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 have achieved a place in the annual Top Wineries list to be awarded a Certificate of Excellence 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 of two years.

Wines for the Certificate of Excellence and Top Wineries lists are tasted throughout the year.

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 submitted wine is a current release, i.e. the most recent vintage/bottling commercially available per wine brand
  3. each submitted 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. 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. 

When a winery produces a range of five wine brands or fewer, all current release wines should be submitted for assessment.

When a winery produces six or more wine brands, at least five current release wines must be reviewed within the assessment period, to be considered for a Certificate of Excellence.

When a winery only produces a single wine brand, a vertical of at least 3 consecutive vintages of the wine, including its current release, must be reviewed within the assessment period, to be considered for a Certificate of Excellence.

If you've received a Certificate of Excellence, congratulations! Learn more about our promotional tools and make the most of your awards.

Contact us if you haven't received your free copy within 2 weeks of the annual Top Wineries launch date.