We Invite You to Travel the World, One Wine at a Time.
Handpicked is a contemporary and dynamic Australian wine company with a unique business model. Unlike most wineries, we do not limit ourselves to one region or style. Instead we aim to lead wine lovers on a journey through the world’s fine wine regions. We invite you to travel the world, one wine at a time…
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?
Curating Wines From Around The World
The Handpicked story grew from the simple, yet bold desire to bring the world of wine under one label. We 'handpick' the wine regions and grape varieties from around Australia and beyond to craft a global portfolio of wines which all reflect a supreme sense of place.
A Team of Wine Experts
Handpicked is made up of a team of experienced winemakers, viticulturalists and wine lovers. Making wines across the world means our winemakers are constantly busy travelling to ensure we produce the highest quality wines from each and every region.
How We Do It?
It's a bold idea, but it works!
We achieve this diverse portfolio through our vineyards in Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley, Margaret River and Barossa Valley and through established partnerships with vignerons in other regions. Our two winemakers work closely with local producers to ensure our wines reflect the quality and regional character we are looking for.
HANDPICKED'S WINE REGIONS
Our mission is to bring the world of wine under one label and make it easily accessible for you.
Follow our journey.
- 21WINE REGIONS
- 1URBAN CELLAR DOOR
Director of Winemaking
Pete Dillon spends his days amongst the Handpicked vines and within the winery. His job is a little more unusual when compared with other Australian winemakers who mostly work within one region.
While he lives in Mornington Peninsula with his family, he travels weekly to Handpicked regions throughout Australia and beyond. Some weeks he will cover 3-4 regions in 5 days and needless to say, it’s his passion for high quality winemaking and travel that pushed him into this unconventional and challenging role.
Prior to Mornington, Pete was based in Western Australia, where he spent years working as a winemaker with Accolade Wines, as well as with Larry Cherubino. Pete has over 20 years’ industry experience, and is a qualified wine judge. He brings a wealth of technical skill, management experience and passion to the Handpicked team.
Although we don’t know where he found the time, Pete was also one of 12 wine industry specialists across Australia to be selected to take part in the prestigious 2016 Len Evans Tutorial.
Pete is passionate about making site-specific wines, and is currently building a new sustainable winery in Yarra Valley. In his (very limited) spare time, you can find him hanging out with his kids, fly fishing, or drinking Burgundy with his winemaker wife, Imogen.
Although winemaker’s hate to pick favourites, Pete gets pretty excited about making Pinot Noir.
As Handpicked's Assistant Winemaker, Jonathon is based out of Handpicked’s flagship Capella Vineyard in the Mornington Peninsula. Jonathon has a background in cooler climate regions with a formal education in Bachelor of Science (Wine Science of course!) from Charles Sturt University. Jonathon looks after the Capella winery but also overseeing the success of our award winning wines across all the fine wine regions of Australia. When he’s not making wine, Jonathon can be found hanging out with his winery dog, Berlin.
“I believe in a minimal intervention approach to winemaking. It is the winemaker’s job to produce wines with an enduring sense of place, something Handpicked truly believes in. Wine is made in the vineyard, if you can get that right everything else will follow from there.”
Viticulturalists and vineyard experts
Handpicked employs a team of experienced winemakers, viticulturists and wine lovers. Making wines across the world means our winemakers are constantly busy travelling to ensure we produce the highest quality wines from each and every region. You can find our team throughout our Handpicked vineyards pruning vines, mowing the grass, fermenting grapes or having a yarn about fishing, food and footy (AFL only - in Victoria!).
Carl and Sean (pictured) work out of the Capella vineyard on Mornington Peninsula, alongside our winemakers Peter and Jonathon.
THE REST OF US
Professional wine nerds
Working in wine is serious business! You can find the rest of our team at our urban cellar door or head office in Sydney. We are all driven by a joint passion for wine education, travel and non-conformity, and run off a strong work hard, play hard mentality. Want to work with us?Email us here
THE HANDPICKED PORTFOLIO
INTRODUCING OUR WINE RANGE
The Handpicked Wines portfolio carries a vast array of wine styles and varieties. Our focus is to lead you on a wine journey, bringing together a premium selection of wines from the world's best wine regions.
Your journey starts here…
Our Core Range EVERYDAY DRINKING • EXPLORATION
A collection of classic varieties grown in the earth that suits them best. Each wine is a reflection of its region and the season. The labels feature an abstract hand-print illustration designed to evoke the distinct personality of the country from which the wine originates.
Price Range: $24.99+VIEW RANGE
Our Premium Range SPECIAL OCCASIONS • GIFTING
A set of premium wines from hand-picked regions around Australia and New Zealand – each crafted to reflect a sense of place and exceptional character. The labels feature photographed objects collected from the region the wine was grown, each telling a story of the region’s distinct characteristics.
Price Range: $44.99 +VIEW RANGE
SINGLE VINEYARD COLLECTION
Limited Release CELLARING • RARE
These rare single vineyard wines are only released in the finest vintages from our carefully managed vineyards. The labels each feature a collection of objects from the vineyard where the wine was grown.
Price Range: $79.99 +VIEW RANGE
The Handpicked winemaking philosophy involves making wines of precision and elegance. To create great tasting wine, vineyards must be managed in a sustainable way. This is achieved through careful attention to detail, minimising chemical sprays and ensuring we have healthy, thriving vineyards.
You can find Handpicked represented across the travel industry in places such as Qantas Business Class Lounge, Australian Duty Free Stores, in mini bars in QT Hotels throughout Australia and in places such as W Hotel, Shangri La and Four Seasons across the world. If you’re lucky enough to fly Qantas first class, you’ll find our wine there too.
Handpicked Wines is committed to supporting creative industries in Australia. This means joining forces to collaborate with creative businesses we admire, or supporting creative events that benefit our community. Handpicked partners with a range of community-focused cultural events across the fields of art, fashion, theatre and design.
Some of our partners have included:
World Label Award Winner | Class 4: Flexi Wine/Spirits
Regional Selections | 2016 L9 World Label Awards
James Halliday Wine Companion 2016
5 Star Rated Winery | 2 Years in a Row
Double Gold Medal Winner | San Francisco International Wine Competition 2016
2013 Regional Selections Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon
City of Sydney Business Awards 2016| Imogen Hayes & Jeffrey Tan