SA wineries shine on global stage

SA wineries shine on global stage

Two South Australian wineries have been recognised as the most awarded in the world by World Association of Wine Writers and Journalists (WAWWJ).

Out of the 2015 World Ranking of Wines (WRW) Top 5 Wineries in the World, two were Australian – more than any other wine producing country in the world.

Receiving a combined total of 228 awards from a selection of key international wine shows and competitions, both Taylors Wines and Wolf Blass Wines represented Australia in the Top 5 of the Top 100 Wineries in the World for 2015.

In the wider Top 10, another two Australian wineries joined the ranks, rounding the tally to 470 combined medals for Australia’s top performing producers.

The WRW is commissioned and evaluated by the WAWWJ every year with the purpose to develop an internationally recognised ranking system for the numerous wine shows and competitions held around the world. First founded in 1996, the WAWWJ consists of 12,700 wine journalists, bloggers and judges representing 80 different countries.

2015 is the third consecutive year that family-owned winery Taylors has ranked amongst the top five best performing wineries in the world, a title Mitchell Taylor, third-generation Taylor family member and Managing Director of Taylors Wines, is honoured to receive.

“Since my father and grandfather founded the winery in 1969, our mission has been to create outstanding wines that could compete on the world stage. To be recognised year after year for our continued success abroad is a massive achievement and the wines we continue to produce just get better and better,” Mitchell said.

“We must be doing something right down in the Clare, and we’re very proud to be Australia’s top performing family winery yet again.”

Taylors Wines has a cabinet full of achievements from the 2015 WRW report, including the title for most awarded Chardonnay in the world with the 2013 Estate Chardonnay; in the top 10 Syrah/Shiraz wines in the world, Taylors makes up three spots (more than any other winery in the world) with the 2012 St Andrews Shiraz, 2013 Estate Shiraz and 2010 St Andrews Shiraz; and in the Top 100 Wines of the World, Taylors Wines make up six on the list, with more points than any other Australian winery.

The 2015 report evaluated 650 wines from a selection of 82 key international wine contests (out of more than 450 wine shows held around the world), including the Vinalies Internationales (France), International Wine and Spirits Competition (England), Tasters Guild International (USA), and the Sydney International Top 100.

The authorities of the organisation include original founder and International President Ing. Raúl Castellani in Argentina, as well as International Secretaries Frank Donalson (USA), Lubos Barta (Czech Republic), Moises Aaron Spak (Israel), and Kim She Wang (Hong Kong).

While the 2016 results have yet to be finalised, Taylors maintains its position as one of the Top 5 producers in the world, leading the pack with the most awarded wine in the world with the 2012 St Andrews Shiraz.

First published in Leading Agriculture