Two Aussie Shiraz crowned ‘Best in Show’ at the world’s largest and most influential wine competition

Australia’s Barossa region has proven its ability to produce world-class shiraz by winning two coveted ‘Best in Show’ awards at the 2022 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) last night for wines from each of the Barossa’s two valleys; Eden Valley and Barossa Valley.

Even more remarkable is that both awards were received by the one producer, Sons of Eden, for their Romulus old vine Barossa Valley Shiraz 2019 and Remus old vine Eden Valley Shiraz 2019.

In its 19th year, the 2022 DWWA is judged by top wine experts from across the globe, and is trusted internationally for its rigorous judging process. This year’s expert judging panel included almost 300 international wine experts, including more that 60 Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers.

After a record-breaking year for total wines tasted in 2021, the record was topped again this year with 18,244 wines judged from 54 countries.

Awarded to just 50 wines, this year’s Best in Show winners represent only 0.27% of the total wines tasted, and of the competitions top 50 wines six came from Australia.

Commenting on the competition’s top accolade, Best in Show, Co-Chair Andrew Jefford explained. “By the time a wine comes to be considered for Best in Show it’s already come through its panel as a Gold, it’s come through the second judging week where we find our Platinums. It’s already Gold to Platinum so it’s a super wine. After that we’re looking for a selection of wines that we really believe are outstanding examples of their style, as well as a well-balanced selection.”

The two Best in Show awards follow two Platinum medals from the previous year’s awards further reinforcing Sons of Eden’s expertise as producers of fine wine.

Owned by winemaker, Corey Ryan and viticulturalist, Simon Cowham, the duo have collectively amassed over 50 vintages in the Barossa and are proving themselves to be a formidable team and absolute experts in the region.

“We have long-known the ability of the Barossa to produce world class Shiraz and we are seeing the power of these old treasured vines from both the Eden Valley and Barossa Valley produce outstanding wines”, said Sons of Eden Owners Simon Cowham and Corey Ryan.  

“We couldn’t be happier with these results. Awards like these help show the world that Australia, and especially our beloved Barossa, continues to produce excellent wines.” Cowham and Ryan said.

The 2019 Sons of Eden ‘Romulus’ Barossa Valley Old Vine Shiraz and the 2019 Sons of Eden ‘Remus’ Old Vine Eden Valley Shiraz have a RRP of $80 / bottle and will be released early 2023.

Visit to view a full list of winners.

Visit to view a full list of winners.


For further information or images, please contact Kate Kriven on 0416 924 061 or email or contact Simon or Corey directly on;

·       Simon Cowham – or 0411 560 038

·       Corey Ryan – or 0448 810 080

Visit for more information on Sons of Eden Wines.

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Sons of Eden was created in 2000 when two ‘sons’ of Eden Valley, Viticulturalist, Simon Cowham and Winemaker, Corey Ryan came together to craft wines with provenance through minimal intervention and hands on expertise. They discovered that together, they could control the entire winemaking process: from what happens in the vineyard right through to winemaking and bottling. This total control, along with a shared belief that winemaking begins in the vineyard and that less interference in the winemaking process the better, has bestowed them with a number of top awards. Sons of Eden has been awarded five red-stars in the James Halliday Companion for eight consecutive years and in 2013 were awarded the prestigious Barossa Winemaker of the Year.




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