Wine Ark, Australia’s largest wine storage provider and retailer of vintage wines, has released its report card on the wine cellars of Australia – Australia’s Most Collected Wines 2019 – with Penfolds Grange reclaiming first place as the most collected wine in the country.
Wine Ark’s Most Collected Wines is a survey of the Wine Ark cellars, which hold two million bottles of wine in climate-controlled conditions for thousands of collectors.
The list of the 50 most collected wines was first released in 2006 and is the only report of its kind in the country that measures the cellars of Australian wine collectors.
John Cuff, CEO of Wine Ark, said, “Due to the number of bottles in the count, it takes a large change to shift wines in the Top 10. The rise of Penfolds Grange to be the most collected wine in Australia, which is also one of the country’s most expensive wines, again emphasises the importance of this iconic wine to Australian wine collectors”.
It was though not all good news for Penfolds and other well-established wineries. “We are seeing a big shift away from large wineries. The popularity of old cellar staples of Penfolds, Wynns and Lindemans is generally falling while a new breed of wineries is rising quickly. These include Tyrrell’s, Rockford, Turkey Flat and Tolpuddle Vineyard.
“What must be concerning for Penfolds and its owner Treasury Wine Estates is the fact that of their 13 wines in the Top 50, all but two have moved down,” continued Mr Cuff.
One other big change in Australian wine cellars has been the explosion in interest for
Tasmanian wines up by an impressive 175%.
Tasmania’s Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir moved up 101 places to enter the top 50, again showing the increased interest by collectors in premium wines from small wineries.
“We are very excited that Tolpuddle Vineyard is moving up Wine Arks Collectors’ Hit Parade,” said Michael Hill-Smith AW MW
”When we bought the property in 2011 we believed that Tolpuddle Vineyard had the potential to be one of Australia’s great single vineyards. Tolpuddle is a special vineyard making small quantities of highly acclaimed individual wines from an interesting place. You can understand our excitement.”
Summing up John Cuff said, “While wines from the Barossa Valley are always popular, it is still clear that there is a distinct move in Australia’s wine cellar toward more elegant, cool climate wines from small winemakers.”
A quick snapshot of Wine Ark’s list of Australia’s Most Collected Wines 2019: