Barolo, Geelong

One of Italy’s most prestigious wine regions often referred to as “the Burgundy of Italy”. The now DOCG status region is renowned for producing some of Italy's finest red wines from 100% Nebbiolo.

The appellation of Barolo is located in the south of the state of Piedmont in the very north-west of Italy. The town of Barolo for which the region is named is located in the Monferrato foothills, which are a set of picturesque rolling hillsides and bordered to the north and west by the Tanaro River. The whole region sits about half-way between the major port of north-west Italy, Genoa to the south-east, and capital city Turin to the north-west. The heart of the Barolo vineyard zone, established in 1896, covers the parishes of Castiglione Falletto, Monforte d’Alba, La Morra, Serralunga d’Alba and Barolo itself, and is supplemented by parts of the townships of Novello, Verduno and Grinzane Cavour, added in 1934 to the official regional classification, and then by Diano d’Alba, Cherasco and Roddi added in 1966.

The wines made are typically fragrant and tannic with a depth of flavour and finesse like no other earning them the coveted title of ‘the King of Wines’ for centuries. Winemaking practices vary within the defined methods that the DOCG allows but there is a distinct modern and traditional divide in preferred styles.

The region has two major soil types - a sandy Tortonian marl producing a softer wine and a Helvetian sandstone clay that is known for a more robust style. The continental climate, with a long summer and late autumn enables the fickle grape to reach the perfect ripeness to create these stunning wines.

Records show that Nebbiolo has been grown in Piedmont since at least the 13th century, though despite this long history and the high quality of the wines it can produce, it is not grown in many other wine regions. For the grape grower and winemaker, making great wine out of Nebbiolo is a balancing act; it naturally possesses an incredibly high amount of acidity, and the thick skins transfer a huge amount of thick, chalky tannins into the wine. Balancing these two elements, as well as enticing out the enchanting ‘tar and roses’ notes from the grapes is the key to good Nebbiolo.
The wine regions surrounding the town of Geelong are varied and diverse, from the subregions of the Surf Coast and Otways to the Bellarine Peninsula and Moorabool Valley.

Historically, Geelong was the largest grape-growing region in Victoria (in the 1800s) and in more recent times has undergone somewhat of a renaissance. In the last few decades, winemakers have been rediscovering the rich soils and a climate that is somewhere (some say halfway) between France's Bordeaux and Burgundy regions.

