Special Report

The 50 Best Wines in the World According to the Experts

alvarez / Getty Images

Like taste in general, taste in wine is highly subjective, influenced by such factors as the taster’s experience, cultural preferences, body chemistry, even mood. That said, some tasting panels are more credible than others and some wine competitions are justly seen as reliable indicators of wine quality.

The UK-based international wine publication Decanterdoes a pretty good job in that regard. Without false modesty, it describes its annual World Wine Awards event as being “the world’s largest and most influential wine competition” — and many consumers and members of the wine trade would doubtless agree. (You don’t have to be a wine expert yourself to learn these 13 ways to tell if a wine is actually really good.)

This June, Decanter assembled about 170 experienced tasters — including 11 Master Sommeliers and 44 Masters of Wine — to taste 18,094 wines from 56 countries. The 50 wines that earned the highest scores were awarded a Best in Show medal at an awards ceremony on July 7.

Some 17 countries made the cut, with three heavy hitters in the wine world perhaps not surprisingly earning the most places — France (15 entries), Spain (nine), and Italy (seven). Less expected might be one wine each from Canada (a Niagara Peninsula chardonnay), Georgia (a blend of cabernet sauvignon and an indigenous grape called sapervai, aged in clay pots), and the UK (a sparkler from Kent made with traditional Champagne varieties).

Some names on the list will be familiar to wine-lovers, among them the Champagne producer Charles Heidsieck, the Burgundy négociant and winemaker Albert Bichot, and the Napa Valley’s estimable Trefethen Family Vineyard. Others will be less so, among them St. Jodern Kellerei from Switzerland, Tselepos from Greece, and St. Andrea from Hungary. (If wine, familiar or otherwise, isn’t your thing, you might enjoy one of America’s 40 most delicious beers.)

Click here to see the 50 best wines in the world according to the experts

24/7 Tempo reviewed the results of Decanter’s tastings, which are arranged by country, and consulted the wine-price comparison site Wine-Searcherto add average prices where available. Global averages were computed by Wine-Searcher. 24/7 Tempo estimated average U.S. prices by averaging out the highest and lowest U.S. prices listed on the site.

Source: Courtesy of FinestWine.com

Argentina: Catena Zapata
> Wine: Nicasia Vineyard Malbec 2019
> Type: Red
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): $92 (U.S.; 2015 vintage)

[in-text-ad]

Source: Courtesy of Ponti Wine Cellars

Australia: Calabria
> Wine: The Iconic Shiraz 2018
> Type: Red
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): N/A

Source: Courtesy of Fermoy Margaret River

Australia: Fermoy Estate
> Wine: Reserve Chandonnay 2019
> Type: White
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): N/A

Source: Courtesy of Hidden Bench

Canada: Hidden Bench
> Wine: Felseck Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
> Type: White
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): N/A

[in-text-ad-2]

Source: Courtesy of Vinobucks

Chile: La Causa
> Wine:Cinsault-País-Carignan 2019
> Type: Red
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): N/A

Source: alvarez / Getty Images

France: Legras & Haas
> Wine: Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne 2008
> Type: Sparkling
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): $63 (global)

[in-text-ad]

Source: Courtesy of Wine.com

France: Charles Heidsieck
> Wine:Rosé Réserve Champagne NV
> Type: Sparkling
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): $56 (U.S.)

Source: Courtesy of Vinatis

France: Domaine Berthet-Bondet
> Wine:Château-Chalon 2013
> Type: White
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): $73 (global)

Source: Courtesy of iDealWine

France: Domaine Christian Moreau
> Wine: Valmur Chablis Grand Cru 2019
> Type: White
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): $82 (U.S.)

[in-text-ad-2]

Source: Courtesy of Lay & Wheeler

France: Albert Bichot
> Wine: Domaine du Clos Frantin Les Malconsorts Vosne-Romanée 2019
> Type: Red
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): $215 (U.S.)

