The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands 2021 Revealed

Drinks International has unveiled its eagerly anticipated list of The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands 2021.

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.

Familia Torres from Spain surged to the number 1 spot in the rankings after impressing our academy with the quality and consistency of its wines. It also was awarded the Most Admired Wine Brand in Europe.

Catena, a family-owned winery in Mendoza with a reputation for producing some of the world’s finest Malbec, finished second, retaining its crown as the Most Admired Wine Brand in South America.

Another Spanish brand, Vega Sicilia, finished third. Australian brand Henschke was fourth, taking the regional award for the Most Admired Wine Brand in Australasia. Chilean powerhouse Concha y Toro came next, rounding out the top five positions.

European brands featured 29 times on the list, led by France with 11 brands, Spain with eight and Italy with six.

The highest new entry this year was Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, which entered the list for the first time at number 7. Sicilian brand Planeta was the highest climber after rising 22 places year-on-year to number 17.

At number 10, Lebanon’s Chateau Musar was named the Most Admired Wine Brand from the Middle East and Africa, while Ridge from California was named the Most Admired Wine Brand from North America after ranking 22nd on the list.

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

“To win a place on this prestigious list is a tremendous achievement. There are thousands of wine brands vying for attention around the world, but just 50 elite icons have made the cut.

“Congratulations to all of the brands featured this year. They have earned the respect of hundreds of wine professionals and experts spread across the globe, and they have now gained the ultimate stamp of quality.

“Strong brands will play a vital role in leading the wine trade to a healthy future as the world emerges from Covid-19 lockdowns. The wineries featured on this list act as regional champions, category signposts and industry leaders, and they have the potential to steer the wine trade into a new Roaring Twenties.”

This is the 11th 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.

Drinks International publisher Justin Smith said: “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.”

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


1Familia TorresSpain
3Vega SiciliaSpain
5Concha y ToroChile
7Domaine de la Romanée-ContiFrance
10Château MusarLebanon
11E. GuigalFrance
12Château LafiteFrance
14Felton RoadNew Zealand
15Villa MariaNew Zealand
18Château Cheval BlancFrance
19M. ChapoutierFrance
20Château d’YquemFrance
23Château PetrusFrance
25Château PalmerFrance
28Cono SurChile
29Jackson Family WinesUSA
30Craggy RangeNew Zealand
31Château MargauxFrance
32Campo ViejoSpain
33Château Haut-BrionFrance
34NederburgSouth Africa
35Château Mouton-RothschildFrance
36Bruce JackSouth Africa
37Bodegas AbadalSpain
39Gallo Family VineyardsUSA
41Louis LatourFrance
43Ramón BilbaoSpain
44Oyster BayNew Zealand
45Royal TokajiHungary
47Raventós CordoníuSpain
48Santa RitaChile
50La Rioja AltaSpain
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