An appellation’s best vintage of a generation; a stellar second wine; wine in a can: These are just a few highlights of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 for 2022, which strives to showcase the most exciting wines our editors discovered in their blind tastings. The list paints a picture of the year in wine, from new releases of top vintages in key regions around the world to new and emerging trends in how we enjoy wine.
Our editors reviewed more than 8,800 wines during the past year. Nearly 60 percent of those rated 90 points or higher. From this pool, we selected our Top 100, evaluated for quality (based on score), value (based on price), availability (based on cases either made or imported into the United States) and, most importantly, the passion and story behind the wines, what we call the X-factor.
You’ll find some of the top wines from premier grape varieties and blue-chip appellations. California Cabernet, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir figure prominently on the strength of the 2019 vintage; Italy displays its muscle from Piedmont and Tuscany, and France’s Rhône Valley also shines.
Half of the Top 100 comprises wineries earning the honor for the first time; others are consistent performers with great track records vintage after vintage. The average score is 93 points, and the average price $63. There are 17 wines costing $100 or more; however, more than half the wines are priced less than $50, with 29 honorees costing $25 or less.
We hope you enjoy this exciting list of eminent wineries, new discoveries and excellent values that make up our Top 100 wines of 2022!