Frequently Asked Questions

·         How much is the freight to my place?
·         Is my order insured?
·         Why is there a surcharge in my cart?
·         What about if I won't be home?
·         Can wine be delivered to my PO Box?
·         Will the driver call before delivery?
·         Can I request a specific time for delivery?
·         Is there anywhere in Australia not serviced?
·         How are the wines cellared and transported?
·         Does WineStar ship Internationally?
·         How do I place an order?
·         How can I pay?
·         Do you provide a tax invoice?
·         Can I order over the phone?
·         Can I pick up my order?
·         Can I cancel my order?
·         What is your Safe Shopping Guarantee?
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What is your Heat Policy?
·         What is your Returns & Refunds Policy?
·         What is your Privacy Policy?
·         How can I join your mailing list?

Customer Care

·         Checking your order status
·         Viewing your recent orders
·         Changing your account details
·         Changing your email address
·         Subscribe to StarImports

Terms & Conditions of Use

·         Terms of Service
·         Sale of Alcohol
·         Third Party Content & Imagery
·         Copyright


About WineStar

·         About Us
·         Contact Us
·         About StarForum
·         About StarCellar
·         About our rating system

General Information

·         Our range of wines
·         Fundraising
·         Report website issues
·         Site Map

Wine Trade Information

·         Submitting samples
·         Logistics information
·         Media Kit 


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Frequently Asked Questions: 

How much is the freight to my place?

A detailed freight information page is available here. We offer FREE Delivery on dozen lots straight or mixed to 98% of Australia. This page explains charges and surcharges for quantities not in dozen lots and also charges to outlying or regional areas. It also stipulates all of our freight rules and gives an estimated delivery time. Please note, information on our freight page form part of the Terms & Conditions of Use.


Is my order insured?

Yes. Your order is insured against loss and breakage. Please note that freight companies will not recognise claims that have been signed for or left unattended where an authority to leave the wine has been given. If you suspect breakage simply hand the box back to the driver and do not sign for it. We will issue a replacement and re-delivery at our cost. 

 

Why is there a surcharge in my cart?

As per our freight information page, orders of non-dozen lots attract a $10 surcharge ($20 when orders of 5 or less bottles total are ordered). The surcharge is implemented for a variety of reasons. Firstly, freight companies charge us the same to freight 6 bottles as they do to freight 12 bottles for potentially half the profit hence we cannot subsidise the freight as we do with full dozens. Secondly, there is often a repack exercise when less than 12 bottles are ordered involving greater time and effort with packaging - again this doesn't exist with orders of 12 bottles. Finally, we still need to insure the full amount regardless. We are confident that the total price paid - including potential surcharges or freight fees, the provenance of the wines and service provided by WineStar are still very highly competitive if not the best available. 


What about if I won't be home?

All deliveries are made during business hours so places of work or business hours addresses are the most favoured destinations. Failing that, we ask that you leave additional instructions if no one is home, such as "leave at back door" or "OK to leave on front porch". If there is no one home and no instruction, the courier will leave a card to say she/he has been and ask you contact them to arrange delivery. This may cause you undue delay or inconvenience hence our advice of a business hours address or authority to leave. Deliveries unclaimed within 7 days will be returned to us and accounts will be credited less freight fees. Please note that freight companies will not recognise claims that have been signed for or left unattended where an authority to leave the wine has been given.

 

Can wine be delivered to my PO Box?

Yes, we use a courier service as well as Australia Post so can deliver to PO Boxes. (N.b. In some remote areas delivery will be to the carriers depot or post office and you will be required to collect the wine from there as a condition of purchase).  

 

Will the driver call before delivery?

As a rule, couriers will not call prior to delivery so we ask that this not be requested to avoid disappointment. By request, we can email you on dispatch so that you can expect a delivery. Simply reply to your email confirmation with a 'request to advise when sent' and we will email you as soon as the wines leave our cellarage.

 

Can I request a specific time for delivery?

Our freight companies quote business hours delivery. As we outsource deliveries globally, we are unable to accept orders conditional on a specific date or time. While every endeavour will be made to have deliveries occur at a requested time, this cannot be guaranteed.

By request we are able to delay dispatch of an order to ensure it does not arrive before a specific date. Further, by request, we can email you on dispatch so that you can expect a delivery. Simply reply to your email confirmation with a 'request to advise when sent' and we will do the rest.

 

Is there anywhere in Australia not serviced?

Some areas that are extremely warm all year around (Northern Territory and North WA) and some extremely remote areas are not serviced. Further, there is a 6 bottle minimum purchase outside of Zone 1. You zone can be determined on our freight information page. Finally, in some remote areas delivery will be to the carriers depot or post office and you will be required to collect the wine from there as a condition of purchase.  

 

How are the wines cellared and transported?

