The Story Wines is oddly located in a drab, southern suburb of Melbourne, Australia. There we receive grapes from some fabulous Grampians and Henty vineyards, and turn them into wine. Each vintage there is a new story to tell, and each year our label changes to reflect that story. Small budgets, small vineyards, engaging subjects.


For the past three years The Story Wines has partnered with respected literary journal Overland to create the Overland Story Wine Prize, for unpublished short fiction under 800 words. A cash prize is offered to the winner and two runners’ up, and their stories are printed in full on our wine labels.

2014 Winner Leah Swann’s That Inward Eye has now been printed in several thousand copies of Overland, online and on 9000 bottles of Story Wine.

2015 Winner Melissa Manning’s Woodsmoke was printed on nearly 9000 bottles of 2015 The Story Grampians Shiraz, due to be released in May 2017


The competition has the simple goal of bringing two creative fields together in an innovative way,while helping to support writing and writers in Australia. The prize is a chance to build layers of meaning into the experience of drinking wine and to give opportunity to those who seek to create meaning, using only a few words.

The winners of the 2016 Overland Story Wine Prize are:

Cameron Weston Sweeping ($4000 and printed on 2016 Port Campbell Pinot Noir and in December 2016 edition of Overland)

Johanna Bell Silver linings ($500 and printed on 2016 Grenache – released March 2017)

Zoë Bradley Silver Gates ($500 and printed on 2016 Marsanne Roussanne Viognier – released May 2017)

 On the wining stories, the judges write:

The authenticity of voice and the portrayal of the simple, domestic aspects of grief in ‘Silver gates’ was striking. The quiet tragedy of a disintegrating family unit was depicted gorgeously against the backdrop of wild Australia in ‘Silver linings’. In ‘Sweeping’, we were drawn into and then deftly ejected from a fully formed world.

Competition closes 11.59 pm, Wednesday 31 August.