vast array of family owned and operated businesses establishing themselves as unique wineries. Here are 5 of the best up and coming boutique wineries in Australia.

Hunter Valley

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Whispering Brook

Set in the prestigious Hunter Valley region, Whispering Brook is a family owned boutique winery dedicated to producing premium wines from the terra rossa soil. Nestled amongst the scenic landscape and casuarina trees of the Broke area, Whispering Brook not only offers a selection of the finest wines, but is also a producer of exclusive olive products.

With rustic farmhouse accommodation available, why not stay a night or two and experience the delicacies of Whispering Brook first-hand. To fully explore this definitive wine-making region, it is recommended to book one of the Hunter Valley day tours, particularly for those with a keen interest in the wineries of the area.

The Alchemists

The Margaret River is Western Australia’s premium winemaking region, and is home to some of the best up and coming boutique wineries in the country. The Alchemists winery is set right in the heart of this region, and was created in 2005. The name comes from the mystical art of alchemy, and has been applied to the delicate process of transforming grapes into the finest wines.

Currently offering a selection of 5 wines, The Alchemists winery is showcasing their skills with a 2008 Cabernet Merlot, a 2010 Chardonnay, a 2010 Rosé, a 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, and an exclusive edition of the Sauvignon Blanc Semillon titled ‘Premium Block’.

Little Morgue

For those after a winery with an interesting history, the Little Morgue Winery is a must-see. Located on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, this unique winery was originally a morgue, as the name suggests. The owners have capitalised on this theme, with wines named ‘Dead Smooth’, ‘Rest in Peace’, ‘An Aged Soul’, and ‘A Touch O’ Coffin’. The boutique winery transformed their chapel into a two storey cellar door in 2006, with tastings of their distinctive wines on offer for guests.

Hackersley Estate

Rated by connoisseur James Halliday as one of the ten best wineries in Australia, this boutique winery has a reputation for producing exclusive vintages of exceptional wine. Found in Geographe, Western Australia, the makers at Hackersley Estate describe their wines as being crafted with passion and exquisite attention to detail.

The result is a distinctive yet refined range of wines which are a delight to the palate, and a tribute to the years of careful preparation that creates them. Competition is fierce amongst wine lovers when a new vintage is released, so be sure to place your order well in advance!

Golden Pride Wineries

If you’re searching for a boutique winery with a twist, you won’t get much more unique than the produce from Golden Pride Wineries. Located near Mareeba in Tropical North Queensland, Golden Pride is the world’s first ever dedicated mango winery. Family owned and operated, the makers spent years researching and developing their distinctive brand of wines before releasing the first products in their range in 1999.

With dry, medium and sweet varieties on offer, all products are made from the Kensington Red mango and are available in either still or sparkling. Guests are welcome to visit the premises to learn more about this unique winery, and taste some of their premium produce.

These are the finest and most distinctive up and coming boutique wineries in Australia. From far North Queensland and the Sunshine Coast, to the lush Hunter Valley and Margaret River regions, there are countless wines to discover for the keen traveller.

About the Author: Jasmine Poole has travelled across 30 countries in the last 18 months. She is currently in Darwin, Australia.