Four Australian wines make the official list for most admired wine brands 2020

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The Drinks International list of World’s Most Admired Wine Brands 2020 includes four Australian wines – the most from any one country. A panel of 200 wine lovers and wine professionals from 48 different countries test out wines from all around the world to make up the list every year.


Votes are based on the wine’s quality, its branding, taste, packaging and marketing. Above all, the panel decides whether the wine appeals well to wide-ranging demographic. The four Australian wines that made the top 20 are: Penfolds at number 2, 19 Crimes at number 4, Henschke at number 18 and Yellow Tail at number 20. Here is the list in full:


World’s Most Admired Brands 2020


  1. Catena – Argentina
  2. Penfolds – Australia
  3. Torres – Spain
  4. 19 Crimes – Australia
  5. Concha Y Toro – Chile
  6. Antinori – Italy
  7. Symington – Portugal
  8. Villa Maria – New Zealand
  9. Vega Sicilia – Spain
  10. Cloudy Bay – New Zealand
  11. Errazuriz – Chile
  12. Barefoot – United States
  13. Esporao – Portugal
  14. Ridge – United States
  15. Sassicaia – Italy
  16. Guigal – France
  17. Ramon Bilbao – Spain
  18. Henschke – Australia
  19. Cono Sur – Chile
  20. Yellow Tail – Australia


According to Martin Green, editor of Drinks International, only 50 elite wine brands made it to the tastings. He says: “To win a place on this prestigious list is a tremendous achievement, particularly as a number of great producers missed out.

Four of the best wine brands are from Australia


Penfolds, which is from Treasury Wine Estates, one of Australia’s most loved wine brands, came first in 2019. And while they’ve dropped to second this year, the memory of 2019’s win is still strong, as it marked their 175th anniversary year.


Number 4 in this year’s list is 19 Crimes. This is named after the 19 crimes that led to British convicts being banished to Australia via ‘transportation’. These convicts became colonists who forged the New World. The 19 crimes include grand and petty larceny, buying and selling stolen goods, stealing copper, iron or lead, arson, stealing letters, assault, stealing fish, stealing trees, bigamy and, perhaps most intriguingly, “impersonating an Egyptian.”


At number 18, Henschke is a new entry. Henschke is one of the most well-established family owned wineries in Australia, going back 150 years and six generations. Another family-owned Australian winery in the list is Yellow Tail, which comes in 20th.


The list has been going since 2011 and was started by Drinks International to help honour and celebrate global wide brands for their consumer appeal.