The California List

1st April 2022

California , News

We are delighted that many of our California growers have been included in Edition 1 of ‘The California List’. A list of exceptional California producers renowned for their quality that have been the most important in creating and driving the California wine category in the UK.

The growers from our portfolio that have been included in the 1st edition are:

Harlan Estate


Shafer Vineyards

Turley Wine Cellars

Eisele Vineyard

The expert panel of judges tasked with deciding on the final list included; Jancis Robinson MW, Stephen Brook, Sarah Knowles MW, Mark Andrew MW and Ronan Sayburn MS. The judges were selected based on their profound depth of experience of California wine. This was not a wine competition, indeed there was no formal tasting as part of the judging process, but an exercise in bringing together a group of experts with diverse perspectives and opinions. The judges were asked to evaluate over 150 producers on three key criteria: Quality, Availability, and Impact.

The final version of The California List was decided after all scores were totalled and a robust zoom discussion by the Judges narrowed the contenders down to the final group.

The California List is intended to be a snapshot of California wine in the UK market at a single moment in time, so the inaugural List, this Edition 1, reflects the current state of play.

To view the list in full click here