What is the Certificate of Excellence and Top Wineries list?

The Real Review Certificate of Excellence and Top Wineries list are initiatives that aim to identify, promote and reward wine excellence.

The Certificate of Excellence is an annual award presented to a select group of wineries that consistently produce excellent wine. The Top Wineries list is a national benchmark that shows where your favourite winery is ahead of its peers. Wineries must be awarded the year's Certificate of Excellence to be in the Top Wineries list for the same year.

Selection and eligibility

Certificate recipients are determined by a proprietary algorithm, which takes into account the rating and recency of reviews by The Real Review team over the assessment period.

To qualify for a Certificate and a place in the Top Wineries list, a winery must submit a set of wines that satisfies the following criteria and maintain a minimum weighted rating average:

  1. contains a minimum number of wine brands*
  2. each wine is the most recent vintage/bottling commercially available per wine brand
  3. each wine is no more than 12 years old, or is non-vintage
  4. reviewed by one or more of our wine writers within the assessment period

*The minimum number of wine brands required to qualify is based on the number in a winery's current range.

As a guideline, when producing a range of five wines or fewer, a winery should submit all current vintage wines for assessment. When a winery produces six or more wine brands, at least five must be reviewed within the assessment period, to be considered for a Certificate of Excellence.

A wine brand can be thought of as a wine label, for which there may be several vintages or bottlings. E.g. Penfolds Grange is considered a wine brand belonging to the winery Penfolds. 

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