The Real Review is a national alliance that reviews around 10,000 wines from Australia and New Zealand per year and showcases the results online.
They also produce a Top Wineries Of Australia list, awarding certificates to a select group of wineries that consistently produce quality wine. The 2020 list includes 415 Australian wineries.
Ten of the top 60 wineries were West Australian and despite producing less than 1% of the national crush, four were from the Great Southern:
- Swinney Vineyards
- Howard Park (Margaret River and GS vineyards)
- Duke’s Vineyard
- Frankland Estate
New entrant Swinney Vineyards in Frankland River rated highest in sixth position. The Real Review principal wine writer for Australia, Huon Hooke, stated that Swinney Vineyards was a new name to reckon with.
“The Swinneys aren’t new to vines but the recently launched brand amazed us with its formidable quality. The 2018 syrah and grenache and 2019 riesling are sublime; the top reds, named Farvie, also 2018 vintage, are shockingly good,” wrote Huon in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Margaret River also performed well, including Cullens as winery of the year. Wineries ranking in the top 60 list included:
- Cullen Wines (winery of the year)
- Stella Bella
- Vasse Felix
From the Swan Valley, Sittella Wines ranked an impressive 35, the only winery outside of Margaret River and the Great Southern to appear in the top 60.
You can view all WA wineries here, and see the WA wineries that made it to the top 60 in the Top Wineries Of Australia list below.
Top 10 WA Wineries