The region is known for boutique, family owned winegrowers producing quality hand crafted wines, more so than any bigger winery operations. Varietally speaking, Geelong is renowned for its superior Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Whilst these 3 are the staple of most winegrowers and makers, the more adventurous have been known to grow and make Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Merlot and even some of the more left-field types like Primitivo, Gamay, Carmenere and Langrein.
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  1. PROVENANCE GEELONG GOLDEN PLAINS PINOT NOIR 2018
    2019 Best Value Winery of the Year: James Halliday's Wine Companion, 94 points. "'Scott Ireland is the man behind Provenance, a wine brand based in southern Victoria’s Geelong. Ireland was the winemaker at prominent Geelong district winery, Austin’s of Barrabool, ... Learn More
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    Tyson Stelzer
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  2. Bannockburn 1314 A.D. Pinot Noir 2018
    For those new to the story, the 1314 is an early-drinking version of Pinot from Bannockburn's Ann's Block--a site that also feeds Bannockburn's Pinot Noir proper. Dark cherry fruit flavours on the medium bodied palate. A vibrant punchy texture with subtle, ... Learn More
  3. BROWN MAGPIE 'SINGLE VINEYARD' PINOT NOIR 2018
    Another award winning Pinot Noir from boutique 5 star winery, Brown Magpie. WINNER; Best Geelong Pinot Noir, Real Review Panel 2020 A lifted bouquet of spicy, musk, cherries and raspberries. There are now some strong bottle development characters appearing of forest floor ... Learn More
  4. Bannockburn Shiraz 2017
    Stelvin. Bannockburn's Shiraz is drawn predominately from vines in the south-facing Winery Block (planted in 1990), along with some fruit from the Range Road site (planted in 1974) and some declassified De La Roche. All sites possess soils of mainly volcanic scoria ... Learn More
  5. FARR RISING PINOT NOIR 2017
    The fruit is hand harvested, and then sorted in the vineyard. The fruit is fermented in an open-top fermenter, and an average 60 to 70 per cent of it is destemmed. The wine is placed in 20 to 30 per cent new Allier barrels ... Learn More
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  6. GD VAJRA BARBERA D'ALBA 2018
    Totally opaque black dark red core with a bright deep purple red hue. A fragrant nose of ripe, freshly crushed berries combines with hints of violets, subtle liquorice, inky earth and spice scents. Juicy and vibrant the palate is filled ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  7. Bannockburn De La Roche Shiraz 2017
    Stelvin. Planted in 2007, this 0.8-hectare vineyard is littered with volcanic rocks (hence the name) and lies on the plateau above the De La Terre slope—essentially making it a westerly extension of the Serré vineyard. It was originally planted with ... Learn More
  8. Bannockburn De La Terre Pinot Noir 2018
    Stelvin. De La Terre is a beautiful, sloping vineyard that was planted in 2007 to 10,000 vines per hectare. This density is still very rare in an Australian setting, and results in a natural yield of around 500 grams per vine or less ( ... Learn More
  9. BANNOCKBURN GEELONG PINOT NOIR 2017
    Bannockburn's vision has always been to produce Australian wine of a quality to emulate the great wines of France, in particular the great Burgundies. The nose shows aromas of dark berry fruits, spice and oak. Spicy, savoury, cherry flavours and ... Learn More
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    Tyson Stelzer
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  10. Bannockburn Chardonnay 2019
    Whole bunch pressed, settled overnight and then wild fermented in French oak hogsheads and puncheons (20% new) 10 months on lees, about 60% went through malo-lactic fermentation, no stirring before bottling late January 2020 A core of fresh citrus acids, stone fruits and subtle ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday
  11. Bannockburn Chardonnay 2018
    Whole bunch pressed, settled overnight and then wild fermented in French oak hogsheads and puncheons (20%new). 12 months on lees, partial malo-lactic fermentation, no stirring before bottling in January 2019. A core of fresh citrus acids, stone fruits and subtle winemaking inputs ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  12. BANNOCKBURN PINOT NOIR 2018
    Bannockburn's vision has always been to produce Australian wine of a quality to emulate the great wines of France, in particular the great Burgundies. The nose shows aromas of dark berry fruits, spice and oak. Spicy, savoury, cherry flavours and ... Learn More
  13. BY FARR VIOGNIER 2019
    Viognier is foot stomped and left for two or more hours on its skins to extract the phenols, flavour and texture. The fruit is then pressed, cooled and put straight into barrel with all solids for a natural fermentation. Gentle ... Learn More
    BY FARR VIOGNIER 2019
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  14. BY FARR SHIRAZ 2018
