Top 50 wines of the year 2013

From more than 3,200 wines recommended in Decanter over thepast year, our tastings team has picked out not only the highest-scoring but alsothe best-value wines.

During 2013 our experts have highlighted a wealth of fantastic wines that deserve your attention. Our writers, the most respected in the wine world, have explored regions across the globe – some relatively undiscovered, others household names – hand-picking for these pages the very best bottles they discover on their travels.

Closer to home, via the Weekday Wines section, our tasting team is constantly sampling and reviewing more affordable, accessible wines available on the shelves of UK wine merchants and high street stores.

Finally, our monthly panel tastings – where all the wines are tasted blind – are a valuable tool thanks to their focused, indepth investigations into specific regions. Our judges are among the finest palates to be found, and the panels regularly comprise Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers, each chosen for their expertise in whichever region finds itself under the spotlight.

We have pored over every page of the past 12 issues and selected 50 of the highest scoring wines recommended in 2013. Our aim is to deliver a diverse selection: one that guarantees fantastic value for money, whatever the price level, and that brings attention to wines from a variety of countries and regions.

As price and UK availability were taken into account when deciding on the chosen 50, there may be instances where a wine was marginally outscored in a tasting, but made the final cut due to its outstanding value for money. Wines here have been ordered by score and then (in wines of the same score) by price, with the cheapest ranked highest. Where there is a price band, the minimum price was used in the ranking.

With something for everyone, the following pages feature some incredible buys, which truly underline the diverse and exciting nature of the world wine scene today. All come with a Decanter stamp of approval.

These top 50 wines are listed here in one handy guide, with updated UK prices and stockists