Source: Courtesy of Justerini & Brooks

France: Château de Meursault
> Wine: Clos des Epenots Pommard 2019
> Type: Red
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): $113 (global)

[in-text-ad]

Source: Courtesy of douchywebshop.com

France: Xavier Mourier
> Wine: Domaine de Pierre Blanche Résurgence Condrieu 2019
> Type: White
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): $37 (global)

Source: Rostislav_Sedlacek / iStock via Getty Images

France: Janicot Vignobles
> Wine: Domaine de Meriguet Cahors 2018
> Type: Red
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): N/A

Source: Courtesy of iDealWine

France: Mas de la Séranne
> Wine: Terrasses du Larzac Antonin et Louis 2018
> Type: Red
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): $24 (global)

[in-text-ad-2]

Source: Courtesy of Cru-Wine

France: Château de la Chapelle
> Wine:Château de la Chapelle 2018
> Type: Red
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): N/A

Source: Courtesy of Exel Wines

France: Château Croix des Rouzes
> Wine:Château Croix des Rouzes 2018
> Type: Red
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): N/A

[in-text-ad]

Source: Courtesy of Perrine's Wine Shop

France: Château Pierre-Bise
> Wine:Savennières-Roche-aux-Moines 2018
> Type: White
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): $47 (U.S.)

Source: Courtesy of Wine Deals

France: Domaine Charles Gonnet
> Wine: Vin de Savoie Chignin-Bergeron 2020
> Type: White
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): N/A

Source: Courtesy of WeinPalais

France: LePlan-Vermeersch
> Wine:Côtes du Rhône Villages RS Rouge Plan de Dieu 2020
> Type: Red
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): $11 (global)

[in-text-ad-2]

Source: Courtesy of VinoCentral

France: Domaine Ray-Jane
> Wine: Bandol Rouge 2020
> Type: Red
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): N/A

Source: Courtesy of Wine in A Bottle

Germany: Fritz Wassmer
> Wine: Schlossberg Staufen Chardonnay 2018
> Type: White
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): N/A

[in-text-ad]

Source: Courtesy of Weinhandlung Hardy

Germany: Weingut Kreuzberg
> Wine: Devonschiefer R Reserve Spätburgunder 2018
> Type: Red
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): N/A

Source: Courtesy of Pearson's Wine & Spirits

Georgia: Kakhuri Gvinis Marani
> Wine: Qvevri Cabernet-Sapervi 2019
> Type: Red
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): N/A

Source: Courtesy of www.finding.wine

Greece: Tselepos Canava Chrissou
> Wine: Laudia Single Vineyard Santorini 2018
> Type: White
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): N/A

[in-text-ad-2]

Source: Courtesy of St. Andrea

Hungary: St. Andrea
> Wine: Nagy-Eged Vineyard Grand Superior Egri Bikavér 2017
> Type: Red
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): $27 (global)

Source: Courtesy of Castello di Berton Vini

Italy: Castello Berton
> Wine: 47/87 Rive Di Vidor Extra Dry Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Superiore 2019
> Type: Sparkling
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): N/A

[in-text-ad]

Source: Courtesy of Svinando

Italy: Casa Setaro
> Wine: Fuocoallegro Piedirosso Vesuvio 2019
> Type: Red
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): $11 (global)

Source: Courtesy of Ebay

Italy: Diego Morra
> Wine: Monvigliero Barolo 2016
> Type: Red
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): $51 (global)

Source: Courtesy of Wine.com

Italy: Castiglion del Bosco
> Wine: Brunello di Montalcino 2016
> Type: Red
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): $64 (U.S.)

[in-text-ad-2]

Source: Courtesy of Tannico

Italy: Muzic
> Wine: Collio Bianco Stare Brajde 2019
> Type: White
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): N/A

Source: Courtesy of Saratoga Wine Exchange

Italy: Broglia
> Wine: Broglia Derthona Timorasso 2018
> Type: White
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): $29 (U.S.)

