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Fine Wine Merchant is a specialist fine wine retail business that provides collectors and consumers access to great wines from Australia and the world’s best wine regions.


Our store is located in the village of Mount Eliza, about 45 minutes drive south of Melbourne on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula.  The address is shop 9, 87 Mount Eliza Way, Mount Eliza.  We have around 1,200 different wines in stock all the time, roughly half Australian and half imported, representing all of the world's great wine regions, styles and producers, starting from just $10 per bottle.  We also have more in stock in our temperature-controlled warehouse, and are one of Australia's most important facilitators of Bordeaux 'en-primeur' (pre-arrival) each year.

Rather than merely providing an online list of our stockholdings, this website is designed to provide significant and substantial information on the various regions, producers and wines that we offer.  All of this content, including all photos, tasting notes and producer information is drawn from our years of visiting these regions and producers, and we hope demonstrates our vast experience and integrity in offering these wines.

We offer wines that we believe are of high-quality from makers striving to produce unique wines reflective of their site, and that also represent good value.  Such considerations tend to identify boutique producers from Australia and New Zealand, as well as world-renowned producers from classic old world regions.  Each producer and every wine are selected by us as being worthy of your consideration.  Many, if not the majority of these wines, come from producers who strive to produce wines using minimal-intervention, organic and/or biodynamic regimes.

All of the wines listed on our website are physically in stock and owned by our business - not merely a reproduction of various supplier's wholesale pricelists that may or may not be available or sold-out.  We are a genuine fine wine merchant in the traditional sense of the occupation.

We look forward to your custom, and thank you for your support.

Stewart Plant (Proprietor)

stew.jpgStewart has worked as a specialised fine wine merchant for more than a decade, having previously been a diplomat with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Apart from extensively sampling the world’s great wines for many years, he has completed significant formal wine training, including the London-based Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Intermediate and Advanced Courses, as well as successfully completed the first year of the notoriously rigorous Master of Wine qualification before his children devoured his study time! In 2004 Stewart won the prestigious Negociants Australia ‘Working With Wine Fellowship’, and also won the separate Wine Writing Award the same year.

Stewart has been an Associate Judge in several major wine shows, has had articles appear in numerous publications, including The Age ‘Epicure’ and Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine, and for several years hosted a weekly wine segment on Brisbane radio station 4BC.
Whilst he enjoys nearly any great wine style, his personal preferences include Pinot Noir - both the local and Burgundian varieties - Barolo and Barbaresco, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the Spanish wines from Bierzo, Rioja and Ribera del Duero, and great Chardonnay.  He also has a compelling interest in the great wines of the Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley and Santa Cruz Mountains.

Stewart lives on the stunning Mornington Peninsula with his beautiful partner, Melissa, and their crazy family of six kids.


Peter Bessey (Homme d'Affairs)

Peter has been actively involved in the wine industry for nearly 20 years in a number of capacities, including winery manager, COO and general manager, and has also owned and run restaurants and bars during his years...not to mention being a professional golf caddy and running a golf course design business (which he claims are work).

Notwithstanding a love of gin and tonic and craft beer, Peter adores Champagne, Spanish and anything Italian.

Peter is a long-term Mount Eliza resident with his wife and daughter.