After a challenging year for Australia’s wine producers, the growing number of local winemakers on the list is a promising sign for Australian wineries eager to break new ground in international markets and demonstrate the increasing quality of Australian wines. McWilliam’s joins other familiar Australian producers on the list, including Penfolds (#2), 19 Crimes (#18), Henschke (#21), Yellow Tail (#24), and Yalumba (#33). 

The debut of McWilliam’s Wines to #45 on the list reflects the significant development in the winery’s journey over the last two years. The sixth-generation family winery boasts over 140 years of winemaking history, embodied through its rich portfolio of premium wines.

This global recognition comes a year after the winery was purchased by its Riverina neighbours, Calabria Family Wine Group, proving the partnership between the two family wineries is already off to a promising start. 

Sixth-generation Global Brand Ambassador Scott McWilliam said of the accolade: “The growing collection of Australian wineries on this distinguished list is hugely exciting for our industry. We commend all of the notable Australian producers who have received a mention this year.  

“For McWilliam’s Wines to earn a spot among the most respected wineries in the world is a testament to our perseverance, rich heritage, and unique partnership that we have formed with Calabria Family Wines.”

The complete list is available on the Drinks International website here.

Editor’s note: Drinks International listed McWilliam’s Wines as a ‘re-entry’ into the list at the time of publishing. The Drinks International team has confirmed this was an error, and McWilliam’s is a new entry into the list. 


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