Media Release: You had me at Merlot - Aussie winery named best in the world for 2017

Australia can officially lay claim to being home to the world's best wine with Taylors Wines (Wakefield Wines) being named 2017's most awarded winery by the World Association of Wine Writers and Journalists overnight. 

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, congratulated the team at Taylor's Wines and Wolf Blass, Jacob's Creek and McGuigan Wines who were also placed in the top 20.  

"The world's leading wine writers and journalists have officially recognised what Australians already know: our wine is the best on the planet," Minister Ruston said. 

"The 2017 World Rankings of Wines and Spirits report was released overnight and it's great to see four Aussie wineries named in the top 20 most awarded wineries. 

"The recognition doesn't stop there; four varieties of Taylors Wines were named in the top 10 wines of 2017 out of over 700,000 wines assessed, taking out first, second, fourth and ninth. 

"Taylor's Jaraman Shiraz 2014 took the top spot for most awarded wine in the world, and it's not just the big name wine producers which were recognised; 21 Australian wines made the top 100. 

"Australian wine makers are producing bottled excellence. The Australian Government is working with the industry on a transformational international marketing effort with our $50 million Regional Wine Export and Tourism Support Package, and these accolades for our wine makers can only enhance these efforts. Congratulations to everyone!" 

More information about the awards is available at:

Fast facts

  • Australia's Taylors Wines named 2017 most awarded winery in the world
  • Wolf Blass, Jacob's Creek and McGuigan Wines also named in top 20
  • Australia ranked fifth in countries with most awarded wines in 2017.
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