World’s best vineyards for 2020 revealed

Exploring a region’s local wines and vineyards is something many travellers love to do while they’re overseas. But what would make that experience even better is knowing you’re visiting one of the best vineyards in the world. 

This year the World’s Best Vineyards awards, which determines the Top 50 wine tourism destinations in the world, took place virtually. Coming out on top, for the second year running was Argentina’s Zuccardi Valle de Uco, located at the foot of the Andes mountains, followed by Bodega Garzon in Uruguay which offers an impressive program of tastings and events. Ranking in third place is Domäne Wachau in Austria which jumped up from 16th position last year. 

World's Best Vineyards:
Zuccardi Valle de Uco, Argentina was voted the World’s Best Vineyard for 2020. | Image: World’s Best Vineyards

The World’s Best Vineyards list seeks to raise the profile of wine tourism, and with the difficult circumstances the travel industry has faced this year, it’s hoped that the announcement of the Top 50 will encourage travel to these outstanding destinations once doors begin to open to visitors again. 

The list also seeks to recognise the diversity across established and emerging wine tourism destinations. This year’s Top 50 vineyards 18 countries which included first-time winners from India (KRSMA Estates), Bulgaria (Wine Cellar Villa Melnik) and Japan (Château Mercian Mariko Winery). In total, there were 17 new destinations in this year’s Top 50. 

The awards are based on nominations from a Voting Academy made up of more than 500 wine experts who are equally spread across the globe to ensure it is representative.

World's Best Vineyards: Château Mercian Mariko Winery, Japan. Image: World's Best Vineyards
Château Mercian Mariko Winery, Japan. Image: World’s Best Vineyards

On a local front,  there were three Australian vineyards on the list, all in South Australia – Penfolds Magill Estate (24th), Henschke (25th and new to the list) and d’Arenberg (34th). As for New Zealand, Rippon in the Wanaka region on the South Island was ranked 13th and The Best Vineyard in Australasia, followed by Craggy Range south of Napier on the North Island which ranked 17th. See the full list below. 

World's Best Vineyards: Rippon, New Zealand. | Image: World's Best Vineyards
Rippon, New Zealand was voted the best Vineyard in Australasia. | Image: World’s Best Vineyards

The World’s Best Vineyards 2020 Top 50 list:

Vineyard nameCountry2019 position
1Zuccardi Valle de UcoArgentina 1
2Bodega GarzónUruguay2
3Domäne WachauAustria 19
5Robert Mondavi WineryUnited States 12
6Bodegas de los Herederos del Marqués de RiscalSpain 9
7Château Smith Haut LafitteFrance16
8Quinta do CrastoPortugal4
9Antinori nel Chianti ClassicoItaly18
10VIK Winery Chile14
11Catena ZapataArgentina5
12Fürst von Metternich-Winneburg’sche Domäne Schloss JohannisbergGermany  21
13RipponNew Zealand 8
14Delaire Graff EstateSouth Africa 39
15Weingut Dr. LoosenGermany10
16Ridge Vineyards Monte BelloUnited StatesNEW
17Craggy RangeNew Zealand11
18González Byass – Bodega Tio PepeSpainNEW
19Château Pichon BaronFranceNEW
20Opus One WineryUnited States19
23Bodegas SalenteinArgentina26
24Penfolds Magill EstateAustralia13
26Bodega BouzaUruguay44
27Clos ApaltaChile6
28Champagne TaittingerFranceNEW
29Champagne Billecart-SalmonFranceNEW
30Château Mercian Mariko WineryJapan NEW
31Château d’YquemFranceNEW
32Bodegas REChile32
33Château Mouton RothschildFrance39
35Viña ErrázurizChile17
38Château OumsiyatLebanonNEW
39Wine Cellar Villa MelnikBulgariaNEW
40Viña Casas del BosqueChile30
42Familia TorresSpain28
44Maison RuinartFrance46
45Domaine Marcel DeissFranceNEW
46KRSMA EstatesIndiaNEW
47Stag’s Leap Wine CellarsUnited StatesNEW
48Château HeritageLebanon49
49Quinta do NovalPortugalNEW

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Feature image: Robert Mondavi Winery, USA. | Image: World’s Best Vineyards

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