Wineries to Watch
For our Annual Buying Guide, we comb through a year’s worth of tasting results to find the 100 best wineries of the year, the ones that set the bar for their regions with multiple wines having performed at a very high level.
And then our critics think about who we’ve discovered in the last year that might well make this list in the coming years. These are wineries that have been around for less than a decade—in many cases even less—and are already showing signs of greatness. Click through to read more about W&S's past Wineries to Watch.
Wineries to Watch in 2017:
At W&S, our tastings regularly turn up new talent, and we’re always happy to stumble across a winery whose wines seem just as accomplished as the stalwarts we know and love. Here are a dozen up-and-coming producers that sparked our attention with their recent releases—wineries we’ll be watching in the years to come.
Greece: Domaine Karanika
By Tara Q. Thomas
In the 1980s, while at university, Laurens Hartman ran a small business with his fraternity brothers, selling wine they’d bought on trips to ...Read more
By Patrick J. Comiskey
Former Bostonians Bill Sweat and Donna Morris bought the Goldschmidt Vineyard in 2006 and renamed it Winderlea. It’s a 20-acre mid-slope parcel in the Dundee ...Read more
By Luke Sykora
Mike and Carey Skinner were vacationing in the Sierra Foothills when they came across a reference to James Skinner’s winery. It turns out he was an ...Read more
Australia: Thistledown/One Chain
By Josh Greene
Giles Cook and Fergal Tynan met 16 years ago at a bar while studying for their Master of Wine exams. Then they met again as MWs, ...Read more
By Luke Sykora
Stephan and Emily Schindler jettisoned their LA television-production company soon after they launched Winemonger, their Austrian-focused wine import business, in 2003. They later moved north to Marin County, ...Read more