As per our Heat Policy, WineStar cellars all of our wines in a state-of-the-art climate control which is the envy of the retail fine wine industry. All dispatched orders are treated with the utmost care. Orders travel over night, wines are bottom stacked and we stipulate to all transport companies the need to keep wines cool, dark and dry at all times. Our heat policy also states that during the warmer months we reserve the right to hold orders in instances of extreme heat, until there is a clear path of non-extreme temperatures between us and you. All orders are picked and packed and resting blissfully in our cellarage awaiting better conditions to send the wine when it will be dispatched overnight and kept cool, dark and dry all the way to you. As usual, the customer is always right and you may request immediate delivery despite the heat (at your risk). We will keep in constant contact with recipients but as a rule, unless specified we will hold rather than risk spoiling the wine. We welcome a comparison of these facilities and policy to any of our competitors.

 

Does WineStar ship Internationally?

Yes, as well as Australian delivery, we service Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. Our Export Page has all the specific information on shipping to these countries.


How do I place an order?

Placing an order via the WineStar website is very simple, even for the computer illiterate. Simply locate the wine(s) you would like to purchase by navigating the drop down menus located at the top of every page or use the search feature also located at the top right of every page. Enter the desired quantity and click the 'BUY' button which will put your purchase in the shopping cart. You can either continue shopping (the cart will remember your purchase) or finalise the order. To finalise your order, proceed to the shopping cart and then the checkout and follow the prompts. Once there, you can enter your details securely to finalise. You will automatically be sent an email confirmation of your order.

 

You do not need an account to order from us. Shopping with WineStar is open to everyone. You do not need to be a member, you do not need to be an account holder, you do not need to be a subscriber and you do not need to pay a joining, an annual or a membership fee.

 

How can I pay?

We accept all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club) as well as PayPal payment. 

 

Do you provide a tax invoice?

A tax invoice is automatically emailed to you with each purchase. Invoices can be used for tax deductions for tourists at TRS offices at all major airports. Copies of invoices can be found by logging into your account with the email address you used to place the order and your password. 

 

Can I order over the phone?

Our preferred mode of ordering is via the website. The site has up to the minute stock information and pricing, is completely secure for both the user and the merchant and ensures accuracy of orders, minimising error completely. We are unable to accept phone orders for these reasons.

 

Can I pick up my order?

No. Our licence does not allow pick-ups from our Cellarage and Adminsitration Centre.

 

Can I cancel my order?

We do allow order cancellations noting charges will be incurred depending on the stage of cancellation. There is no charge if orders are yet to be processed. If processed there is a cancellation fee of $20. If dispatched, there is an additional fee to cover freight both ways dependant on customer destination. 

 

What is your Safe Shopping Guarantee?

WineStar uses EziMerchant and the latest in Comodo encryption technology, protecting your credit card and personal details against disclosure to a third party. We undertake to reimburse you in full should you ever be the victim of unauthorised use of your credit card on our site.

 

What is your Heat Policy?

WineStar cellars all of our wines in a state-of-the-art climate control which is the envy of the retail fine wine industry. All dispatched orders are treated with the utmost care. Orders travel over night, wines are bottom stacked and we stipulate to all transport companies the need to keep wines cool, dark and dry at all times. Our heat policy also states that during the warmer months we reserve the right to hold orders in instances of extreme heat, until there is a clear path of non-extreme temperatures between us and you. All orders are picked and packed and resting blissfully in our cellarage awaiting better conditions to send the wine when it will be dispatched overnight and kept cool, dark and dry all the way to you. As usual, the customer is always right and you may request immediate delivery despite the heat (at your risk). We will keep in constant contact with recipients but as a rule, unless specified we will hold rather than risk spoiling the wine. We welcome a comparison of these facilities and policy to any of our competitors.

 

What is your Returns & Refunds Policy?

We understand regardless of the awards and plaudits afforded a wine that it is not going to be to the taste of every single person that purchases it. Ironically the more we sell of a given wine, the greater the chance that there will be someone out there that doesn't like it. One factor to consider before contemplating return is that of a faulty bottle, be that the affects of TCA in a wine finished under cork or another fault that is still likely with screwcap. Our first suggestion is always to open another bottle (should one exist), allow the wine some time to breath (ideally decanted for an hour) then try again. If this wine is sound, then the initial one opened is probably faulty and we can arrange a credit or replacement (will vary dependent on winery/supplier policy). In all instances we require you to keep the offending wine as a credit or replacement is not possible without it.

If you wish to return wine not to your taste, we would be happy to refund in full any bottles returned to us (if we are satisfied they have been stored and handled correctly) with a deduction made for our initial freight and insurance fee. This will vary dependant on your location. Please note we are unable to process refunds until the wines are received in good condition although most refunds will be processed within 24 hours of receipt of goods. Please email us with any returns queries and we can advise the correct course of action based on the relevant issue.

