Whether you pronounce 'chardonnay' with a silent H or not, you probably know someone who fancies themselves a wine connoisseur. We're spoilt for choice here in the lucky country, with Aussie winemakers producing some of the world's finest drops. Cosier writer Elese (that's me) has spent years selling the stuff of wine lovers' dreams. She draws on her background in bistro and kitchenware to put together our guide to top gifts for wine lovers in Australia.
For wine lovers who deserve a little R&R, we rate this Plush Pamper Pack from Sydneysiders Good Pair Days. Their tailored wine gift boxes include this Pamper Pack of 3 bottles of wine plus local goodies. Good Pair Days get props for supporting their Aussie mates with this box, including Hey Tiger Chocolate, Aceology face mask and frank body Coffee Scrub for maximum relaxation.
Take it outside
Cosier co-founder Daniel says “for me, the perfect accompaniment to that bottle of red is of course a great selection of cheese”. This Wine Holder Picnic Table by Sunshine Coast sellers Fifth Design is a triple-threat cheese platter, picnic table and wine holder in one. Each unique hardwood table packs down neatly for quick weekend picnic trips, and if you ask nicely, they'll even engrave it.
Smells like vino spirit
These Lillypilly Pottery Stemless Wine Cup Candles are beautiful, sustainable and delightfully scented, making ideal gifts for wine lovers who enjoy snuggling up with their favourite drop. Each handmade piece of pottery is filled with a soy & coconut candle. Wine lovers can get their candles refilled at the Melbourne Lillypilly studio, or opt for BYOW refills at home.
Save the spillage
Decanters might seem like overkill, but if you know a wine lover who's pretentious (sorry not sorry) and accident-prone, they're actually a practical gift. I've owned one of these Luigi Bormioli Vinoteque Decanters for years. These dishwasher-safe vino vessels are one of my favourite ways to make the most of a special bottle while preventing accidental topples from enthusiastic wine hands.
Publicly acceptable smuggling
These Sachi Insulated Wine Purses are a classy way to get wine from the bottle-o to the dinner party safely and in style. While they look like handbags, they cleverly hide insulation and a leak-proof lining so wine lovers don't have to cart their precious vino in a brown paper bag on the train. We like that they also have a zip pocket at the back for keys or phones.
Keep 'em cool
Ladies who sip
If there's a local, ethical way to get wine gifts delivered, our pick is this Women in Wine gift pack from Aussie wine experts Vinomofo. These legends raise a glass to women viticulturists, business owners and winemakers in an industry dominated by dudes. It contains 6 mixed bottles that showcase the brilliance of women winemakers.
The classier goon
There are few folks better qualified to suggest wine gift ideas than a women's rugby team during Victorian lockdown. Elese asked her teammates for their reckons, and A Glass Of came out on top. These Melburnians invite sommeliers from Australia's best restaurants to choose their fave wines, turning them into 200mL mini goons - basically, a glass of wine. With this pack, you get 5 glasses of curated wine.
Save yourself a glass
One of Cosier co-founder Sarah's fave wine gadgets is “a fancy wine stopper that seals the top of open champagne bottles”. These Vacu Vin Champagne Savers do just that, with a simple locking cap that minimizes oxidation to keep your bubbles sparkling. The handle opens and closes to keep champagne fresh. No wonder they're loved by restaurateurs and wine nerds the world over.
Bubbly in the bath
We love this Reclaimed Red Gum Bath Caddy for wine lovers whose ultimate pairing is with a bubble bath and a good book. These minimalist caddies can be customized to fit the length of any wine lovers' bathtub, or to include wine glass, tea light, or book holders. They're also handmade in Australia for a sustainable gift any vino enthusiast will love.
Natural Aussie skincare brand Jurlique first began in the Adelaide Hills, which is also one of the country's largest wine growing regions. Any wine drinker will feel pampered with this luxury gift hamper. Talk them into putting their feet up with a bottle of Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial, satin robe, silk eye mask, journal and local Jurlique skincare.
Perfect temp plonk
WMF is one of my favourite kitchenware brands, known for innovative German design and top quality, for well-made stuff they'll keep for a lifetime. This Clever & More wine thermometer makes an ideal gift for wine lovers fussy about serving their drop at the perfect temperature.
Cheese is an obvious go-to when it comes to wine lover gift ideas, and we rate these Local Australian Cheese & Wine Hampers by Melbourne fromager Milk the Cow. They'll receive a bottle of red or white wine, with four local Aussie cheeses, tasting notes, crackers and fig paste for a fancy picnic spread with friends (or just a treat-yourself night in front of the telly).
Those in the know will tell you proper wine glasses are underrated. Not only are they nicer to hold and drink from, but they also bring the best out of any wine. Riedel makes industry-standard glassware for serious wine lovers, and this set of Extreme Shiraz Wine Glasses are a great gift for fans of Aussie reds. If you're buying for a white wine aficionado, there's a Riesling version too.