About The Australian Wine Guide

Not just the usual wine book full of tasting notes


The Australian Wine Guide 7th edition covers types and styles of wine, wine production, sensory evaluation, wine and food matching, wine storage and service. It teaches you about developing your palate, interpreting a wine label and about imported wine. Chapter five is an in-depth look at over 60 Australian wine regions. The Australian Wine Guide is a whole wine course in a book. Ideal for all types of students and hobbyists.


Countless wines were tasted in putting the latest edition together.

Each grape variety and region has a sample list of wines that have been awarded entry into the guide after an extensive wine review process; making it essential reading before your next visit to a wine region, bottle shop or online wine auction.

Reviews Of Our Previous Editions

“This is not a guide in the usual meaning of the word, as in a book full of tasting notes. It’s a general introduction to wine, it’s 272 pages leading through grape growing, winemaking, tasting, grape varieties, regions and styles, serving and storing wine and wine and food pairing. It is comprehensive, easy to read, packed with information and takes a global view”

Huon Hooke, Good Living, Sydney Morning Herald

“Clive Hartley has come up with a valuable and consumer friendly book”

Jeff Collerson, The Sun Herald

“The book contains an immense amount of information, augmented by a strong photographic content and clear maps”

James Halliday, The Australian

“The Australian Wine Guide 5th Edition is a great read. In terms of the level of knowledge that we want to achieve with the average team member, this is it! We see this potentially as a handy tool to upgrade their wine knowledge in a rather short and structured period of time. Congratulations, a great book!”

Koert Grobler, National Training Manager, Vintage Cellars


“I love wine books. I love reading them and collecting them. I really enjoyed reading this one. It was easy to read and follow, comprehensive, entertaining, written in Plain English and is authoritative regarding all things to do with Australian wine.”

 Paul Ippolito, wine writer

“In the course of my working life I taste and score thousands of wines and this knowledge allows me to confidently recommend wines to you. I’d encourage you to go out and visit our glorious Australian wine regions and use the guide as a way of focusing your visit to maximize your time. Don’t miss the recommended wineries on your next visit!”

Clive Hartley

Attention Wine Producers

Samples now being called for inclusion on this website

If you would like to submit samples for consideration in the Australian Wine Guide as well as reviews on this website please use the form below or contact Clive Hartley on the following email address: [email protected]