IT IS a victory for the Aussie battlers against the heavy hitters of the wine world, with a drop from the Clare Valley selling for as little as $20 a bottle beating off the best of Bordeaux and Tuscany to be voted the most awarded wine in the world.
Taylors Wines’ 2014 Jaraman Shiraz took out the award in a ranking of the world’s wine and wineries undertaken by the World Association of Wine Writers and Journalists (WAWWJ).
The success of Taylors and their Jaraman line was just one of the success stories for Australian viticulture in the rankings, with four Australian wineries included in the most awarded 20 wineries in the world.
Individually, Taylors, a family-owned South Australian winery was the most awarded winery in the world in 2017, beating off prestigious competition from among 50,000 wine producers across the globe.
Taylors, based in the Clare Valley, took out first place in the World Ranking of Wines & Spirits (WRW&S).
Other Australian producers in the top 20 were Wolf Blass, Jacob’s Creek and McGuigan.
The WRW&S 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.
International President of the WAWWJ Leonardo Castellani noted the performance of Australian wineries in this year’s ranking:
“The broader Australian presence is significant this year, with 21 Australian wines on the list of the top 100 wines in the world and a ranking of fifth on the list of most awarded countries,” he said.
Mitchell Taylor, managing director of Taylors Wines was 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.