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Where to buy wine in Australia

10 Mar 2008 by JR
Australian wine writer Peter Forrestal has compiled this incredibly thorough compendium of recommended wine retailers and merchants in Australia. The main part of the list appeared in the 2008 edition of his annual guide Quaff and we are grateful to him for permission to reproduce the information here. The final section on merchants was specially compiled for us.
 
Retailers are listed geographically by state and then city or region, and alphabetically within each subsection.
 
Click on the links to go straight to the following specific sections:
 
 
 

RECOMMENDED RETAILERS
 
Making friends with a good bottle shop is the best way to gain direct access to the great bargains – the one-offs and specials as well as the wines from small producers that haven’t yet become cult buys (and are therefore unobtainable). This list has been put together by combining our own experience of various bottle shops around the country, and asking a network of contacts, including wine producers, wholesalers and distributors, where the best places to buy wine are located.
 

NATIONAL

Because of their size (between them they control about 40 per cent of the market – and this percentage is growing), the Coles Myer and Woolworths stores often have the best prices, but they can lack range and depth of wines on offer.

Coles Myer – Liquorland, Vintage Cellars, Quaffers, Theo’s
For store locations: 1300 366 084
www.vintagecellars.com.au
 
Woolworths – Safeway & Woolworths Liquor Stores, Dan Murphy’s, BWS
For store locations:
www.woolworths.com.au
 
The Alliance of Fine Wine Merchants
This group of wine merchants were formed to counter the power of the supermarket chains by working collaboratively while remaining independent.
For store locations:
www.thewinealliance.com
 
Cellarbrations
This is a group of independent stores which uses the marketing strength of the group to compete with the supermarket chains.
For store locations:

www.cellarbrations.com.au

 
 
 
Sydney
 
Amato’s Liquor Mart
267 -277 Norton Street, Leichhardt, NSW 2040
(02) 9560 7628
 
Annandale Cellars
119 Johnston Street, Annandale, NSW 2038
 
Avalon Fine Wine and Foods
35 Avalon Parade, Avalon, NSW 2107
(02) 9918 3207
 
Best Cellars
91 Crown Street, East Sydney, NSW 2010
(02) 9361 3733
 
Camperdown Cellars
140–144 Parramatta Road, Camperdown, NSW 2050
(02) 9517 2000
 
City Cellars
54 Lime Street, Sydney NSW 2000
02 9299 3385
 
Dee Why Hotel
Pittwater Road (cnr Sturdee Parade), Dee Why, NSW 2099
(02) 9981 1166
 
Five Ways Cellars
4 Heeley Street, Paddington, NSW 2021
(02) 9360 4242
 
Jim’s Cellars
65 Edgeworth David Avenue, Waitara, NSW 2077
(02) 9489 7177
 
Kemenys
137 Bondi Road, Bondi, 2026
13 88 81
 
Liquor Brothers
3A Anella Avenue, Castle Hill, NSW 2154
(02) 9680 7311
 
Newport Bottler
386 Barrenjoey Road, Newport, NSW 2106
(02) 9997 6721
 
North Sydney Cellars
MLC Building, Shop 4, 105 Miller Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060
(02) 9954 0090
 
Palm Beach Wine Co.
1109 Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach, 2108
(02) 9974 4304
 
Polifroni Cellars
Shop 1/169 Annangrove Road, Annangrove, NSW 2156
(02) 9679 0144
 
Porters Liquor
For store locations: www.portersliquor.com.au
(02) 9816 3044
 
Ultimo Wine Centre
21/ 99 Jones Street, Ultimo, NSW 2007
(02) 9211 2380
 
Wine Culture
23 Babbage Road
Roseville Chase NSW 2069
(02) 9882 1788
 
Outside Sydney
 
Elanora Hotel
41 Victoria Street, Gosford East, NSW 2250
(02) 4325 2026
 
Lambton Fridge
86 Elder Street, Lambton, NSW 2299
tel +61 (0)2 4957 1274
 
Leura Cellars
169–171 Leura Mall, Leura, NSW 2780
tel +61 (0)2 4784 1122
 
Oxford Tavern
47 Crown Street, Wollongong, NSW 2500
tel +61 (0)2 4228 3892
 
Toowoon Bay Cellars
153–155 Bay Road, Towoon Bay, NSW 2261
tel +61 (0)2 4332 7459
 
Tosti Cellars
Port Kembla, Wentworth Street, NSW 2505
tel +61 (0)2 4274 1315
 
 
 
Melbourne
 
6J’s Wine Merchants
Shop 814, Prahran Market, 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra, VIC 3141
tel +61 (0)3 9824 2751
 