[in-text-ad]

Source: Courtesy of Passione Toscana

Italy: Capezzano
> Wine: Carmignano Vin Santo Riserva 2013
> Type: Sweet
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): $145 (U.S.; 2012 vintage)

Source: Courtesy of Tohu Wines

New Zealand: Whenua
> Wine: Matua Chardonnay 2018
> Type: White
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): N/A

Source: Courtesy of Tanners Wine Merchants

Portugal: Gandarada
> Wine:Dão 2019
> Type: Red
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): N/A

[in-text-ad-2]

Source: Courtesy of Decantalo

Portugal: Primeiras Vinhas
> Wind:Alvarinho Monção e Melgaço Vinha Verde
> Type: White
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): N/A

Source: zoranm / Getty Images

Portugal: Henriques & Henriques
> Wine: 20-Year-Old Verdelho NV
> Type: Fortified
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): $140 (U.S.)

[in-text-ad]

Source: Courtesy of Bancroft Wines

South Africa: Cederberg
> Wine: Five Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
> Type: Red
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): $45 (global)

Source: Courtesy of Decantalo

Spain: Hacienda López de Haro
> Wine: Rioja Gran Reserva Classica 2004
> Type: Red
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): N/A

Source: Courtesy of Wijngemak.nl

Spain: Real Agrado
> Wine: Las Planas Viura Reserva 2016
> Type: White
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): N/A

[in-text-ad-2]

Source: Courtesy of Vivino

Spain: Finca Aylés
> Wine: Cuesta del Herrero 2020
> Type: Red
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): N/A

Source: Courtesy of Bodegas Jucar

Spain: Mar de Ons
> Wine:Albariño 2020
> Type: White
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): $19 (U.S.)

[in-text-ad]

Source: Courtesy of Bodegas Gallegas

Spain: Matilda Nieves
> Wine:Mencía Ribeira Sacra 2020
> Type: Red
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): N/A

Source: Courtesy of Vivino

Spain: Scala Dei
> Wine: Heretge Carinyena Priorat 2017
> Type: Red
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): N/A

Source: Courtesy of Red Wagon Shoppe

Spain: Familia Torres
> Wine: Grans Muralles Conca de Barberà  2017
> Type: Red
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): N/A

[in-text-ad-2]

Source: Courtesy of Grau Online

Spain: La Conreria d’Scala Dei
> Wine: Voltons Priorat 2017
> Type: Red
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): $59 (global)

Source: Courtesy of First Bottle Wines

Spain: Osborne
> Wine: Rare Amontillado Solera AOS NV
> Type: Fortified
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): $370 (500 ml)

[in-text-ad]

Source: Courtesy of Hischier Weine

Switzerland: St. Jodern Kellerei
> Wine: Heida Barrique 2018
> Type: White
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): $32 (global)

Source: Courtesy of Squerryes

United Kingdom: Squerryes
> Wine: Late Disgorged Brut 2011
> Type: Sparkling
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): N/A

Source: Courtesy of BuyWinesOnline.com

United States: Trefethen
> Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
> Type: Red
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): $46 (U.S.)

[in-text-ad-2]

Source: Courtesy of Stirling Fine Wines

United States: Hahn Family Wines
> Wine: Lucienne Smith Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
> Type: Red
> Average U.S. or global price (750 ml): $44 (U.S.)

Take This Retirement Quiz To Get Matched With An Advisor Now (Sponsored)

Are you ready for retirement? Planning for retirement can be overwhelming, that’s why it could be a good idea to speak to a fiduciary financial advisor about your goals today.

Start by taking this retirement quiz right here from SmartAsset that will match you with up to 3 financial advisors that serve your area and beyond in 5 minutes. Smart Asset is now matching over 50,000 people a month.

Click here now to get started.

Thank you for reading! Have some feedback for us?
Contact the 24/7 Wall St. editorial team.