Five Way Cellars opened its doors in 1987 with the simple aim of introducing as many people as possible to the wonderful world of wine. Australia was really just beginning its exploration of wine in earnest at that point, after decades of sweet fortifieds and beers ruling the roost. A lot has changed since then, but the goal remains the same: to pass on the passion for wine that first consumed Ian Cook in his university days.
The shop has been coated with a lot more wine than paint since then. At times squeezing in as many of the wines we love into our little Paddington terrace can feel like squeezing the clowns back into their car, but it’s hard to say no when a wine grabs you. Limited space means that every bottle must fight for its place on the shelf whether it’s a pizza wine or a vintage Champagne. The only way to make this a fair fight is for us to taste as much wine as possible – an arduous task we selflessly commit to.
“The place looks the same it did twenty years ago and that old carpet has had more wine spilled on it than most people drink in their lifetime.”
“That chaotic kitchen was the world's smallest wine school and its lessons still shape me today.”
One of the great benefits of being an independent family business is being able to develop close relationships with producers and customers. We offer customers access to some of the most highly coveted small producers from home and abroad as part of a collection featuring value and quality as well as some real heavy hitters. Alongside our weekly free tastings, we host winemaker masterclasses and dinners. Tasting as much as you can is the only way to find out what you like. Wine should never feel stuffy, snooty, or overintellectualized. What matters is that you enjoy what’s in the glass, preferably with good food and company, and preferably from Five Way Cellars.