Six Australian wine brands have been placed on The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands list by Drinks International, including a debut showing on the list for McWilliam’s Wines.

The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands, which is in its 12th year, lists 50 of the most loved and respected wine brands globally and is compiled by an academy of top retailers, sommeliers, buyers and Masters of Wine from six continents.

Australia’s wine brands have emerged from a challenging period of bushfires, pandemic and tariffs and the strong showing on this year’s list will help wineries demonstrate the quality of Australian wine as they look to break into new international markets.

McWilliam’s joins other familiar Australian producers on the list, including Penfolds (#2), 19 Crimes (#18), Henschke (#21), Yellow Tail (#24), and Yalumba (#33).

The debut of McWilliam’s Wines to #45 on the list reflects the significant development in the winery’s journey over the last two years. The sixth-generation family winery boasts over 140 years of winemaking history, embodied through its rich portfolio of premium wines.

Sixth-generation Global Brand Ambassador Scott McWilliam said of the accolade: “The growing collection of Australian wineries on this distinguished list is hugely exciting for our industry. We commend all of the notable Australian producers who have received a mention this year.

“For McWilliam’s Wines to earn a spot among the most respected wineries in the world is a testament to our perseverance, rich heritage, and unique partnership that we have formed with Calabria Family Wines.”

This global recognition comes a year after the winery was purchased by its Riverina neighbours, Calabria Family Wine Group, proving the partnership between the two family wineries is already off to a promising start.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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