Best Listing of a Region’s Wines

Healesville Hotel

Healesville Hotel

256 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville 
(03) 5962 4002

Cuisine Modern Australian
WINE LIST Michael Kennedy
WINES ON LIST 400 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($$$ by the glass)

A remarkable Yarra Valley haven for wine lovers for more than a decade, the Healesville Hotel has attained Hall of Fame status for winning Best Pub and Best Beer lists three times each. A dazzling display of Yarra-associated varieties (chardonnay, pinot noir, syrah, cabernet) features well-established (De Bortoli, Gembrook Hill, Yarra Yering) and less familiar names (Atika, Fikkers, Luke Lambert), along with clever choices from elsewhere. I love the ‘Friends from out of town’ sections. Also, plenty of varieties aren’t particularly associated with the Yarra, such as greco, viognier, marsanne/roussane blends and gamay, nebbiolo, sangiovese and tempranillo. The local gin, Four Pillars, is served, as are local beers and ciders. The list by the glass (and carafe) is predominantly local with resident winemakers showing their own labels – Tom Carson with Serrat and David Bicknell with Bicknell FC and a Gippsland pinot. The Healesville is a delight: comfortable quality food with a local slant and a wine list to live for. peter forrestal


Settlers Tavern

114 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River
(08) 9757 2398

CUISINEModern Australian
WINE LIST Karen Gough
WINEs ON LIST 500 (25 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($12-$6.50 by the glass)

A wonderful list taking advantage of all the joys that Western Australia has to offer but ensuring that there are plenty of exceptional wines from around the globe. All the information you could ever need to make a choice. A list to make the West proud.


Moore Road, Freshwater, Sydney 
(02) 9938 3331

WINE LIST Adrian Hall
WINEs ON LIST 640 (25 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($28-$15 by the glass)

Pilu at Freshwater has long been lauded for its exceptional wine list and continues to impress. Beautifully designed, laid out thoughtfully, and rich in content, the pages unfurl with a collection of Italian wines that support the food menu's Sardinian roots, but also show a willingness to offer diners a true breadth of experience. The current list is bolstered with biodynamic, organic and natural wines, but still finds great currency in classics like the impressive vein of Sassicaia, or artisanal beers and ciders of Italy (and now more local sources!), Pieropan's blisteringly fresh aromatic white wines, and Santadi's fascinating carignanos. Indeed, the span of the list is one of its biggest charms; that it cleverly traverses so many tastes, while adhering to adding context for dining, and of course, drinking pleasure. That the list is ever-changing yet on point with theme is testimony to time and effort from the whip-smart Pilu team.  It remains, as ever, one of the best wine lists in the country.