The best wines to gift this Christmas, from chardonnay and Champagne to fiano and sangiovese


Western Australian wine editor Paul Edwards reveals his top five drops for Christmas gifts.

For more gift ideas, check out The West Australian’s 2022 Christmas gift guide, free in the West today.

The Christmas stocking

Amelia Park 2021 Trellis Chardonnay

Quite simply the best chardonnay on the market, this one ($18) is sophisticated and modern in style. Packed with flavors of almond, cashew, grapefruit and nectarine, it’s elegant and very impressive – perfect for a bottom load.

The Red

Grenache Swinney 2021 Frankland River

Grenache is Australia’s warmest red grape and Swinney is one of the best. From low-yielding, dry-grown bush vines, this medium-bodied ($45) red is elegant, yet ample and very complex – offering flavors of spice, plum, raspberry, graphite and violet. More than enough to satisfy the most demanding wine buffs.

The White

Mark 2022 fiano

A perfect introduction for anyone exploring alternative varieties, Marq wines are early pioneers of lesser-known varietals and over the years have perfected their style. Often compared to chardonnay, this fiano ($30) has classic bounty but is fresher and crisper with sumptuous nectarine flavors. Perfect with a Christmas seafood feast.

The wine lover’s wine

Sangiovese South by South West 2022

Italian varieties are finding their feet in Western Australia, with smart young growers like South by South by West. This bright red ($40) has all the bite and grip of premium Tuscan Sangiovese, with a light touch and a crisp, delicious, sun-blessed WA fruitiness.


Billecart-Salmon brut rosé with champagne decanter

This gift set ($399) is more than a little decadence for the champagne lover who has everything, Billecart-Salmon has adopted a sommelier-centric trend, treating premium champagne as a “still” wine. As such, they not only recommend drinking from larger tulip glasses, but also decanting before drinking, as the process helps release complex aromatics, and this set ($399) includes a stunning decanter that reflects the brand’s unique bottle shape.

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