There’s no denying that Australia makes some very, very great wine. Just like our coffee culture, our winemaking industry has really come into its own across the last few decades, with Aussie wine regions around the country producing standout and award-winning Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Riesling, Merlot, and more recently too, a whole lot of natural and organic wines.
If 2020 is the year you plan on “holidaying here” and getting to know the history and the great mysteries of our own backyard, we reckon you should also get to know our legendary winemakers too. Here, we’ve buddied up with Naked Wines to intro you to some of the country’s up and coming wine producers. See a drop you’re into? Nab yourself one of these Urban List x Naked Wines vouchers on us, and take $100 off your wine order.
Here are just four of the great winemakers from around the country that you can shop right now.
Santolin Wines, Yarra Valley
Adrian and Rebecca Santolin are a husband and wife team who’ve been involved in winemaking for over 15 years. But their big dream was to one day make their own wine.
When they took the leap out on their own, they had to borrow grapes from a friend to make a couple of barrels of wine! Now they craft thousands of cases of delicious wines for eager Naked Wines "Naked Angel" customers and they couldn’t be happier. And the reviews show it’s great stuff—like you’d expect to find in a good restaurant. No wonder they’ve won lots of trophies and gold, silver, and bronze medals for their wines over the years.
Rob Paulazzo, Riverina
Rob Paulazzo is a truly talented wine wizard who grew up in the Riverina where his Grandfather started the family vineyard 80-odd years ago. He’s worked with big wineries like McWilliams, Orlando, and Giesen and was nominated for Young Winemaker of the Year in 2008.
In 2015, Paulazzo’s dream came true when Naked Wines helped him set up his own wine label. And it sounds like it’s gone really well for him. He’s been a Top 50 Young Gun of Wine, won buckets of wine medals and trophies, and the legendary wine critic James Halliday rates his winery as 5-Star.
La Petite Mort, Granite Belt
In 2014, this winemaking team stumbled on derelict Mary's vineyard in Queensland's Granite Belt. Together, Glen Robert and Andrew Scott nursed the tired old vines back to health using organic practices, plenty of elbow-grease, and tons of TLC.
As a former research scientist and a head sommelier, these guys really know their stuff. They pick and process their grapes by hand to create small batches of truly artisan wines. As a small producer from a small region, joining the Naked Wines library gave them the chance to propel their unique wines and region onto the national stage.
Flowstone, Margaret River
Born in Perth, Stuart Pym has been making fabulous Margaret River vino for more than 30 years. He’s an industry legend who helped put Halliday 5-Star wineries such as Voyager Estate, Devils Lair, and Stella Bella on the map, and he’s scooped up plenty of wine medals and trophies. You could say he’s an internationally-awarded, winemaking genius!
In 2014, Pym joined Naked Wines to be able to make his own wines his way, and he’s still at the top of his game. He just won "Best Sauvignon Blanc" in the James Halliday 2021 awards.
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