The Guild exists to nurture, promote and sustain the art of amateur grape and country (wines made from fruit, berries, honey and so forth).  The Guild provides opportunities for members to learn about wine making and wine appreciation from each other and from professional winemakers.  

Our motto is ‘Share, Learn, Enjoy’.

Some 45 years ago a group of like-minded individuals in Eltham gathered to share their experience of having made wine in their kitchens or sheds.  Together they represented the cultural and generational diversity of our European and English migrants who brought to Australia their love of artisan winemaking.  Today the Guild has over 70 members from all over Victoria and our annual Wine Show attracts over 500 entries.

The Guild meets monthly on the last Friday of the month – except December.  Visitors are most welcome.  The meetings are designed to be educational in a relaxed friendly environment.  There are generally two key activities at our Guild Nights:

  1. Members are provided with feedback on how to address any winemaking issues or concerns with wines currently being made.  Members can also bring in completed wines for evaluation and discussion.
  2. Each month guest presenters are invited to discuss a predetermined winemaking theme associated with either country or grape winemaking (see the Newsletter Forward Program of future themes).  Guest presenters include commercial winemakers, representatives from winery supplies or experienced Guild members.  The Guild meets at the Eltham Living and Learning Centre, 739 Main Road, Eltham (7:45pm for 8pm start).

The Guild is strongly committed to the
responsible consumption of alcohol. 

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 The Jo Ilian award for the 2018 Eltham Wine Show  will be for the Best Previous Vintage Cabernet


Being a member of the Guild has the following advantages:

Amateur winemakers can improve their winemaking in a friendly, supportive environment.

Learn how to make interesting grape and country wines.

Opportunity to have wines evaluated by experts at Guild Nights or the Annual Wine Show.

Improved personal wine appreciation and knowledge.·

Access to website and monthly newsletter.

Ability to participate in social and wine related educational events.
Improved access to winemaking grapes, fruit and honey via Guild contacts.



Visitors are most welcome to our Monthly Guild Nights.

Come along to a meeting or two and see if the Guild is right for you.

For more information please do not hesitate to call either of the following:

Mario Fantin (President) 0456 422 844 or

Mario Anders (Secretary) 0418 564 852.

Alternatively send through your enquiry via our website


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Our Annual Wine Show is a significant milestone event for the Guild.

It is the opportunity for our wines to be formally evaluated by experts to the same standards applied to commercial wines.

Wines by both members and non-members can be entered in the show. As indicated earlier, we are currently receiving over 500 entries comprising both grape a country wines.

Our Wine Show is currently the biggest amateur wine show in the southern hemisphere. Wines entered in the Show are judged on Saturday and then on Sunday (Open Day) all wines entered are available for tasting by members of the public.

Our Open Day is a great day out for the whole family with complementary food, workshops and demonstrations provided.

The show is held the Veneto Club Bulleen

Our Sponsors



Panton Hill Estate Cornelius Cheese Chill It Pty Ltd

Domain Chandon

Whiteheads Honey

Archibald's Honey

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