Armadale Cellars
813–817 High Street, Armadale, VIC 3143
tel +61 (0)3 9509 3055
 
City Wine Shop
159-161 Spring Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
tel +61 (0)3 9654 6657
 
Cloudwine Cellars
317 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205
(03) 9699 6700
766 Burke Road, Camberwell, VIC 3124
tel +61 (0)3 9882 0954
 
Europa Cellars
Shop G3 / Wellington Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002
tel +61 (0)3 9417 7220
 
King & Godfree
293 Lygon Street, Carlton, VIC 3053
tel +61 (0)3 9347 1619
 
McCoppins
165 Johnston Street, Fitzroy, VIC 3065
(03) 9417 5089
 
Parkhill Cellars
43–45 Errol Street, North Melbourne, VIC 3051
tel +61 (0)3 9328 1132
 
Prince Wine Store
177 Bank Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205
(03) 9686 3033
2A Acland Street, St Kilda, VIC 3182
tel +61 (0)3 9536 1155
 
Randall's
186 Bridport Street, Albert Park, VIC 3206
tel +61 (0)3 9686 4122
324-26 Parkington Street, Newtown, Geelong, VIC 3220
 
Rathdowne Cellars
348 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North, VIC 3054
tel +61 (0)3 9349 3366
 
Winebins
58 Commercial Road, Prahran, VIC 3181
tel +61 (0)3 9510 5424
 
Outside Melbourne
 
Bannockburn Cellars
150 Pakington Street, Geelong West, VIC 3218
tel +61 (0)3 5229 5358
 
Corky’s Liquor
2–8 Breed Street, Traralgon, VIC 3844
tel +61 (0)3 5174 1211
 
International Fine Wines
19-21 Russell St, Abbotsford, Victoria 3067
tel +61 (0)3 8415 0206
 
Jack’s Wine and Spirits
901 Sturt Street, Ballarat, VIC 3350
tel +61 (0)3 5332 1176
 
K.M. Lynch
116 Fairy Street, Warrnambool, VIC 3280
tel +61 (0)3 5562 4939
 
Murray Esplanade Cellars
2 Lesley Street, Echuca, VIC 3564
tel +61 (0)3 5482 6058
 
Neuschafers
90 Mercer Street, Geelong, VIC 3220
tel +61 (0)3 5229 8871
 
Randall the Wine Merchant
324 Pakington Street, Newtown, VIC 2251
tel +61 (0)3 5223 1141
 
 
 
Adelaide
 
East End Cellars
22–26 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide, SA 5000
tel +61 (0)8 8232 5300
 
Edinburgh Cellars
7 High Street, Mitcham, SA 5062
tel +61 (0)8 8373 2753
 
Fassina Liquor Merchants
 37-39 Oaklands Road, Somerton Park SA 5044
tel +61 (0)8 8376 1848
 
Goodwood Cellars
125 Goodwood Road, Goodwood SA 5034
tel +61 (0)8 8271 7481
 
Melbourne Street Cellars
93 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, SA 5006
tel +61 (0)8 8267 1533
 
Norwood Hotel
97 The Parade, Norwood, SA 5067
tel +61 (0)8 8431 1822
 
Parade Cellars
Shop 15, 161-175 The Parade, Norwood SA 5067
tel +61 (0)8 8332 0317
 
Royal Oak Hotel
123 O'Connell Street, North Adelaide SA 5006
tel +61 (0)8 8267 2488
 
Wine Underground
121 Pirie Street, Adelaide, SA 5000
tel +61 (0)8 8232 1222
 
 
Outside Adelaide
 
Berri Resort Hotel
Riverview Drive, Berri, SA 5342
tel +61 (0)8 8582 1411
 
Fidler & Webb
64 Commercial Street East, Mount Gambier, SA 5290
tel +61 (0)8 8725 3038
 
Grand Tasman Hotel
94 Tasman Terrace, Port Lincoln, SA 5606
tel +61 (0)8 8682 2133
 
 
 
Brisbane
 
Cru Bar & Cellar
22 James Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
tel +61 (0)7 3252 1744
 
The Gap Tavern
21 Glenquarie Place, The Gap, QLD 4061
tel +61 (0)7 3366 6090
 
The Grape Group
85 Merthyr Road, New Farm, QLD 4005
tel +61 (0)7 3358 6000
 
The Liquor Superstore / Liquor Saver
201 Ferry Road, Southport, QLD, 4215
tel +61 (0)7 5556 5155
 
Mr Corks
Jindalee Hotel, Sinnamon Road (cnr Goggs Road), Jindalee QLD 4074
tel +61 (0)7 3710 5858
 
