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Winestate Magazine Closes After 45 Years

By Saturday 4 March 2023June 14th, 20232 Comments

Winestate magazine based in Adelaide is closing after 45 years and 318 issues.

“It’s hard to believe that what started as such a humble outfit all those years ago has turned into a successful global wine publication and one that we have been very proud of,” editor Peter Simic said in the final issue.

“It is sad to say, however, that the time has come, and this will be our final issue as a regular wine magazine.

“Whilst the magazine side is closing the Winestate name will continue.

The Winestate website and its reviews and articles and all social media channels will remain to continue to provide education and as an archival resource for the public.

“We are also looking at future possibilities for select or bespoke events and opportunities under the Winestate banner – stay tuned!”

Simic said that numerous wine industry challenges had taken their toll.

“As we all know the wine industry, along with many other businesses, have been in turmoil these past few years and the fallout is continuing with no clear end in sight,” he said.

“From the pandemic, natural disasters, freight issues, print/distribution issues and global economic/trade sagas, we are not immune to those same pressures and have decided that it is not sustainable for us to continue publishing the magazine.

“This has not been a decision that has been made lightly but after much deliberation is more of a case of, ‘If not now, when?'”

Simic said it would take three to five years for the wine industry to get back to “any kind of normal level”.

“And for those wineries who can hang on, it will be worthwhile in the future,” he said.

Simic founded the magazine in 1978.


  • Wouter (Walter)Bos says:

    It was a great read and a great help during my career in this wonderful industry-we bought every issue and used the reviews to sell our was a great companion in my time from 1969- to 2002. . Kind regardsPeter

  • It certainly was a pleasure working for Winestate 2010-2018 and taking the publication global with Vinitaly, Top Wine China, Vinexpo and many more global events and assisting where we could to help Australian wineries enter new markets.

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