Australian Wine Vintages 2011 – Robert Geddes MW

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Rob Geddes MW, author of Australian Wine Vintages

Rob Geddes MW, author of Australian Wine Vintages

Australian Wine Vintages 2011 by Robert Geddes MW


Australian Wine Vintages, a classy gold-covered, glove-box-sized book, has been trusted by winemakers and wine enthusiasts for more than 31 years.

Now in its 28th edition, it is Australia’s longest running wine guide and is aimed with the wine drinker, collector and traveller in mind. It is not only of interest to any serious wine drinker and collector but it will quicken the pulse of wine travellers or any one with even a casual interest in wine.

Readers who own it leaf through it savouring every word and flavour, often having a few tastes and finding a journey into wine that educates, entertains and illuminates the wine experience.

By only focusing on those producers who can consistently make quality wines or consistently represent excellent value at all value points, rather than covering the entire industry, makes this the most comprehensive and useful guide to wines and wineries in Australia and New Zealand.

This easy to use, clearly laid out book is written and published by Robert Geddes, only the third of a handful of Australians to be awarded the prestigious international ‘Master of Wine’. As well as the wine and wineries review section, the guide lists; the Top 100 wines for the year, Gold Star wines that consistently perform their best vintage after vintage, and special sections for wines available in 375 ml bottles and Australian Spirits and Liqueurs.

Each year Rob and his tasting panel tastes thousands of wines and covers the best 350 wineries in Australasia, highlighting Australia’s top wines, winery ratings, and 'experts' star rating for each wine – you’ll also find their price.

Just one of the benefits that set this guide apart from the others is the review of older vintages and how they are drinking for those who like to cellar their wines, or may have the opportunity to purchase an older vintage.

Bound in hard cover making it durable and robust. Its compact size means it can fit in a glove box, purse or hip pocket yet it is elegantly and beautifully presented,  so it’s a book that serves as a coffee-table companion for guests to dip into as well as it does a travelling companion.

The travel section gives advice as to which wineries to visit plus where to eat and stay, drawing on not only on Rob’s experiences but those places recommended by the winemakers of the region. This allows anyone planning a visit to that wine region to benefit from insiders' knowledge – the hard yards have been already been done for them leaving them to focus on enjoying their trip. 


Our review of the Gold Book can be read here »


Australian Wine Vintages 2011 by Rob Geddes is published by Nepenthe Publications (Sydney; 2010) RRP A$34.99). Subscribers of and Winepros Archive can purchase Australian Wine Vintages 2011 at 12.5% discount via our book partners Seekbooks (postage extra).

SPECIAL OFFER: subscribers purchasing this book through Rob Geddes' website will have their copy personally signed. Click here for details »

Rob Geddes is the author of four books on wine and works as a presenter and freelance journalist to the wine trade, consumer wine or travel magazines.  Based in Sydney, he is in demand for his executive level presentations on wine, as a lecturer and after dinner speaker, and educator. He is the former owner and Managing Director of WineStream, Australia’s only drinks specialist public relations business.


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