Paddington Tavern
186 Given Terrace, Paddington, QLD 4064
tel +61 (0)7 3369 0044
 
Stewarts Wine Co.
Racecourse Road (Cnr of Dobson St.), Ascot, Qld. 4007
1300 138 838
 
Story Bridge Hotel
200 Main St, Kangaroo Point, QLD
tel +61 (0)7 3391 2266
 
The Liquor Superstore
577 Settlement Road, Keperra, QLD 4054
tel +61 (0)7 3351 0499
 
The Wine Emporium
Shop 47, 1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
tel +61 (0)7 3252 1117
 
Wine@era 
SW1 102 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane QLD
tel +61 (0)7 3832 4722
 
Outside Brisbane
 
Austral Hotel
189 Victoria Street, Mackay, QLD 4740
tel +61 (0)7 4951 3288
 
Barrier Reef Hotel
33 Wharf Street, Cairns, QLD 4870
tel +61 (0)7 4051 4245
 
Courthouse Hotel
51 Nerang St , Southport, QLD
tel +61 (0)7 5532 0122
 
Seaview Hotel
56 The Strand, North Ward, QLD 4810
tel +61 (0)7 4771 5005
 
Smithfield Tavern
Captain Cook Highway, Smithfield, QLD 4878
tel +61 (0)7 4038 1411
 
Sunshine Cellars
50 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, QLD 4567
1800 555 545
 
Villa Noosa Hotel
Mary Street, Noosaville, QLD 4566
tel +61 (0)7 5430 5555
 
 
 
Perth
 
Barossa Cellars
278 Railway Parade, Leederville, WA 6007
tel +61 (0)8 9381 1770
 
Bicton Cellars
221 Preston Road, Bicton, WA 6157
tel +61 (0)8 9339 1917
 
Chateau Guildford
124 Swan Street, Guildford, WA 6055
tel +61 (0)8 9377 3311
 
Dan Murphys Westminster
22 Culloton Crescent, Balga, WA 6061
tel +61 (0)8 9342 2568
 
Grants of Cottesloe
24 Railway Street, Cottesloe, WA 6011
tel +61 (0)8 9384 3920
 
Harborne & Cambridge Cellars
252 Cambridge Street, Wembley, WA 6014
tel +61 (0)8 9388 3033
 
Invinity Fine Wine Brokers
Lvl 1 / 58 Kishorn Rd, Mt Pleasant, WA 6153 
tel +61 (0)8 9315 3777
 
La Vigna
302 Walcott Street, Mt Lawley, WA 6050
tel +61 (0)8 9271 1179
 
Liquor Barons Herdsman
Shop 5/1 Flynn Street, Churchlands, WA 6018
tel +61 (0)8 9387 4222
 
Liquor Barons Mt Lawley
654 Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley, WA 6050
tel +61 (0)8 9271 0886
 
Liquor Barons South Perth
23 Mends Street, South Perth, WA 6050
tel +61 (0)8 9367 1001
 
Old Bridge Cellars
221 Queen Victoria Street, North Fremantle, WA 6159
tel +61 (0)8 9335 2702
 
Paddington Ale House
141 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mt Hawthorn, WA
tel +61 (0)8 9242 3077
 
Re Store
Liquor & Gourmet Food Store
231 Oxford Street, Leederville WA 6007
tel +61 (0)8 9444 9644
 
Re Store
Liquor & Gourmet Food Store
72 Lake Street, Northbridge WA 6003
tel +61 (0)8 9328 1877
 
Rossmoyne Cellars
5 Third Avenue, Rossmoyne, WA 6148
tel +61 (0)8 9457 6439
 
Scarborough Cellars
166 Scarborough Beach Road, Scarborough, WA 6019
tel +61 (0)8 9341 1437
 
Sexton Cellars
30 Sexton Road, Inglewood WA 6052
08 9370 4111
 
Swanbourne Cellars
103 Claremont Crescent, Swanbourne, WA 6010
tel +61 (0)8 9384 2111
 
 
 
Australian Winebrokers
21 Lonsdale Street, Braddon, ACT 2612
(02) 6262 8599
 
Braddon Cellars
11 Lonsdale Street,
Braddon ACT
(02} 6247 2440
 
Campbell's Liquor Discount
Campbell Shops, 4 Blamey Place,Campbell, ACT
 (02) 6247 1366
 
George’s Liquor Stable
17 Dundas Court, Phillip, ACT 2606
(02) 6285 3075
 
Jim Murphy’s Market Wine Cellars
19 Mildura Street, Fyshwick, ACT 2609
(02) 6295 0060
 
