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10 Mar 2008

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:

 

National retailers

Retailers in New South Wales

Retailers in Victoria

Retailers in South Australia

Retailers in Queensland

Retailers in Western Australia

Retailers in Canberra - ACT

Retailers in Tasmania

Retailers in the Northern Territory

Wine clubs and online retailers

Search engines

Wine merchants

 

 

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

 

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

 

Sydney

 

Amato’s Liquor Mart

267 -277 Norton Street, Leichhardt, NSW 2040

(02) 9560 7628

amatos@amatos.com.au

 

Annandale Cellars

119 Johnston Street, Annandale, NSW 2038

(02) 9660 1947
sales@annandalecellars.com.au
www.annandalecellars.com.au

 

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

www.bestcellars.com.au

 

Camperdown Cellars

140–144 Parramatta Road, Camperdown, NSW 2050

(02) 9517 2000

 

City Cellars

54 Lime Street, Sydney NSW 2000

02 9299 3385

www.citycellars.com.au

 

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

iancook@fivewaycellars.com.au

 

Jim’s Cellars

65 Edgeworth David Avenue, Waitara, NSW 2077

(02) 9489 7177

 

Kemenys

137 Bondi Road, Bondi, 2026

13 88 81

www.kemenys.com.au

 

Liquor Brothers

3A Anella Avenue, Castle Hill, NSW 2154

(02) 9680 7311

www.liquorbrothers.com.au

 

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

www.northsydneycellars.com.au

 

Palm Beach Wine Co.

1109 Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach, 2108

(02) 9974 4304

www.palmbeachwineco.com

 

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

www.ultimowinecentre.com.au

 

Wine Culture

23 Babbage Road

Roseville Chase NSW 2069

(02) 9882 1788

www.wineculture.com.au

 

Outside Sydney

 

Elanora Hotel

41 Victoria Street, Gosford East, NSW 2250

(02) 4325 2026

www.elanorahotel.com.au

 

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

www.tosticellars.com.au

 

 

VICTORIA

 

Melbourne

 

6J’s Wine Merchants

Shop 814, Prahran Market, 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra, VIC 3141

tel +61 (0)3 9824 2751

www.6js.com.au

 

Armadale Cellars

813–817 High Street, Armadale, VIC 3143

tel +61 (0)3 9509 3055

www.armadalecellars.com.au

 

City Wine Shop

159-161 Spring Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

tel +61 (0)3 9654 6657

www.citywineshop.net.au

 

Cloudwine Cellars

317 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205

(03) 9699 6700

766 Burke Road, Camberwell, VIC 3124

tel +61 (0)3 9882 0954

www.cloudwine.com.au

 

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

www.king&godfree.com.au

 

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

www.parkhillcellars.com

 

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

www.princewinestore.com

 

Randall's

186 Bridport Street, Albert Park, VIC 3206

tel +61 (0)3 9686 4122

324-26 Parkington Street, Newtown, Geelong, VIC 3220

www.randalls.net.au

 

Rathdowne Cellars

348 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North, VIC 3054

tel +61 (0)3 9349 3366

www.rathdownecellars.com.au

 

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

www.bannockburncellars.com.au

 

Corky’s Liquor

2–8 Breed Street, Traralgon, VIC 3844

tel +61 (0)3 5174 1211

www.corkys.com.au

 

International Fine Wines

19-21 Russell St, Abbotsford, Victoria 3067

tel +61 (0)3 8415 0206

www.ifw.com.au

 

Jack’s Wine and Spirits

901 Sturt Street, Ballarat, VIC 3350

tel +61 (0)3 5332 1176

www.jackswine.com.au

 

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

mecellars@ozemail.com.au

 

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

www.randalls.net.au

 

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

 

Adelaide

 

East End Cellars

22–26 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide, SA 5000

tel +61 (0)8 8232 5300

www.eastendcellars.com.au

 

Edinburgh Cellars

7 High Street, Mitcham, SA 5062

tel +61 (0)8 8373 2753

www.edinburgh.com.au

 

Fassina Liquor Merchants

 37-39 Oaklands Road, Somerton Park SA 5044

tel +61 (0)8 8376 1848

admin@fassina.com.au

 

Goodwood Cellars

125 Goodwood Road, Goodwood SA 5034

tel +61 (0)8 8271 7481

goodwoodcellars@toucangroup.com.au

 

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

www.wineunderground.com.au

 

 

Outside Adelaide

 

Berri Resort Hotel

Riverview Drive, Berri, SA 5342

tel +61 (0)8 8582 1411

www.berriresorthotel.com

 

Fidler & Webb

64 Commercial Street East, Mount Gambier, SA 5290

tel +61 (0)8 8725 3038

fidwebb@datafast.net.au

 

Grand Tasman Hotel

94 Tasman Terrace, Port Lincoln, SA 5606

tel +61 (0)8 8682 2133

 

 

QUEENSLAND

 

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

www.gaptavern.com.au

 

The Grape Group

85 Merthyr Road, New Farm, QLD 4005

tel +61 (0)7 3358 6000

www.thegrape.com.au

 

