Hi Wine Lover! 

At the Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show, we have almost 100 wine exhibitors and over 600 different wines available for tasting! This can sometimes be a bit overwhelming so I’ve put together a few of my favourite picks from the show that I think you shouldn’t miss.

I’ll be hosting various free-to-attend wine tasting sessions in the Riedel Drinks Lab throughout the day, covering topics from The Art of Blending to The Best Bubbles for a Sunday Morning so come and join me in a session for a good place to start (or end) your day. I might even teach you a thing or two!

So, whether you like Rosé or Chardonnay, Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon here’s a hit list of some of the ones to try and buy.

See you at the show!

Nick Ryan – Resident Wine Expert in The Riedel Drinks Lab

If you’re looking for your new favourite Rosé for this summer you really need to taste:

  • Kay Brothers  – McLaren Vale
    2018 Grenache Rose
  • Elderton Wines – Barossa Experience
    2018 Barossa Rosé
  • De Bortoli Wines
    2018 Rosé
  • Cape Mentelle
    2017 Cape Mentelle Rosé

If you have a penchant for the exciting world of Italian varietals that are making waves in Australian winemaking circles head for:

  • Pizzini Wines
    Don’t miss out on their Pinot Grigio, Arneis, Prosecco, Sangiovese and Nebbiolo.
  • Dell‘Uva – Barossa Experience
    Think you know all the red wine varietals? Think again – the wackiest wines you’ll see at the show. Choose from Gungellan, Carmenere and Aglianico plus many more.
  • Zonte’s Footsteps
    One of my local heroes not far from my home in SA, simple and elegant wines reflecting a sense of place. A must try.
  • Wine Selectors
    Cases of wines curated to please each individual palate. The wine panel are epic – drop by and meet them at the show.

If you’re a lover of the big bold reds you must of course swing by:

  • Majella Wines
    For some amazing Cabernet.
  • The Barossa Experience
    Check out Soul Growers, Hentley Farm and Gibson for some real crackers.
  • Warrabilla and Terrazas de los Andes
    If Malbec is your favourite big red make sure you check these two at the show.

On the hunt for Chardonnay? Be sure to visit the following stands to give you a great selection of different styles from all over Oz.

  • Cape Mentelle
    2016 Cape Mentelle Chardonnay
  • Helen & Joey Estate
    2015 Layla Chardonnay
  • Hollick Estate
    2015 Bond Road Chardonnay
  • DogRidge
    2017 Butterfingers Chardonnay


Nick Ryan is a wine writer for The Australian, GQ, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Wine Business Monthly and many more publications, plus MC of the Riedel Drinks Lab at the  Good Food & Wine Show 2019.