Local Liquor
Wattle Street, Lyneham, ACT 2602
(02) 6249 7263
 
1st Choice Liquor Superstore
170 Melrose Drive, Phillip, ACT 2606
(02) 6122 8900
 
The Wine Shed
Shop 27 Belconnen Markets, Lathlain Street,Belconnen ACT
 (02) 6 251 3781
 
 
 
Hobart
 
Aberfeldy Cellars BWS 
128 Davey Street, Hobart, TAS 7000
(03) 6211 6633
 
Gasworks 9/11 Bottleshop
Shop 3/2 Macquarie Street, Hobart, TAS 7000
(03) 6214 7525
 
 
Outside Hobart
 
Alexander Hotel
79 Formby Rd, Devonport
(03) 6424 2671
 
Benchmark Tasmania Wine Gallery
135 Paterson St Launceston, TAS 7250
03 6331 3977
 
Club Hotel
22 Mount Street, Burnie
(03) 6432 3666
 
Gunners Arms Tavern
23 Lawrence Street, Launceston, TAS 7250
(03) 6331 3891
 
Pinot Shop
135 Paterson Street, Launceston, TAS 7250
(03) 6331 3977
 
TRC Bottleshop
131 Paterson Street, Launceston, TAS 7250
(03) 6331 3424
 
 
 
Beachfront Hotel
342 Casuarina Drive, Rapid Creek, NT 0810
tel +61 (0)8 8985 3000
 
Hidden Valley Tavern
Stuart Highway, Berrimah, NT 0828
tel +61 (0)8 8984 3999
 
Northside Foodland
3 Hearn Place, Alice Springs, NT 0870
tel +61 (0)8 8952 2754
 
Parap Fine Foods
40 Parap Road, Parap, NT 0820
tel +61 (0)8 8981 8597
 
Parap Village Tavern
15 Parap Road, Parap, NT 0820
tel +61 (0)8 8981 2191
 
Vintage Cellars
27 Cavenagh Street, Darwin, NT 0800
tel +61 (0)8 8941 7345
 
 

WINE CLUBS AND ONLINE RETAILERS
 
There are disadvantages to joining a direct-selling wine club like Cellarmasters or The Wine Society [no relation to the UK Wine Society, JH] – the main ones being the inability to try before you buy, and the fact that you have to take the rough with the smooth: not every wine you are sent will be a masterpiece of the vintner’s art (that’s one way that costs are kept so low). The same applies to buying wine over the internet. But we think the advantages outweigh the negative sides – look, for example at the quality and exceptional value of the Cellarmasters wines we have been able to recommend in this edition.
 
WINE CLUBS

 
Cellarmasters
1800 500 260
 
Liquorland Direct
1300 300 640
 
Vintage Cellars
1300 366 084
 
Wine Selectors
1300 303 307
 
The Wine Society
1300 723 723
 

ONLINE STORES
 
The following web sites often have some excellent prices, and all have a good range, including some smaller-producer, harder-to-get wines and, in many cases, a wide range of cleanskins.

 
 


The international Wine-Searcher web site is very powerful and extremely useful in finding wines – and their wildly varying prices – all around the world, not just in Australia. If you buy a lot of wine online, it’s worth signing up to the Pro version:


And despite its limited scope, the Wine Robot search engine can return
some great bargains:

 
 
 
The following import wines and sell wholesale and to the public (either by mail order or through a retail shop). Some also sell Australian wines.
 
art of wines (australia) Internet only. French parent company.
French and Australian wines only.
 
D'Or to Door
Jeremy Holmes
7A Murray Street, Tanunda, SA 5352
+61 8 8563 1551
 
International Fine Wines
Robert Walters
19-21 Russell St, Abbotsford, Victoria 3067
+61 3 8415 0206
 
Euan McKay Wine Merchant
PO Box 904 Mount Eliza, Victoria 3930 
+61 (0)418 177 591
 
Mezzanine
112 Trenerry Crescent Abbotsford, Victoria 3067
+61 3 8413 8366
 
Negociants
Tim Evans
205 Grote Street, Adelaide, SA 5000
+61 8 8112 4233
 
Randall's
186 Bridport Street, Albert Park, V 3206
+61 3 9686 4122
 
Ross Duke
309/63 Stead Street, South Melbourne, V 3205
+61 3 9696 7920
 
Ultimo Wine Centre
Jon Osbeiston
21/99 Jones Street, Ultimo, NSW 2007
+61 2 9211 2380
 
Winewise
Lester Jesberg
P.O Box 391, Belconnen ACT 2616
+61 412 148 577
 
 
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