Announcing the International Wine of the Year Winner for 2016

After scouring the world’s finest wine regions, the search for our 2016 International Wine of the Year has now ended.

Our Tasting Panel went looking for six finalists that stood above all else in terms of flavour, complexity, quality and value, but in the end only one would emerge victorious as our 2016 International Wine of the Year. That wine is the truly majestic Santoro Terre Di Chieti I.G.P Sangiovese 2014.


Our Tasting Panel was unanimous in its praise, raving about the wine’s impeccable balance and incredible purity of flavour. It’s a wine that leaves a lasting impression and is definitely one that keeps you coming back for more.

What makes this wine so special?

Santoro Terre Di Chieti I.G.P Sangiovese 2014 is made from Sanigovese, which is Italy’s most famous grape variety. It’s best known as the primary variety used to make Chianti and accounts for around 10% of all grapes planted in Italy


Andrew Caillard MW, who headed up the Tasting Panel loved the wine’s “delicious cherry, plum and herb flavours”, and commented that “it’s an incredibly easy drinking wine, with a lovely, elegant texture that makes it so easy to pair with food.”


Andrew is a respected winemaker, wine judge, wine writer and a leading voice on the future of Australian wine. Andrew is also a co-founder of Langton’s, the fine wine specialists, auctioneers and the creators of the Langton's Classification of Australian Wine. His fellow judges included award-winning winemakers Gywn Olsen and Nick Badrice and respected wine educator Christine Ricketts. So when a wine receives unanimous praise from judges of this calibre, you know it’s got to be good.

Our International Wine of the Year

While it sounds like fun, and it was, we take tastings very seriously. Cellarmasters always strives to find exceptional wines that represent great value. This winner is one of those wines. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Reservations from Cellarmasters

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