McWilliam’s Wines is pleased to announce it has been named Winery of the Year by Matthew Jukes in his 100 Best Australian Wines.

As well as being named overall Winery of the Year, McWilliam’s had five wines feature in the Best 100 list, including two wines from the new Appellation series- the 2013 Appellation Chardonnay and 2013 Appellation Syrah. The 2007 Mount Pleasant Cellar Aged Elizabeth, 2012 Brand’s Laira “The Laira” Cabernet Sauvignon and 2012 McWilliam’s Hanwood Cabernet also secured a spot in the top 100.


Matthew’s annual list of the 100 Best Australian Wines is a keenly followed announcement and carries substantial prominence in the UK wine market.

With over 9 million Daily Mail readers a week, Matthew has the most keenly followed wine column in the UK. He also writes a weekly piece for MoneyWeek and occasionally for The Week, as well having authored a total of fourteen books.

In 2011 Matthew was voted the most influential wine writer in the UK by OLN and he has also won the highly prestigious International Wine & Spirits Competition’s Trophy for Wine Communicator of the Year.


McWilliam’s Chief Winemaker Jim Chatto attended the announcement in London on the 3rd of June and says that the results are a welcomed recognition of the hard work and talent of the whole McWilliam’s winemaking team.

“Matthew has long been a champion of great Australian wine, and the influence of his 100 Best Australian Wines is significant. We’re honoured to have received the award for Winery of the Year; it’s a great acknowledgement of the efforts of the whole winemaking team.

I am especially excited to see two of the new McWilliams ‘Appellation’ range wines recognised on debut, as these represent a focused commitment to what’s great about New South Wales wine, whilst setting the scene for the future of the McWilliams brand.”