Rioja outperformed all other regions with 23 wines in the top 124 , but this year's results reveal a more even playing field for Spain. The DOs of Valdeorras, Bierzo, Plá de Bages, Binissalem (Mallorca), Arribes and Méntrida all take a bow, as well as the Vino de la Tierra designations of Extremadura and Cádiz.
The judges were also very impressed with the entries for sherry - 20 are listed, well up from 12 last year, as well as two Montilla wines.
OLN's Tim Atkin led a 16-strong team of judges who put nearly 900 wines under scrutiny. The team included off-trade buyers James Snoxell from Direct Wines, Matt Pym from Majestic and Jonathan Butt of Wine Rack.
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