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The World´s best vineyards

The World's Best Vineyards list recognises the best wine tourism destinations across the globe. At this year’s presentation in Rioja, Spain, the ranking of the 50 Best for the coming year was announced.

There was great excitement ahead of the announcement of the best 50 wine destinations in the world at the Beronia winery in the Spanish region of Rioja. Top wineries from all corners of the earth presented their wines to the invited VIPs and then took their seats on the red carpet in front of the winery. With charm and wit, Englishman Tim Atkin MW led the presentation of the most beautiful wine tourism destinations the world has to offer. In the end, Catena Zapata from Argentina came in first with winemaker Laura Catena, who had travelled to the event in person, receiving a standing ovation. The Mayan temple-inspired winery in the shape of a pyramid alone is an attraction, but the wines of the family, which Laura presented personally ahead of the announcement, are even more so.

In second place among the World's Best Vineyards is Marques de Riscal in Rioja, one of the most spectacular wine-tourism buildings in Europe. Designed by the Canadian Frank O. Gehry, the wine hotel with its curved, gleaming façade has long been an icon of modern wine architecture. In third place, Chile is represented by the VIK winery, which not only has an architecturally outstanding winery, but also a luxury hotel. With its gleaming roof construction, it is reminiscent of the Rioja icon in the previous rank.

Germany and Austria in the Top 15

Destinations in the German-speaking countries were also honoured: in 14th place on this year's list was the Austrian Domäne Wachau; in 12th place the Dr. Loosen wine estate on the Mosel; and in eighth place Schloss Johannisberg in the Rheingau.

The Top 50 list of the World’s Best Vineyards is determined by wine tourism experts from a wide range of countries and regions. Each region is headed by a chairperson who recruits 36 wine and travel experts in his or her region to vote that year. There is no set checklist of criteria or predefined list from which to choose. The experts are therefore free to pick from wineries they have recently visited and which are open to the public.

The Top 50 at a glance

  1. Catena Zapata
  2. Bodegas de los Herederos del Marqués de Riscal
  3. VIK
  4. Creation
  5. Château Smith Haut Lafitte
  6. Bodega Garzón
  7. Montes
  8. Johannisberg Castle
  9. Bodegas Salentein
  10. El Enemigo Wines
  11. Rippon
  12. Winery Dr. Loosen
  13. Finca Victoria – Durigutti Family Winemakers
  14. Domain Wachau
  15. Quinta do Crasto
  16. Quinta do Noval
  17. d'Arenberg
  18. Château d'Yquem
  19. Château Pape Clément
  20. Jordan Vineyard & Winery
  21. González Byass – Bodegas Tio Pepe
  22. Maison Ruinart
  23. Champagne Bollinger
  24. Bodega Colomé
  25. Viñedos de Alcohuaz
  26. Henschke
  27. Abadía Retuerta
  28. Brooks Wine
  29. Ceretto
  30. Bodega Bouza
  31. Champagne Billecart-Salmon
  32. Little Constantia Winery
  33. Château Pichon Baron
  34. Château de Beaucastel
  35. Szepsy Winery
  36. Delaire Graff Estate
  37. Viña Casas del Bosque
  38. Château Mercian Mariko Winery
  39. Clos Apalta
  40. Graham's Port Lodge
  41. Château Kefraya
  42. Quinta do Seixo (Sandeman)
  43. Viu Manent
  44. Penfolds Magill Estate
  45. Disznókő
  46. Veuve Clicquot
  47. Château Mukhrani
  48. Bodega Diamandes
  49. Bodegas Muga
  50. Viña Errázuriz

Benjamin Herzog
Benjamin Herzog
Chefredaktion Schweiz
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