Australian Wine Vintages

Australian Wine Vintages (also known as the Gold Book) is Australia’s longest running annual wine guide, first published in 1979. Rob Geddes MW took over authorship in 2007 and has since published 12 editions of the book under his company, Geddes A Drink publications.

Since 2013, the guide has also been published as an app, that can be accessed on a smart phone, notebook or computer. Our goal is to ensure that our advice remains contemporary, with a focus on information for tasting, travelling, drinking, dining and cellaring that can be referenced on the go.

Australian Wine Vintages is trusted by winemakers and wine enthusiasts alike.  The fully updated 2018 edition showcases the best new vintages from Australian wineries, with:

  • Detailed tasting notes for thousands of wines in the book and app
  • Advice on vintage quality
  • When to drink each wine
  • Top 100 list of wines for 2018
  • Top 10 wines for every budget
  • 300 Gold Stars awarded to wines displaying consistent excellence
  • Advice on the best regional wine styles and producers in each region

In whatever form our advice is published, what has remained consistent over the years is our mission: to identify premium Australian wines and publish the top 10 percent in a handy, easy-to-use guide.

How the wines are assessed

Several thousand wine samples come into our offices annually and are judged by reference to body, balance, length and typicity, in addition to regionality.

Of the 4000 wines that Rob’s panel tastes each year, only 2500 make the cut.  The cull is a process that only becomes more challenging with each year, as Australian wines continue to grow in quality.