Founded on Sunday 10 April 2011, the Good Mates Wine Club (GMWC) is a private club of mates, gathering at least four times a year, to share great wine and learn about it, too.

We’re passionate about wine and committed to learning more about it. We believe wine is enjoyed most when it’s shared. We seek out wine experiences and conversations as the way to truly unlock the deep beauty of wine.

Also, drinking wine is fun and “it tastes so fucking good“.

Current Members

  • Paul ‘Curly’ Bateman
  • Stephen ‘Danno’ Garrett
  • Matthew ‘Clogs’ van Hasselt
  • Jon ‘Statz’ Hyne.

Club President

The President of the Good Mates’ Wine Club is Paul Bateman, Melbourne writer who blogs at and writes about wine at

Founding Members

The GMWC Founding members are: Paul ‘Curly’ Bateman; James ‘Masta’ Bateman; Yannick ‘Moose’ Thoraval; Stephen ‘Danno’ Garrett; Matthew ‘Clogs’ van Hasselt; and Jonathan ‘Statz’ Hyne.