The 2025 Shortlist

Best Value Winery: The Finalists

By The Tasting Team

Meet the 2025 Best Value Winery finalists.

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Value never goes out of fashion but it’s particularly important right now, and we’re always on the hunt, always trying to find where value is at its keenest. Congratulations then to the Best Value Wineries of this year; more power to you. This category is closely tied to the awarding of special value rosettes ✪ to wines that offer value for money, whatever their price point. We present the 2025 Best Value Winery Shortlist – meet our finalists below.

Glenn James and Joanna Marsh of Billy Button Wines

Billy Button Wines

Where: Alpine Valleys, Victoria
Established: 2014
Winemakers: Glenn James, Joanna Marsh and Melissa Fettke
Why: "Billy Button’s wines seem to hit the quality/value mark every time they venture out the door... All the wines here (spanning an ultra-large selection of varieties) are made in highly drinkable, food-friendly styles."

Bleasdale Vineyards

Bleasdale Vineyards

Where: Langhorne Creek, South Australia
Established: 1850
Winemakers: Matt Laube
Viticulturist: Sarah Keough
Why: "Bleasdale is more than value. Bleasdale is more than its long and celebrated history. Bleasdale is a modern, quality producer that we can’t, quite frankly, sing the praises of highly enough."

Rebecca and Lucy Willson of Bremerton

Bremerton Wines

Where: Langhorne Creek, South Australia
Established: 1988
Winemaker: Rebecca Willson
Why: "This is a producer you can rely on."

De Bortoli Yarra Valley vineyard

De Bortoli Yarra Valley

Where: Yarra Valley, Victoria
Established: 1987
Winemakers: Steve Webber, Jono Thompson and Kate Webber
Viticulturist: Rob Sutherland
Why: " a social setting and De Bortoli has the perfect wine for it, at the perfect price."

Forest Hill vineyard

Forest Hill Vineyard

Where: Great Southern, Western Australia
Established: 1965
Winemakers: Liam Carmody and Guy Lyons
Viticulturist: Ross Pike
Why: "It’s been an emphatic year for Forest Hill... This Great Southern/Mount Barker producer is kicking goals from all angles."

Ben Hine and Ben Mullen of Mulline


Where: Geelong, Victoria
Established: 2019
Winemaker: Ben Mullen
Viticulturist: Ben Mullen
Why: "Such excellence never springs out of nowhere, and that’s certainly the case with Mulline. Clearly there are some fantastic vineyard resources in play here but the person who makes the wine – Ben Mullen – could not come more highly credentialled."

The Stella Bella team

Stella Bella Wines

Where: Margaret River, Western Australia
Established: 1996
Winemaker: Luke Jolliffe
Viticulturist: James Hayward
Why: "It can be hard at times to find genuine value out of Margaret River, but Stella Bella offers plenty."

Anthony and Patrick of Trentham Wines

Trentham Estate

Where: Murray Darling, New South Wales
Established: 1988
Winemakers: Anthony Murphy and Steve Yang
Viticulturist: Pat Murphy
Why: "This producer rarely gets the credit it deserves... For mid-weight drinking, white or red, this darling of the Murray (river) always has some genuine contenders."

2025 People's Choice Award

Voting is now open for the 2025 Halliday People's Choice Award. While the Awards celebrates the best of the best in Australian wine, the People's Choice Award honours the best winery experience from around the country. Cast your vote and go into the running to win the ultimate prize pack valued at over $1900. Vote now.

2025 Taste the Awards events

Tickets are now on sale for the 2025 Taste the Awards events. Meet some of the winning winemakers and be the first to taste the top wines of the year. Taste the Awards 2025 is an exclusive showcase of award-winning wines and wineries from the 2025 Halliday Wine Companion Awards. Secure your tickets below.

Taste the Awards: Melbourne
Thursday August 8, 2024
Sophia, Prahran
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Taste the Awards: Brisbane
Thursday August 15, 2024
Blackbird, Brisbane City
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The winner of each category will be announced at the 2025 Halliday Wine Companion Awards on Wednesday August 7, 2024.

The 2025 Halliday Wine Companion is available from August 8. You can pre-order your copy of Australia's most comprehensive wine guide here


*This is an edited extract from the 2025 Halliday Wine Companion, with reviews by James Halliday, Campbell Mattinson, Dave Brookes, Jane Faulkner, Jeni Port, Marcus Ellis, Mike Bennie, Philip Rich, Shanteh Wale and Toni Paterson MW. Cover art by Vera Babida.

Quotes by Campbell Mattinson.