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Australian wines are world renowned and increasingly sought after in the international wine market. This FACT indicates the state with the highest number of high quality wines, according to Langton's 2013 rankings.
Langtons is an independent industry body which ranks Australian wines according to the following classifications: Exceptional, Outstanding, Excellent and Distinguished.
The body defines 'exceptional wines' as the most highly sought-after and prized Australian wines on the market. Outstanding wines are benchmark quality wines with a very strong market following. Excellent wines are high-performing wines of exquisite quality, achieving slightly lower values and market interest. Distinguished wines are secondary market staples or emerging classics, which are sometimes undervalued by the market.
The quality of the wine in each state is derived by counting the high quality wines (exceptional, outstanding, excellent and distinguished) and grouping them relative to their state origin. The state with the highest number of quality wines is South Australia with 70. The state with the lowest is tied between Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory with 0.