Reviews, Awards, Articles and Updates


2018 Heathcote Wine and Food Festival

2016 Burke & Wills Vat 1 Won the Open Shiraz Section 2018, Heathcote Wine Appreciation Group.

2018 Saint Martin Heathcote Wine Show

Silver Medal 2016 Burke & Wills Vat 1 Shiraz, Silver Medal 2013 Burke & Wills Vat 2 Shiraz, Silver Medal 2015 Burke & Wills Vat 2 Shiraz, Silver Medal 2015 Burke and Wills Aristocrat, Bronze Medal 2013 Burke & Wills Camp 5 Blend, Bronze Medal 2017 Burke & Wills Gewurztraminer, Bronze Medal 2018 Burke & Wills Gewurztraminer.


WineHunters 2017 Wines of the Year

2012 Burke & Wills Vat 2 Their quote: "Burke & Wills Winery Vat 2 2012 Shiraz. One of the best Shirazes in Heathcote, and that's saying a lot (Heathcote arguably produces the best shiraz in Australia). Vanilla, subdued raspberry, just the right amount of light pepper. Ample weight but super smooth. A paragon Heathcote Shiraz. Vat 1 took home the big trophy, but it was Vat 2 we couldn't get enough of. $28"

2017 Victorian Wine Show

2015 Burke & Wills Vat 1 received the inaugural Premiers's Trophy for Best Victorian Wine.

2017 Saint Martin Heathcote Wine Show

2015 Burke & Wills Vat 1 received 4 Trophies, Best Young Shiraz, Best Single Vineyard Wine, Best Heathcote Produced Wine and then The Tonnellerie Saint Martin Trophy for Best Shiraz. Numerous other medals awarded for our other wines.

2017 Halliday Wine Companion

Burke & Wills Winery was rated a 4 star winery and amongst the wines he rated our 2015 Gewurztraminer at 94 points, the 2014 Vat 1 Shiraz at 94 points, the 2013 Aristocrat at 94 points and the 2012 Vat 2 Shiraz at 91 points.


2016 Saint Martin Heathcote Wine Show

Gold medal 2015 Vat 1 Shiraz, Silver medal and top Viognier in the show for the 2014 Dig Tree and Bronze medals for 2015 Mr Burke's Favourite Big Red and 2013 Vat 2 Shiraz.

2016 Halliday Wine Companion

Burke & Wills Winery was rated as 4 1/2 star winery. Amongst the wines he awarded the 2013 Vat 1 Shiraz 95 points, and quoted it as 'Heathcote at its best'.

2016 Halliday Magazine Jun/Jul 2016

2015 Burke & Wills Mia Mia Heathcote Gewurztraminer. 94 points, and a lovely review.


Heathcote Wine Show results

Saturday July 31st 2015 ...
Burke & Wills Winery was the second most successful exhibitor at the 2015 Saint Martin Heathcote Wine Show (Chairman of judges Tim Kirk of Clonakilla Winery), winning nine medals across the range of wines, including Burke & Wills 2015 Gewurztraminer and 2013 Shiraz, both Vat 1 and Vat 2, Mr. Burke's Favourite Big Red (Shiraz) 2014, Dig Tree Viognier 2014, Dig Tree Merlot 2012, Dig Tree Cabernets 2012 and a gold medal for Burke & Wills The Aristocrat Cabernet Merlot 2013.

A New Vineyard 2016

Ten to eleven years on from the original planting we finally put in another two thirds of an acre here at the winery to bring the vineyard up to four acres. We plant by the moon, having had great success with that in the past, so as we were at Maldon Folk Fesitval for the Oct full moon we had to plant in late Nov and finally on Dec 26th and 27 2016!
We planted more Gewurztraminer because it is so good here, and Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet franc so we can be self sufficient with the grapes for our Bordeaux style blend, The Aristocrat which also contains our Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

And a little of the earlier years....

2012 - Burke & Wills Winery was rated as one of that years "10 Dark Horses" in James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion, and noted Andrew as a "veteran warrior of boutique winemaking". 94 points - Gewurztraminer, 94 points - Camp 5 Shiraz.

Daylesford Wine Show 2006 - Burke & Wills Winery's 2005 Pattison Family Reserve Pinot won the Mercato Trophy for best Pinot Noir.

Macedon Ranges Wine Exhibition 2003 - Andrew Pattison's 2001 Pattison Reserve French Oak Shiraz carried off both the Best Red Wine Trophy and Best Wine Of Show (The Lawrie Williams Trophy) with James Halliday chairing the judging panel. Andrew also picked up seven other silver and bronze medals, including the third silver for Pattison 2001 Cabernet Merlot and the second silver for Lancefield White Heather unoaked Chardonnay.