Two South Australian wineries, Taylors Wines and Wolf Blass Wines, have been recognised as among the most awarded in the world by World Association of Wine Writers and Journalists (WAWWJ).
Receiving a combined total of 228 awards from a selection of key international wine shows and competitions, the wineries represented Australia in the Top 5 of the Top 100 Wineries in the World for 2015.
The result meant that Australia filled more positions in the top five than any other winemaking nation.
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, today the WAWWJ consists of 12,700 wine journalists, bloggers and judges representing 80 different countries.
This 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 (pictured) 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.”
While the 2016 results have yet to be finalised, Taylors currently 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.
Sogrape Vinhos De Portugal SA was named top winery, while Champagne Chales Heidsieck Blanc Des Millenaires Millesime 1995 won the prize for Top Wine in the World for 2015.