 

What is your Privacy Policy?

Protecting your privacy is important to WineStar. We hope the following policy will help you understand how WineStar collects, uses, and safeguards the personal information you provide on our website. If you browse WineStar, you do so anonymously. We don't collect personal information — including your email address. We do log your IP address (the Internet address of your computer) to give us an idea of which parts of our website you visit and how long you spend there. But we do not link your IP address to anything personally identifiable.

At times we may request that you voluntarily supply us with your email address, for purposes such as corresponding with us or making a purchase. If you provide us with your email address, we will send you The WineStar Journal on a weekly basis featuring the wines you want at the prices you want - including all the 'hard-to-gets'. We do not share your personal information with other companies under any circumstances - the exception being only the delivery address displayed for the logistical purposes in sending you any purchase made.

WineStar provides customers with an easy means to decline to receive email offers. Although most customers tell us they appreciate receiving notice of these opportunities, we recognise the importance of providing you with choices. At any time, you may request to discontinue receiving these offers from us by simply replying to the email and informing us of your preferences. All email offers that you receive from WineStar will tell you how to decline further email offers.

WineStar is fully committed to data security. We use Comodo SSL 128bit encryption for all transactions. If at any time you want to know exactly what personal information any part of our web site is holding about you, you may request your details of that information by emailing us. We will endeavour to provide you with this information inside two working days.

 

How can I join your mailing list?

For well over a decade now, The WineStar Journal has been the best weekly journal and offers newsletter of its kind and the best kept secret for tens of thousands of subscribers. Subscription to The WineStar Journal is completely financial and obligation free and can be unsubscribed to at any time. You do not need to make a purchase to receive this! Typically, The WineStar Journal will arrive in your inbox Tuesday morning AEST. You can join our mailing list here.

You may also wish to subscribe to StarImports, our specialist publication dedicated to the best imported wine offers. We would encourage anyone with an interest in imports of all types to join our StarImports list. You can receive your free StarImports offers by joining here. Please note: Due to the calibre of product and pricing, the StarImports mailing list is restricted to existing customers only or recognisable company domains. Trade customers are disallowed on the list nor will be supplied. Further, free webmail domains will not be included on the list.
 

Terms of Service

Your use of the Internet site of WineStar (winestar.com.au) which also includes StarForum (forum.winestar.com.au) is subject to the Terms & Conditions of Use. WineStar.com.au is owned and operated by WineStar Pty Ltd and is collectively referred to herein as "we," "us," or "our". Please note information provided in the Frequently Asked Questions, Freight Information and Help Desk form part of the Terms & Conditions of Use. If you do not agree with any of the Terms & Conditions of Use, do not access or otherwise use WineStar or any information or materials contained on the site. Your placing of an order on the WineStar site or other use of the content on the WineStar site shall be deemed to be your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, Frequently Asked Questions, Freight Information and Help Desk and your agreement to abide by each of the terms set forth below.

 

Sale of Alcohol

WineStar does not sell alcohol to persons under the age of 18. By using this site you affirm that you are over the age of 18. WineStar makes every effort to ensure that alcoholic beverages are not delivered to anyone who is under the age of 18. By using this site you are acknowledging that the person receiving a shipment of wine is over the age of 18. WineStar (Licence No.: 36114695) supports the responsible service of alcohol. Under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 it is against the law to supply alcohol to a person under the age of 18 years (Penalty exceeds $6,000) and/or for a person under the age of 18 years to purchase or receive liquor (Penalty exceeds $500).

 

Third Party Content & Imagery

Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, events or other information or content expressed or made available on WineStar or StarForum are those of the respective author(s) or distributor(s) and not of WineStar. We neither endorse or are responsible for the accuracy or reliability of any opinion, advice, information, or statement made on this site with the exception of authorised WineStar employees acting in their official capacities. Any images used on the WineStar site are done so for illustrative purposes only and may not be representative and should not be used to glean such information as a wines vintage, type of closure or bottle shape and colour.

 

Copyright

WineStar respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same. The copyright of all content (text and images) on this site belongs to WineStar under the copyright laws of Australia, unless otherwise attributed. The content on the WineStar site (including StarForum) may not be copied on to other websites or into other works or otherwise used without prior written permission from WineStar. Likewise, if you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide WineStar with the details in writing for immediete removal once verified.
 

About WineStar:

About Us

WineStar is a wholly owned subsidiary of WineStar Pty Ltd. Based in Melbourne with bricks and mortar retail wine outlets since 1975, our online venture began in October 1997 making us one of the internet's longest serving wine retailers. We now have national distribution channels as well as service parts of Asia. The Directors of WineStar are brothers Pierre and Bert Werden.

 

Contact Us

Full contact details of WineStar can be found here.

