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The WINEFRONT is rigorously independent.

The WINEFRONT accepts wine-related advertising but does not accept advertising from wineries and never will. This distinguishes The WINEFRONT from almost all other commercial wine publishing.

The WINEFRONT does not sell wine in any way.

The WINEFRONT is Australia’s most active review site for consumers.

The WINEFRONT aims to be accurate and up-to-date. Unbiased, without inflation, as we see it.

The WINEFRONT is a subscriber-only service and has been since it started in 2002. It’s run by Campbell Mattinson, Gary Walsh and Mike Bennie.
Each year thousands of new wine reviews and comments are published on the site. Wines are given a score out of 100 and a ‘best drinking’ window. All past reviews, articles and comments remain on the site and can be accessed by subscribers (only).

The WINEFRONT has never and will never run an “advertorial”. All approaches along these lines are either sneered at or laughed out of town, depending on our mood.

All wines are treated the same, regardless of whether the producer of the wine subscribes to the site or not.

All wines are reviewed free of any charge to the winery.

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About the publishers of The WINEFRONT:

campbell-pre-tob-2016CAMPBELL MATTINSON
Founder The Winefront // Ex Editor Halliday Magazine // Halliday reviewer // Journo 30 yrs // Ex Editor Australian Sommelier Magazine // winner Best Australian Sports Writing Award 1996 // twice winner Wine Press Club Wine Communicator Award // winner Chairman’s Award International Louis Roederer Wine Media Awards // author 3 editions Big Red Wine Book // author Wine Hunter // winner Best Regional Film St Kilda Film Festival // Youtube Channel // Author We Were Not Men

See: www.campbellmattinson.com
Instagram: @campbell.mattinson


Was the publisher of the successful internet review site www.winorama.com.au, is the former wine editor for Inside Out Magazine and is currently co-publisher of Australia’s most active subscription based wine review website – www.winefront.com.au – proudly independent since 2002. He has a philosophy (if you could call it anything so lofty) of reviewing wine with levity and a light heart, but a firm hand. Over twenty something years of obsessive wine tasting, he thinks, gives him some sort of excuse for being published. He’s also co-author of the previous two editions of The Big Red Wine Book (Hardie Grant Publishers), a regular judge at the West Australian Good Food and Wine Awards (WAGFG), something of a specialist on the wines of Piedmont, and likes to write about himself in the third person. He’s a great guy.

Instagram: @garywalsh


Mike Bennie is a freelance wine and drinks writer and journalist, wine judge and presenter based in Sydney, Australia. Mike is the Editor-At-Large and contributor to the highly respected online wine commentary website WineFront.com.au and a columnist/feature writer for benchmark publication Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine. He is currently wine/drinks editor for delicious. magazine and his work has also appeared in Sun-Herald Style Magazine, Time Out Magazine Sydney and Melbourne, Sydney Morning Herald/The Age’s Good Food section, Men’s Style magazine, Women’s Health, Wine Business Magazine Australia, Broadsheet, Meininger’s Wine Business International magazine (Europe), Harper’s Wine & Spirits (UK), Decanter (UK) amongst other publications. Mike has also been a wine judge in Australia and overseas, and a graduate of the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial. Mike was named Wine Communicator’s of Australia Digital Wine Communicator of the Year 2013. Mike and friends established and co-direct Rootstock Sydney, Australia’s first sustainable and artisan wine and produce fair. He is a regular presenter at public and industry events, and between travels to exotic vineyards around the world, enjoys long walks on the beach with a bottle of wine in his hand.

*Disclaimer: Mike Bennie is co-founder and co-owner of a packaged liquor (wine, beer, spirits) bottle shop in Sydney’s Inner West, P&V Wine and Liquor Merchants (established December 2017). Ideally, wines reviewed by Mike Bennie will not be sold by this business.

Instagram: mikebennie101


Kasia came to Sydney almost 10 years ago and fell in love with wine. She was looking for an engineering job as per her background but stumbled upon a few restaurant roles requiring the service of fermented grape juice. She thought it was not far from the environmental protection she studied, given all the biology and chemistry involved, and also fun. So it stuck and became a passion quickly. Now, she has classical wine knowledge with a WSET Diploma and Certified Sommelier exams under her belt. Kasia’s work and focus grow exponentially every year, with recent contributions to WA Good Food Guide wine judging, taking a finalist spot at New Zealand’s Family of XII tutorial and teaching WSET courses. Her experience encompasses work within the IT industry, digital media, social media and events. Moreover, Kasia is deeply interested in wines of Eastern Europe where she comes from. Loves dill pickles, naturally. Na zdrowie!

Instagram: @kasia.sobiesiak


Curly has spent 25 years working in various consumer facing positions within the drinks industry; retail, hospitality, cellar door, events and education. A moment of impressive WSET academic success lead to the Vintners Bursary trip to Tasmania which changed her life.

Ten years on, she has moved to Tasmania and established Vintage Tasmania, an umbrella business which allows her to have a platform to focus on wine and spirits education, agri-tourism, inclusivity in the wine industry and children’s food literacy skills.

2019 brought nominations from the International Wine and Spirit Competition for International Wine Communicator of the Year and The Julian Brindles Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Wine Industry.

She is currently preparing herself for embarking on the Master of Wine journey. At present this involves designing and building a tiny home and daily Spanish study sessions..


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    The WINEFRONT has been a leading wine review and information site since 2002. It was the first of its kind in Australia and remains the most active. It is unbiased, unaligned, rigorously independent, realistic and fair. We cover Australian wine principally but we extend coverage across the wider world of wine. We taste in a global context, and call things as we see them. The WINEFRONT is run by Campbell Mattinson, Gary Walsh and Mike Bennie. A full history of reviews and articles is available to subscribers via the WINE SEARCH tab.

    We at The Wine Front acknowledge the Traditional Custodians, and Elders past, present and future, of the lands on which I\we work and live, and further acknowledge, thank and pay respect to the Traditional Custodians of the land of the multitude of Aboriginal countries across Australia from which so much of our work emerges from.