Four South Australian vineyards named in the Top 100 of the world

The Top 100 vineyards in the world have been named with five Australian wineries making the cut, four of which are here in SA.

South Australia has long been known as one of the top wine producers in the world and now we can officially claim that 4 of our wineries are among the top 100 in the world.

Online listing, World’s Best Vineyards, has released its coveted annual list with five Australian wineries being named, and with no surprise, four of those are right here in SA.

The prestigious awards consist of a voting academy from around the globe, and the criteria is the ‘total experience’ – including vineyard, culinary, wine tasting and tourism offering. The aim of the World’s Best Vineyards list is to raise the profile of wine tourism, and encourage visitors from all over the world to explore the world’s best wineries and vineyards.

The highest-ranking Australian winery is Barossa favourite, Henschke, coming in at #36. Fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke, and his viticulturist wife Prue, are recognised around the world for their exceptional quality wines, innovation and sustainability in the vineyard and are regulars in the Top 50 list.

Also cracking the Top 50 is the iconic staple, Penfold’s Magill Estate. Ranked at #49, the giant of Australian wine is also known to make an appearance in Top 50 list year after year with the brand never afraid to try new techniques.

An iconic staple both in Australia and internationally, its 1951 vintage is recognised as one of the most expensive Australian wines ever to be told at auction selling for $142,131.

McLaren Vale icon D’Arenberg also made the list at #60 which is recognised worldwide for not only its incredible wine but also its architecturally designed ‘cube’, making it one of the premier wine destinations in the country. The d’Arenberg Cube is a $15 million glass-encased steel and concrete structure that sits five stories high, in the middle of a vineyard – the likes of which are not found anywhere else in the country.

The final South Australian vineyard to make the cut is, of course, Seppeltsfield Barossa. Ranked at #71, Seppeltsfield Barossa is a vibrant community of wine, food, craft, design and beauty that features its award winning cellar door and  FINO Restaurant, visitors are never left disappointed.

WA’s Cullen Wines was the only other Australian winery to make the Top 100 coming in at #99.

To see the full list of winners from more than 18 countries, click here.

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