 

About StarForum

StarForum is Australia's biggest and best wine related forums and one of the biggest in the world with around 250,000 posts contributed including wine discussion and advice, over one hundred thousand wine tasting notes and impressions, daily wine news and occasional special guests from the wine industry. Registration for StarForum is free and takes less than a minute. It is open to anyone over 18 and you don't have to be a WineStar customer or subscriber to post on the forum nor is there an obligation to buy.

 

About StarCellar

StarCellar is our dedicated cellarage program to help you build up your own cellar, under perfect conditions and at the best rates available. StarCellar is perfect for Australians living or working overseas or locals looking at an economical long term cellarage option. The program operates in both Sydney & Melbourne but utilised by WineStar customers all over Australia and the world. StarCellar rates are all inclusive on either per bottle or per month blocks and include all incidentals. You can take delivery of your wine at any time. For full information go here.

 

About our rating system

Our rating system was written and devised by Bert Werden in 2000. It has been used and referred to by many publications in the Australian Wine Industry. The full system with detailed descriptions can be found here 
 

General Information:

Our range of wines

We range and stock over 3000 wines that are listed on the WineStar site. If the wine is listed, it generally means it is in stock. We rarely have the stock issues of our competitors because unlike them we stock the wines rather than order on demand. Our range consists of distinguished Australian wines, highly rated current vintage wines with the best recent press, boutique and commercial options and the best range of international wines seen in Australia with multiple vintages of First Growth Bordeaux, Grand Cru Burgundy, Single Vineyard Rhones, Super Tuscans and brilliant Spanish and Germans just to name a few. Very rarely we may fall out of stock on a handful of wines in our range (which we will quickly re-order).

 

Fundraising

WineStar offers a Fundraising solution for your registered charity or organisation where your supporters purchase bargain priced wine which is delivered to them by WineStar and your cause profits from the sale. Please email us if you are keen on getting involved and we will email you back the details.

 

Report website issues

The WineStar website does not need any additional plugins to operate and will work fine with tversions of all browsers. However, we are mindful that due to some workplace security and/or firewalls, however rare, that the user experience on our website will not be as we desire. Please email us to report any issues in the use of the site or ordering on the website. 
 

Customer Care:

Checking your order status

You can log into your account at any time and track your order once it has been dispatched. It is important to read our freight information page for estimated delivery times to your suburb, in particular those for multiple product mixed dozens as we are unable to provide tracking until the order has left. Orders going to unattended addresses, please ensure no calling card has been left by the courier or someone else has not brought the wine in (it happens a lot!). Also, please read our Heat Policy as this the the most likely reason for delays in delivery (apart from attempted delivery when no one is home). Finally, please note it may take up to 24 hours after dispatch to provide tracking information.

 

Viewing your recent orders

Our website allows you the ability to view recent orders placed online and reprint invoices if required. Log into your account at any time. Only recent orders placed through the website will be displayed.

 

Changing your account details

The customer control panel allows you to change your address details noting this change will come into effect for your next order placed online. The system allows for multiple delivery addresses to be linked to your account. Log into your account to make these changes.

 

Changing your email address
The customer control panel allows you to change your email address details noting this change will come into effect for your next order placed online. Please note this information is independent to The WineStar Journal database so if you wish to receive our newsletters, please email us with your old and new email address.

 

Subscribe to StarImports

Existing customers may wish to subscribe to our free StarImports newsletter and offers, our specialist publication dedicated to the best imported wine offers. We would encourage anyone with an interest in imports of all types to join our StarImports list. You can receive your free StarImports offers by joining here. Please note: Due to the calibre of product and pricing, the StarImports mailing list is restricted to existing customers only or recognisable company domains. Trade customers are disallowed on the list nor will be supplied. Further, free webmail domains will not be included on the list. 
 

Wine Trade Information:

Submitting Samples

Where possible our tasting panel prefers to look at all new wines being added to the WineStar website as well as vintage rollovers. We are always on the look out for the next big thing as well as the best kept secrets. However, we do not consider unsolicited samples, preferring to do justice to the wines already awaiting tasting. We ask anyone in the trade wishing to submit samples to email first (and prior to sending). On occasion we find ourselves with more samples to consider than we have room on the website (we already have 3000 wines in stock). For this reason, we may ask that samples not be sent if we do not consider an opportunity for them at WineStar.

 

Logistics Information

All deliveries for WineStar need to go to The WineStar Centre unless otherwise advised. Full contact details of WineStar can be found here. Deliveries can be made between 9am and 12pm, Monday to Friday. Please note we will not accept deliveries on warm days and no deliveries will be accepted on open trucks or trays under any circumstances.

 

Media Kit

Follow this link for our media kit including press and images pertaining to WineStar. More detailed information can be requested by emailing us.