Drinks International has revealed the list of The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands 2021 with Familia Torres from Spain taking out the number one spot.
Catena, a family-owned winery in Argentina came in second; and another Spanish brand, Vega Sicilia, finished third.
Australian brand Henschke was fourth, taking the regional award for the Most Admired Wine Brand in Australasia. Chilean powerhouse Concha y Toro came next, rounding out the top five positions.
The brands were chosen by an academy made up of the world’s leading wine experts, including buyers, sommeliers, wholesalers, bar owners, Masters of Wine, writers and educators from 48 different countries.
European brands featured 29 times on the list, led by France with 11 brands, Spain with eight and Italy with six.
New Zealand featured on the list four times – with Felton Road and Villa Maria taking out places 14 and 15 respectively, Craggy Range at number 30 and Oyster Bay at 44.
The highest new entry this year was Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, which entered the list for the first time at number seven. Sicilian brand Planeta was the highest climber after rising 22 places year-on-year to number 17.
At number 10, Lebanon’s Chateau Musar was named the Most Admired Wine Brand from the Middle East and Africa, while Ridge from California was named the Most Admired Wine Brand from North America after ranking 22nd on the list.
“The Most Admired Wine Brands 2021 highlights the most iconic, exciting and innovative producers in the world,” says Drinks International Editor, Martin Green.
“To win a place on this prestigious list is a tremendous achievement. There are thousands of wine brands vying for attention around the world, but just 50 elite icons have made the cut,” he says.
“Strong brands will play a vital role in leading the wine trade to a healthy future as the world emerges from COVID-19 lockdowns.
“The wineries featured on this list act as regional champions, category signposts and industry leaders, and they have the potential to steer the wine trade into a new Roaring Twenties.”
The top 50 wine brands:
|5||Concha y Toro||Chile|
|7||Domaine de la Romanée-Conti||France|
|14||Felton Road||New Zealand|
|15||Villa Maria||New Zealand|
|18||Château Cheval Blanc||France|
|29||Jackson Family Wines||USA|
|30||Craggy Range||New Zealand|
|36||Bruce Jack||South Africa|
|39||Gallo Family Vineyards||USA|
|44||Oyster Bay||New Zealand|
|50||La Rioja Alta||Spain|
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