Australian winery named World’s Most Awarded
2017 World Ranking of Wine and Spirits released
Wakefield Wines takes out top place as Most Awarded Winery in the World as well as Most Awarded Wine in the World
Four Australian wineries listed in Top 20
Wakefield also received special mentions for most awarded wines in the Chardonnay, Shiraz and Merlot varietal categories
This is the first year the United Kingdom made the list, ranked 19th
The World Association of Wine Writers and Journalists’ (WAWWJ) has released its global ranking of the world’s most awarded wineries and named family-owned Wakefield Wines (known as Taylors Wines in its native Australia) as the most awarded winery in the world for 2017 in a ranking of more than 50,000 producers.
In its highly anticipated report, the World Ranking of Wines & Spirit has named Wakefield Wines along with three other Australian producers in the world’s most awarded wineries list.
In addition to taking out this year’s top spot for most awarded winery, Wakefield’s Jaraman Shiraz 2014 also nabbed the top spot for most awarded wine in the world.
Now in its 21st year, the 2017 World Ranking of Wines & Spirits (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, praised 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 5th on the list of most awarded countries. Out of more than 700,000 wines evaluated, 12 Wakefield Wines appear in the top 100 list for Wines of the Year, including special mentions as most awarded wines in the Chardonnay, Merlot and Shiraz varietal categories.”
Mitchell Taylor, third-generation Taylor family member and Managing Director of Wakefield Wines is honoured by the accomplishment.
“We are incredibly proud to be recognised as the world’s most awarded winery as well as 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. The 2017 report takes into account the award shows from February 2016 through to January 2017.
The 2017 World Ranking of Wines and Spirits Report is available at