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The 10 best wines in the world - top list

The Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, the Château Pétrus or the Château Lafite-Rothschild are undoubtedly among the best wines and wineries on our globe - due to their fame.

Making a list of the best wines in the world is arguably an unrealistic endeavor. It should be noted that, according to conservative estimates, there should be up to 20,000 different grape varieties. Around 15 percent of these are approved for viticulture.

A list of these grape varieties - starting with A as in Abbuoto to Z as in Zweigelt - which is not nearly complete with around 1,500 grape varieties, can be looked up on Wikipedia. List grape varieties wines

Given this proportion, the selection of the top wines should be more than questionable. In addition, with these almost 3,000 grape varieties approved for viticulture, countless wineries operate on several million hectares of vineyards, which increases the number of drinkable wines in the world by an exponential factor.

For information: In Germany alone, there are over 12,000 wineries registered that are engaged in commercial viticulture. If you then add France, Italy, Spain and the rest of the world to this, you will realize how many different wines there have to be.

Even if almost 30 billion liters (300 million hectoliters) of wine are drunk worldwide every year, for a wide variety of reasons, only a negligibly small proportion enjoy an award.

Awards or nominations for wine

An award or nomination for the world's best wines is more of a list of the most famous and historical wineries and usually also the most expensive items. All lists with the attributes "best" and "most expensive" should be "enjoyed" with caution.

It should be very noticeable that a high proportion of the best wines come from the well-known French appellation Bordeaux.

At the award or nomination, the tasted wines are known to the testers in advance; because it can be proven that the well-known wines do not occupy the top positions in blind tastings.

A list of the best wines should therefore not be seen as a set. Although our editorial team has tried to select the wines that enjoy the highest reputation worldwide, the list can vary from person to person. Here is our list.
  1. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, from Burgundy (France)
  2. Château Pétrus, from Bordeaux, (France)
  3. Château Lafite-Rothschild, from Bordeaux (France)
  4. Château Cheval Blanc, from Bordeaux (France)
  5. Château Latour, from Bordeaux (France)
  6. Vega Sicilia from Ribera del Duero (Spain)
  7. Château Haut-Brion, from Bordeaux (France)
  8. Château Margaux, from Bordeaux (France)
  9. Château Mouton-Rothschild, from Bordeaux (France)
  10. Penfolds - Grange Bin 95 Shiraz (Australia)

1. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

TheDomaine de la Romanée-Conti is based in the French Burgundy. Their history makes the wines of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti extremely valuable, which translates as very expensive.

According to the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, only about 6,000 bottles are filled each year; they are already completely sold before bottling, as the best restaurants in the world also want to position the best wines in the world in their wine cellars. And some wines from the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti are very good on the wine list.

2. Château Pétrus

The market for fine Merlots from Bordeaux-based Château Pétrus was also sold long before it was bottled. Only selected wine merchants with a high reputation can enjoy wines from the house Château PétrusTo be able to offer.

3. Château Lafite-Rothschild

Château Lafite-Rothschild, not to be confused with the Château Mouton-Rothschild, although the latter is also one of the best wineries in the world, occupies a special position in the world of top wines. As early as 1855, the Lafite-Rothschild winery was crowned Premier Cru Classé. The banking family at the time received another honor.

4. Château Cheval Blanc

If there was such a thing as drinkable elegance, then it should Cheval Blanc are on the label. Pure finesse, paired with spicy exoticism, an extremely seductive Bordeaux.

5. Château Latour

The giant in the red wine world. Monumental and inaccessible in youth, evolves Latour a delight over the years. It is one of the most storable wines of all.

6. Vega Sicilia - Unico Reserva Especial

A special feature, because the Reserva Especial from Vega Sicilia is a blend from several vintages and is brought onto the market when it is really ready to drink.

7. Château Haut-Brion

A winery with a long history. The wines were exported to England under the name Pontac three hundred and fifty years ago. Today this world-class wine is enjoyed globally.

8. Château Margaux

For true wine lovers this is the Margaux the most sensual Bordeaux. Its texture is like velvet and silk, the elegance of this first generation is hard to beat.

9. Château Mouton-Rothschild

baron Philippe de Rothschild has succeeded in upgrading his beloved Mouton from a second to a first crop. With vintages like 1945, 1947, 1955, 1959 and 1961, Mouton had long been at the top of the wine world.

10. Penfolds - Grange Bin 95 Shiraz

Australia's statement on international wine culture and the world's best wine made from the Syrah variety. The Penfolds Grange is a prime example of a concept wine, so far the most important contribution from the New World.

Coravin and the Model Eleven

Anyone who owns rare wines will certainly be familiar with the Coravin wine system. Coravin is a sophisticated system with which you can take wine from a bottle without opening the cork. The Model Eleven the latest Coravin wine system on the market and arrived in our editorial office. We use the Coravin Model Eleven for wines where we know that we don't want to empty the bottle on a day or evening, no matter how tempting the content. This enables us to follow the development of the wine.

Wine and art

If you are interested in wine and art, we recommend the book by TreTorri Verlag “Château Mouton Rothschild - Wine and Art, 1924/1945 - 2011”. Ralf Frenzel spans the history of the famous château, viticulture in Pauillac and the Rothschilds' relationship to art. ISBN: 978-3-944628-39-4

The labels have been designed by artists since 1924, the first being Jean Carlu. From the year 1945 up to the year 2011 there are seamless artist portraits and corresponding tasting notes.