By James Wells
In a ranking of more than 50,000 producers and 700,000 wines, four Australian wineries have been listed in the top 20 of the World Ranking of Wine.
Within the top 20, Jacob’s Creek, Wolf Blass and McGuigan have been featured with the fourth brand, Taylors, also being recognised as the most awarded winery.
The report, compiled for the 21st year by the World Association of Wine Writers and Journalists (WAWWJ), features 21 Australian wines in the list of top 100 wines in the world, making Australia the fifth most awarded country globally. The report was established to develop an internationally recognised ranking system for global wine competitions. It is the only ranking system of its kind in the world to evaluate the results from this quantity of international wine shows.
Out of more than 700,000 wines evaluated, 12 of Taylors Wines appear in the top 100 list for ‘Wines of the Year’, including the most awarded wine with its 2014 Jaraman Shiraz.
Mitchell Taylor, third-generation Taylor family member and Managing Director of Taylors Wines is honoured by the accomplishment.
“We are incredibly proud to be the world’s most awarded winery with the world’s most awarded wine. Since the beginning we’ve sought to make wines that can take on the best in the world.
“We see wine competitions as an important way to benchmark ourselves. Australia produces some of the world’s most incredible wines and recent success in global competitions prove this. It’s an exciting result for our family, our winemaking team, the Clare Valley wine region and Australian wine as an industry.”
Founded in 1996, the WAWWJ consists of 13,500 wine journalists, bloggers and judges representing 80 different countries across the globe. The prestigious industry body combines the results of the most recognised international wine shows to rank the world’s most successful wineries.
In addition to taking out this year’s top spot for winery and wine, Taylors was also recognised for the most awarded wines in the varietal categories for Chardonnay, Merlot and Shiraz.
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