The 100 Best Australian Wines 2019/20 Launch



The Sixteenth Edition

28th May 2019

The 16th edition of Matthew Jukes’ 100 Best Australian Wines was launched today at 16.00 at Australia House, Strand, London.  This the hottest Australian wine trade tasting ticket of the year and attendance was at a record high.

Over 300 hand-picked members of the international wine trade including key press, buyers, educators and winemakers attended the tasting – this is the largest number of attendees since 100 Best began.  In attendance, High Commissioner The Hon George Brandis QC and Agent General for South Australia Bill Muirhead AM joined the throng.

This Report is available to download as a digital document with click-throughs to all retail stockists for Members of  This upgrade in communication was launched in 2016 and the response from the public has been overwhelming.

Quotes from Matthew, “With last year’s 100 Best Roadshow encompassing events in the UK, Australia and also China, this is a truly global initiative.  I will stick my neck out and say that the wines in this year’s Report are the finest I have ever found.  It will be an honour to sing their praises over the next twelve months.”

“I am thrilled to announce that 14 UK Roadshow dates and venues have already been agreed for the 2019/2020 Roadshow including another huge tasting and dinner at the Tate Gallery, a debut event at Exeter Castle and, I have no doubt that one of the many highlights will be showing the 100 Best wines, at the Royal Academy for the first time.  I am incredibly honoured to have been asked to the Academician’s Room to host a tasting and talk.  In addition to these amazing venues, I will be visiting all corners of the country including hosting another massive event at the world famous Messums Wiltshire tithe barn.  I took the Roadshow there last year, for the first time, and I am delighted to be invited back.  This is the UK’s largest thatched building and it is a mind-blowing space to fill with Australian wine lovers.  In addition to the UK events, I will be taking 100 Best back to China with double the number of events I did last year.  I will be hosting four tastings Beijing, Chengdu and Guangzhou as well as heading to Taiwan for the first time to host an event in Taipei.”


The 100 Best Australian Wines initiative continues to evolve at a staggering pace.  The Roadshow tastings, over the last twelve months, comprised twelve sell-out events co-hosted by a hand-picked collection of inspirational, independent wine merchants, art galleries and international corporate companies. Attendance numbers were, once again, up on previous years with well over 2500 people in attendance. Every single guest is given a copy of the 100 Best Report for free.  The two specialist sommelier/restaurateur events – one in Edinburgh and one in London – were both amazing.  For the first time, every single Michelin starred restaurant in Edinburgh was represented at the Scottish event.  In London, Matthew took over an entire restaurant (Lorne Restaurant) to cope with the record numbers of elite wine-specialist staff attending.  A firm fixture on the sommelier circuit, these intricately planned and executed tastings/lunches are paying off with more and more fine Australian wine listings being registered on all styles of wine list across the country.  This cornerstone of 100 Best is vital and feedback back from UK Agents, whose wines have been featured in these events, is extremely encouraging.


The 100 Best Australian Wines Report is available to download on in ‘digital’ pdf form (the Membership cost is £60 per year and this includes all of Matthew’s wine writing including his annual Bordeaux En Primeur, Burgundy En Primeur and Piemonte Reports).  Matthew launched his digital 100 Best Australian Wines Report in 2016 and it has been downloaded thousands of times to 28 countries in the world.  Designed to support mobile devices, with links to supplier websites, there are spaces for readers to take notes on their phone or tablet.  To make the most of these features consumers can open it using Adobe’s excellent Acrobat Reader mobile app which is available free for all major platforms.  If you attend any of Matthew’s 100 Best Roadshow events tasters will be given a ‘physical’ 100 Best Report booklet (29000 word, 72 pages), as part of their tasting experience.


It goes without saying that every wine listed in 100 Best has won its place by gaining immense scores in Matthew’s notes and it has been confirmed by the UK agents that they all have sufficient stock to warrant a listing in this body of work.  My advice is to act swiftly if you would like to buy any of these wines because some of them are made in tiny quantities.  As always, these are the only criteria for inclusion.