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This is the 11th year the UK publication Drinks International has presented a list of the world’s most admired wine brands. 

Drinks International editor Martin Green said: “The Most Admired Wine Brands 2021 highlights the most iconic, exciting and innovative producers in the world.

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. Needless to say, this is a global list so don’t be put off by the fact that only four wine producers in the U.S. made the list.  Those four should be quite proud. What is astonishing are the highly respected French Chateaus that landed behind two of the North American brands.

THE LIST

Ranking

Brand

Country

1

Familia Torres Spain

2

Catena Argentina

3

Vega Sicilia Spain

4

Henschke Australia

5

Concha y Toro Chile

6

Penfolds Australia

7

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti France

8

CVNE Spain

9

Antinori Italy

10

Château Musar Lebanon

11

E. Guigal France

12

Château Lafite France

13

Errazuriz Chile

14

Felton Road New Zealand

15

Villa Maria New Zealand

16

Yalumba Australia

17

Planeta Italy

18

Château Cheval Blanc France

19

M. Chapoutier France

20

Château d’Yquem France

21

Ridge USA

22

Symington Portugal

23

Château Petrus France

24

Frescobaldi Italy

25

Château Palmer France

26

Gaja Italy

27

Montes Chile

28

Cono Sur Chile

29

Jackson Family Wines USA

30

Craggy Range New Zealand

31

Château Margaux France

32

Campo Viejo Spain

33

Château Haut-Brion France

34

Nederburg South Africa

35

Château Mouton-Rothschild France

36

Bruce Jack South Africa

37

Bodegas Abadal Spain

38

Esporão Portugal

39

Gallo Family Vineyards USA

40

Sassicaia Italy

41

Louis Latour France

42

McGuigan Australia

43

Ramón Bilbao Spain

44

Oyster Bay New Zealand

45

Royal Tokaji Hungary

46

Beringer USA

47

Raventós Cordoníu Spain

48

Santa Rita Chile

49

Tignanello Italy

50

La Rioja Alta Spain

You can read The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands 2021 magazine here to learn more about the brands featured on the list.

On this podcast we celebrate the Earth, and those who are doing their part it keeping it as livable as possible.

Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd and the Wine Institute is presenting their 8th Annual Down To Earth Month. They’re promoting celebrations throughout the month, across California. You can find more details on my Events page Down To Earth Month Celebrations. You might also want to visit Discover California Wines.

In this podcast you’ll hear my interview with Allison Jordan, the Executive Director of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance and Vice President, Environmental Affairs for Wine Institute.

I have a brief conversation about sustainable winemaking and vineyard practices with Ana Diogo-Draper, Director of Winemaking at Artesa Vineyards and Winery. Then I talk with C.O.O. and winemaker John Olney of Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs about their April 20th event celebrating organic farming. We’ll also chat about the rich history of Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello as well. I mean, it’s iconic. I couldn’t pass up that opportunity.

Let’s drink some wine and celebrate this big blue marble we call home!

 

 

Down To Earth Month

The old zinfandel vineyard on a fog covered morning at Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs in Dry Creek Valley, Geyserville, CA.

 

 

Earth Day of 2019

The California Wine Institute is celebrating with their 8th Annual Down To Earth month. Throughout April there are events and activities across the state from wineries who practice sustainable winegrowing, winemaking and farming practices. These include producing high quality grapes and wines, protecting the environment, being a good neighbor and employer, and maintaining a thriving, long-term business.

Guests on my radio show, April 13th

I will feature an interview on my radio show on Saturday, April 13th with Allison Jordan, the Executive Director of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. Also joining me will be John Olney, the Chief Operating Officer and Winemaker at Ridge Vineyards, Lytton Springs. The discussion will explain sustainable practices, we’ll touch upon some of the 50 events, and you’ll hear about Ridge Vineyards’ celebration of organic farming on April 20th. Both locations, Lytton Springs in Healdsburg and Monte Bello in Cupertino, will participate.

Guests on my radio show, April 20th

On this show you’ll learn about the Slow Wine movement. Very much like the Slow Food movement, it awards wineries and vineyards who make wine and farm sustainably. I’ll talk with Ann Baker of Larkmead Cellars and Ted Lemon of Littorai Wines. Both are featured in the 2019 Slow Wine Guide.

Find events near you

Events have already begun so I wanted to help you get a jump on where you can go to join in on the celebration. Click the map below to be taken to the Wine Institute’s California Wines’ press release about Down To Earth Month. Celebrate Earth Day with wine!

 

Down To Earth Month