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March 25th, 2022

California's 'Grand Cru' List Unveiled

California's 'Grand Cru' List Unveiled

The first ever record of Californian producers whose “quality, availability and impact” have left a lasting impression in the UK. Joseph Phelps Vineyards is honored to be among the estates on the list.

Inspired by the 1855 Classification in Bordeaux and Langton’s Classification of Australian wine, the California Wine Institute UK has produced The California List, a list of 51 seminal Californian wine producers that it hopes recognizes the ‘best in class’.
The California List is a list of the top Californian wine producers – estates renowned for their quality, fame and overall impact in the UK – as chosen by a five-strong panel made up of writers Jancis Robinson MW and Stephen Brook, wine buyers Sarah Knowles MW and Mark Andrew MW and chief executive of the Court of Master Sommeliers Europe, Ronan Sayburn MS. Like the 1855 Classification the list focuses on the producers and not individual wines.

The California List’s 51 estates
These are the wineries picked as the most vital for the UK market:
Arnot-Roberts, Au Bon Climat, Bond, Cain, Cardinale, Caymus, Chanin, Chateau Montelena, Colgin, Corison, Dalla Valle, Diamond Creek, Domaine de la Côte, Dominus, Dunn, Eisele, Frog’s Leap, Harlan, Heitz Cellars, Hirsch, Hyde de Villaine, Inglenook, Joseph Phelps, Kistler, Kongsgaard, Kutch, Littorai, Matthiasson, Mayacamas, Mount Eden, Opus One, Peter Michael, Radio Coteau, Ramey, Ridge, Robert Mondavi, Roederer Estate, Sandhi, Schramsberg, Screaming Eagle, Seghesio, Shafer, Silver Oak, Sine Qua Non, Spottswoode, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Staglin, Tablas Creek, Turley, Vérité and Williams Selyem.

Congratulations to our fellow California wineries also included!

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