South Australian wines top world rankings

Two of the three best-rated wines in the world come from the Barossa, according to wine review app Vivino and its more than 67 million users.

Jan 29, 2024, updated Jan 31, 2024
Rob Gibson and Ben Glaetzer's wines have recieved the highest-ranking in the world on wine app Vivino. Photo: Gibson Wines

Rob Gibson and Ben Glaetzer's wines have recieved the highest-ranking in the world on wine app Vivino. Photo: Gibson Wines

The Barossa wineries released data from Vivino today, showing that Rob Gibson of Gibson Wines and Ben Glaetzer of Glaetzer Wines have begun 2024 on equal standing on the top of Vivino’s user ratings.

Gibson’s 2008 Bin 60 Cabernet Shiraz and Glaetzer’s 2018 Eye of Rã Shiraz share the top spot with French-made 2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Not for You! by Pierre Usseglio, of which just one barrel is made, and costs AUD $715 a bottle.

Vivino, which claims to be the most downloaded wine app globally, allows people to scan wine labels to see reviews and get more information about a wine and its makers.

Both Barossa wines received 4.8 out of 5 stars to take out the top spot among 17.3 million wines listed on the app.

Gibson’s Bin 60 Cabernet Shiraz was made in 2008 to commemorate his 60th birthday.

The wine was released to the public in 2021, with less than 100 bottles remaining of the 2000 made. It retails at $385 a bottle.

About to start his 51st vintage, Gibson said he was unaware of the wine’s top rating until a collector pointed it out to him.

“I guess what is special, is that our down-to-earthiness can match it with the best of 245,000 other wineries of the world on Vivino,” Gibson said.

One Vivino user said the Bin 60 Shiraz was “one of, if not the best” they had tasted, with another saying it was “out of this world”.

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Glaetzer’s Eye of Rã Shiraz, which costs $660 a bottle, is limited to just three bottles per customer.

“It took over 30 years of learning, hard work and discovering the potential of the vines before the Eye of Ra became possible,” Glaetzer said.

“I always knew it would be hard work, but well worth the effort. I’m glad that other wine lovers agree.”

One Vivino user said the Shiraz was “almost perfect… one of the best wines I’ve ever tried”.

Vivino says it has information from over 240,000 wineries from 3400 wine regions globally, with over 289 million ratings given.

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