Wine Lists

AFL-inspired wines for the 2020 Grand Final

By Eliza Campbell

22 Oct, 2020

Plan your viewing of Saturday's 2020 Grand Final with these AFL-inspired drops. 

Depending on where you are in the country right now, Saturday's AFL Grand Final might look like live action at the GABBA, an atmospheric viewing at a local pub or bar, or just watching the game at home. If it's the latter, we've put together a list of AFL-inspired wines that are the perfect accompaniment to an outdoor barbecue with friends, a seasonal antipasto platter or a classic meat pie on the couch. 
Hey Diddle Wines
The brain child of Port Adelaide players, Tom Jonas and Brad Ebert, the Barossa Valley winery has released their first vintage, showcasing classic regional flavours. Try the Super T – a blend of cabernet sauvignon, montepulciano and sangiovese – for a bold red with a twist. Find out more.

Mount Macedon Winery
Owned by Richmond player Dylan Grimes and his wife, Elisha, the Victorian estate produces cool-climate varieties such as pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot gris and sparkling wines. Find out more.

Hooker Wines 2019 Milestone Shiraz
To celebrate Cale Hooker's 200th game, Hooker Wines has released a special edition of its 2019 shiraz. The wine has classic Swan Valley fruit characters with soft oak undertones – perfect with a meat pie or slice of pizza. Find out more.

East End Wine Bar
This specialty wine bar and pizzeria is owned by Melbourne player, Max Gawn. Located in Melbourne’s Hawthorn area, the bar is currently closed for patrons but check out the online store for a range of local and international styles – plus curated six-packs if you’re looking to try something new. Find out more.

Calabria Family Wines Collingwood Wine
Collingwood Football Club's GSM has vibrant cherry hues, dense red cherries and strawberry hints on the bouquet with savoury flavours of green olive and sesame crackers. Pair the style with rich dishes like lamb ragu or barbecued meats. Find out more.

Austin’s Gary Ablett Jnr Limited Edition Pinot Noir
To commemorate Gary Ablett Junior’s final year in the AFL, this limited edition pinot noir is a being released as a collectors item. Each bottle is individually signed by Gary and is a true expression of Geelong’s Moorabool Valley, bursting with lush, textured fruit and savoury oak flavours. Find out more.

Heroes & Comrades
West Coast Eagles pair, Chris Masten and Will Schofield, are behind curated wine-retailer Heroes & Comrades. The store features a mix of local and international labels – including some more alternate varietals. Search by style or pick a pre-selected pack if you’re feeling adventurous. Find out more.

Jordan Lewis of the Melbourne Demons loves wine so much he started his own label, DML Vin. The Mornington Peninsula winery showcases a classic cool-climate pinot noir, perfect with poultry dishes or spicy Asian flavours. You can read more about Jordan’s wine journey in our exclusive interview – here.