Two SA brands included in ‘World’s Most Admired Wine Brands’

by | Apr 8, 2022 | Article, Wineland

Now in its 12th year, The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands is a list of the 50 most admired wine producers from around the globe.

The list is voted for by an Academy of leading wine buyers, sommeliers, wholesalers, bar owners, Masters of Wine, writers and educators from six continents around the world.

Torres impressed the Academy with its consistency and quality and being based in the Catalan region, it also took the Most Admired Wine Brand in Europe award. Familia Torres of Spain has retained the number one spot after impressing the Academy with the quality and consistency of its wines. It was also awarded the Most Admired Wine Brand in Europe.

Australia’s Penfolds, best known for its Grange vintages, took the runner’s-up spot and therefore collects the Most Admired Wine Brand in Australasia award, while former champion Catena Zapata completes the podium. The family-owned winery in Mendoza also retains its crown as the Most Admired Wine Brand in South America.

European brands featured 26 times on the list, led by both France and Spain with nine brands each and Italy accumulating four in total.

The Highest New Entry this year was Spain’s Bodegas Protos, who entered the list for the first time at number 28, while the Highest Climber was fellow Spaniard La Rioja Alta, which gained 46 places on last year to reach number 4.

South African brands make the list

At number 15, South Africa’s Kanonkop was named the Most Admired Wine Brand in Africa & the Middle East while Bruce Jack Wines featured number 20 on the list, moving up 16 places. Ridge from California retained its title as the Most Admired Wine Brand from North America at number 27.


Rico Basson MD of the South African wine industry body Vinpro congratulated the wine brands on Twitter:


Did you know: Cellar master Abrie Beeslaar celebrates his 21st harvest at Kanonkop.

Most admired brands

Drinks International editor Shay Waterworth said: “The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands 2022 showcases the most iconic, innovative and respected producers in the world.

Earning a place on this prestigious list is a serious achievement given the thousands of brands around the world and I congratulate those in our top 50 this year. The chosen producers have earned the respect of hundreds of wine professionals and experts from around the world. Within the list are the regional champions who are leading the way in their respected wine markets to earn the respect of our Academy of voters.”

This is the 12th year in which Drinks International has compiled its definitive guide to The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands. It features a vibrant mix of Old World classics, ambitious New World producers and high-volume brands that offer exceptional value for money.

“We are delighted to reward the achievements of the most admired wine brands on the planet. Congratulations to the highest ranked wineries in Europe, North America, South America, Australasia and Africa & the Middle East, and to all of the brands featured in our definitive guide. We look forward to continuing to celebrate the successes of exceptional wine producers long into the future,” says Drinks International publisher Justin Smith.

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