Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine is a ‘form guide’ of Australia’s best performing and most prized wines. It was first published in 1990 to create interest and build demand in the fledgling Australian fine wine market. Followed by wine collectors and wine trade around the world, it has become an Australian institution with a prestigious international currency. It is arguably the most famous and widely respected wine Classification outside of Europe.
Langton’s Classification V comprises 123 ultra-fine Australian wines, each with a reputation for consistency and provenance. Revised every five years, the Classification demonstrates an evolving Australian wine making culture at the forefront of innovation and excellence in the world of fine wine. It also reflects a continuing momentum towards single vineyard wines and regional identity. It maintains a strong emphasis on red wines, particularly labels with renowned cellaring potential.
Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine comprises four categories:
|The most highly sought after and prized first-growth type Australian wine on the market.|
|Benchmark quality wines with a very strong market following.|
|High performing wines of exquisite quality with solid volume of demand.|
|Fine wine market staples or emerging classics.|
What are the criteria for inclusion in the Classification?
The Classification works on the essential elements of track record and reputation, both of which are measured through market presence, consistency, volume of demand and price realisations. A wine must have 10 vintages made to be considered for the Classification. This principle is designed to allow a wine to build up a track record and reputation.
Further reading and a detailed listing of the wines in the Classification can be found here
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