    ‘The Shiraz fruit comes from the original By Farr vineyard, planted in 1994. It lies on a north-facing slope, and the red volcanic soil has a base of limestone with deep-set sandstone. All fruit is hand-picked from the VSP trellising, with 20 ... Learn More
    BY FARR SHIRAZ 2018
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  15. LINNAEA VINEYARDS 'TRIFULAU' DOCG BAROLO 2012
    Linnaea Vineyards is not your typical wine producer. Born of the intense passion of Michelle Edwards and Daniel Fischl. Daniel is an Australian born winemaker of the highest acclaim, while Michelle is a Californian Agricultural Scientist of international accolade. These ... Learn More
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  16. BY FARR ‘THREE OAKS’ CHARDONNAY 2016
    By Farr wines are produced from only estate grown fruit. Each of the wines are from single vineyards. Showing a fleshy, minerally nose with fruit and integrated French oak but almost dominated by the soil characteristics and vintage freshness. The ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  17. Bannockburn Museum Release Chardonnay 2004
    Whole bunch pressed, wild fermented in 225 litre French oak barrels (predominantly Damy, 33% new). 12 months élevage, regular stirring of lees. Full malolactic fermentation. Bottled in February, 2005. The relatively mild 2004 growing season at Bannockburn has produced elegant wines with classic varietal fruits ... Learn More
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  18. Bannockburn S.R.H. Chardonnay 2016
    Followers of Bannockburn will know that S.R.H. comes off the oldest, lowest-yielding Chardonnay vines in the Olive Tree Hill vineyard and is named in recognition of Bannockburn's founder, Stuart Reginald Hooper. These twelve rows of 40-year-old vines are ... Learn More
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  19. BY FARR 'FARRSIDE' PINOT NOIR 2018
    Voted #1 out of 23 PInot NOirs from Geelong by critic Huon Hooke. Farrside, with each vintage continues to show more masculinity, structure and savoury components than the other two Pinots. Deep meaty, spicy and mineral are the flavours which continue to ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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  20. BY FARR 'SANGREAL' PINOT NOIR 2018
    Each year the same descriptive notes come to mind for this wine: seductive, perfumed, seamless balance and moreish. It is a site that wavers very little in more difficult vintages and excels in the great ones—this is the backbone ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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  21. BY FARR CHARDONNAY 2019
    The wine has a great fruit expression that is well integrated with French oak. The soil characteristics have come through in the style of wine we have today. The palate is fine but firm, with great acidity, texture and length. ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  22. BY FARR 'FARRSIDE' PINOT NOIR 2017
    Farrside, with each vintage continues to show more masculinity, structure and savoury components than the other two Pinots. Deep meaty, spicy and mineral are the flavours which continue to evolve Farrside as a site and wine. A balanced array of ... Learn More
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  23. Bannockburn S.R.H. Chardonnay 2017
    Stelvin. Followers of Bannockburn will know that S.R.H. comes off the oldest, lowest-yielding Chardonnay vines in the Olive Tree Hill vineyard and is named in recognition of Bannockburn’s founder, Stuart Reginald Hooper. These twelve rows of 45-year-old ... Learn More
  24. Ascheri Barolo 2015
    Dottore (Doctor) Matteo Ascheri is not only the 5th generation owner and winemaker of his family estate (established 1880), he also runs a 4 star resort and traditional 'Osteria' (restaurant) next to the winery in Bra. In addition to this, Matteo is ... Learn More
    Ascheri Barolo 2015
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    Mark Faber
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    Wine Spectator
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  25. PRINCIPIANO FERDINANDO BAROLO SERRALUNGA 2012
    Classic floral rose petal aromas alongside ripe red fruit and spices. The palate is warm and displays ripe fruit. Richly tannic but with enough softness to be drunk young. Great Nebbiolo. Fantastic value Barolo from a quality focused natural wine ... Learn More
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  26. LINNAEA VINEYARDS 'TRIFULAU' DOCG BAROLO 2013
    Linnaea Vineyards is not your typical wine producer. Born of the intense passion of Michelle Edwards and Daniel Fischl. Daniel is an Australian born winemaker of the highest acclaim, while Michelle is a Californian Agricultural Scientist of international accolade. These ... Learn More
  27. Bannockburn 'Serre' Pinot Noir 2017
    This Serré is exceptional for its deep colour, real palate weight and structure The nose is rich in the classic sappy, meaty, licoricey and spicy personality. The layered fruit is impressively sweet, textured and balanced. Bannockburn's Serré vineyard was planted ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  28. ODDERO BAROLO CLASSICO 2015