The Liquor Superstore / Liquor Saver

201 Ferry Road, Southport, QLD, 4215

tel +61 (0)7 5556 5155

ferryrd@liquorstore.com

 

Mr Corks

Jindalee Hotel, Sinnamon Road (cnr Goggs Road), Jindalee QLD 4074

tel +61 (0)7 3710 5858

www.mrcorks.com.au

 

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

www.stewartswineco.com.au

 

Story Bridge Hotel

200 Main St, Kangaroo Point, QLD

tel +61 (0)7 3391 2266

www.storybridgehotel.com.au

 

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

www.thewineemporium.com.au

 

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

www.australhotel.com.au

 

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

www.villanoosa.com.au

 

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

 

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

www.bictoncellars.com.au

 

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

grantsofcottesloe@iinet.net.au

 

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

www.invinity.com.au

 

La Vigna

302 Walcott Street, Mt Lawley, WA 6050

tel +61 (0)8 9271 1179

www.lavigna.com.au

 

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

oldbridge@iinet.net.au

 

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

ingewinestore@yahoo.com.au

 

Swanbourne Cellars

103 Claremont Crescent, Swanbourne, WA 6010

tel +61 (0)8 9384 2111

swanycellars@bigpond.com

 

 

CANBERRA – AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)

 

Australian Winebrokers

21 Lonsdale Street, Braddon, ACT 2612

(02) 6262 8599

www.australianwinebrokers.com

 

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

jcellars@bigpond.net.au

 

Local Liquor

Wattle Street, Lyneham, ACT 2602

(02) 6249 7263

www.localliquor.com.au

 

1st Choice Liquor Superstore

170 Melrose Drive, Phillip, ACT 2606

(02) 6122 8900

www.1stchoice.com.au

 

The Wine Shed

Shop 27 Belconnen Markets, Lathlain Street,Belconnen ACT

 (02) 6 251 3781

 

 

TASMANIA

 

Hobart

 

Aberfeldy Cellars BWS 

128 Davey Street, Hobart, TAS 7000

(03) 6211 6633

www.beerwinespirit.com.au

 

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

www.benchmarkwinegallery.com

 

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

www.pinotshop.com

 

TRC Bottleshop

131 Paterson Street, Launceston, TAS 7250

(03) 6331 3424

 

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY

 

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

info@hiddenvalleytavern.com.au

 

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

www.parapfinefoods.com

 

Parap Village Tavern

15 Parap Road, Parap, NT 0820

tel +61 (0)8 8981 2191

parapvillagetavern@bigpond.com

 

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

www.cellarmasters.com.au

 

Liquorland Direct

1300 300 640

www.liquorlanddirect.com.au

 

Vintage Cellars

1300 366 084

www.vintagecellars.com.au

 

Wine Selectors

1300 303 307

www.wineselectors.com.au

 

The Wine Society

1300 723 723

www.winesociety.com.au

 

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.

www.auscellardoor.com.au

www.auswine.com.au

www.boccaccio.com.au

www.boutiquewineries.com.au

www.ckdirect.com.au

www.cleanskins.com

www.discountwines.com

www.joos.com.au
www.nicks.com.au

www.organicwine.com.au

www.ozliquormart.com.au

www.prospectwines.com.au

www.tastingromm.com.au

www.winelarder.com.au

www.winepool.com.au

www.winestar.com.au

www.winezy.com.au

 

 

SEARCH ENGINES


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:

www.wine-searcher.com


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

www.winerobot.com.au

 

 

WINE MERCHANTS

 

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.

info@artofwines.com.au

www.artofwines.com.au

 

D'Or to Door

Jeremy Holmes

7A Murray Street, Tanunda, SA 5352

+61 8 8563 1551

jeremy@dortodoor.com

www.dortodoor.com

 

International Fine Wines

Robert Walters

19-21 Russell St, Abbotsford, Victoria 3067

+61 3 8415 0206

rwalters@bibendum.com.au

www.ifw.com.au

 

Euan McKay Wine Merchant

PO Box 904 Mount Eliza, Victoria 3930 

+61 (0)418 177 591

euan@euanmckay.com.au

www.euanmckay.com.au

 

Mezzanine

112 Trenerry Crescent Abbotsford, Victoria 3067

+61 3 8413 8366

salesvic@mezzaninewine.com.au

www.mezzaninewine.com.au

 

Negociants

Tim Evans

205 Grote Street, Adelaide, SA 5000

+61 8 8112 4233

tevans@negociants.com

 

Randall's

186 Bridport Street, Albert Park, V 3206

+61 3 9686 4122

albertpark@randalls.net.au

www.randalls.net.au

 

Ross Duke

309/63 Stead Street, South Melbourne, V 3205

+61 3 9696 7920

rdwc@frenchwinecentre.com

www.frenchwinecentre.com

 

Ultimo Wine Centre

Jon Osbeiston

21/99 Jones Street, Ultimo, NSW 2007

+61 2 9211 2380

info@ultimowinecentre.com.au

www.ultimowinecentre.com.au

 

Winewise

Lester Jesberg

P.O Box 391, Belconnen ACT 2616

+61 412 148 577

www.winewise.net.au