    The wines coming from the different vineyards are aged separately in 40, 60 and 75 –hectolitre Slavonian and Austrian oak barrels for 30 months. The wines are blended in the spring, then bottled at the end of the summer and aged in the bottle ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  29. BANNOCKBURN 'SERRE' PINOT NOIR 2013
    This Serré is exceptional for its deep colour, real palate weight and structure The nose is rich in the classic sappy, meaty, licoricey and spicy personality. The layered fruit is impressively sweet, textured and balanced. Bannockburn's Serré vineyard was planted ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Campbell Mattinson
  30. Bannockburn 'Serre' Pinot Noir 2018
    Stelvin. The iconic Serré vineyard is a 1.2-hectares of vines planted in 1984 and 1986, exclusively to the MV6 clone. The site has volcanic top-soils, with darker clay over weathered basalt and limestone clay. It’s an organically managed and low-cropping site ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  31. GIOVANNI ROSSO BAROLO DEL COMUNE DI SERRALUNGA 2016
    AROMA Fine and deep, introduced by Mediterranean citrusy sensations, followed by violet, bergamot, wet stones, forest leaves and elegant hints of white pepper. PALATE Juicy; progressive delicate tannins and vibrant acidity. Neat and savoury finish. ... Learn More
  32. GD VAJRA BAROLO ‘ALBE’ 2014
    Albe is a tribute to the masters of the 1950s and 60s, to those winemakers who had the vision and the taste to blend some of the most amazing crus in order to achieve a Barolo of balance and charm. ... Learn More
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    Monica Larner
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    Antonio Galloni
  33. VIETTI BAROLO CASTIGLIONE 2015
    The grapes are selected from small vineyards spread in the Barolo region. The vines are between 8 and 41 years old, planted in a clay-limestone soil. Plants are trained with guyot method, with an average density of roughly 4500 units per hectare. All ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    Antonio Galloni
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  34. MASSOLINO BAROLO 2015
    First produced in 1911, the fruit for Massolino's classic cuvée is selected from seven sites (inc. Briccolina, Collaretto, Broglio and Le Turne), representing roughly seven hectares of prime-sited Serralunga vineyards. The oldest vines that feed this bottling are 55 years old ( ... Learn More
    MASSOLINO BAROLO 2015
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    The Wine Advocate
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    Antonio Galloni
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  35. MASSOLINO BAROLO 2016
    First produced in 1911, the fruit for Massolino’s classic cuvée is selected from seven sites across roughly seven hectares of prime-sited Serralunga vineyards. The most important of these sites—Briccolina, Collareto, Broglio and Le Turne—are dotted around the ... Learn More
    MASSOLINO BAROLO 2016
    $105.00 Per item
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    The Wine Advocate
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    Gary Walsh
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  36. GD VAJRA BAROLO ‘ALBE’ 2016
    Albe is a tribute to the masters of the 1950s and 60s, to those winemakers who had the vision and the taste to blend some of the most amazing crus in order to achieve a Barolo of balance and charm. ... Learn More
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    Monica Larner
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    Gary Walsh
  37. CASCINA FONTANA BAROLO 2013
    "A blend of Castiglione Falletto and some La Morra this year. I just love 2013: it’s the gift that keeps on giving. I bought three of this, and three of the new Comune di Castiglione Falletto. In terms of style, ... Learn More
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  38. BY FARR 'GC COTE VINEYARD' CHARDONNAY 2016
    By Farr wines are produced from only estate grown fruit. Each of the wines are from single vineyards. Lifted nose with white peach, floral & herbal notes balanced with butterscotch and light toast. A well balanced, rich and generous palate. Wonderful ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  39. BY FARR 'TOUT PRES' PINOT NOIR 2016
    Grown on a "very close" planted and now distinguished vineyard. "Integrated and intriguingly complex on the nose. Really want to dive in. Where the RP's pure fruit leads the way, Tout Près is a true bouquet - rose petals, ... Learn More
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  40. BY FARR 'RP COTE' PINOT NOIR 2016
    The fruit is hand-picked and sorted in the vineyard, then fermented in an open-top fermenter. Between 40 to 50 per cent of the fruit will be stemmed and then cold soaked for four days. We use only the natural yeast for the ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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