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.
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.
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.
The World’s Best Vineyards 2020 Top 50 list:
|Vineyard name||Country||2019 position|
|1||Zuccardi Valle de Uco||Argentina||1|
|5||Robert Mondavi Winery||United States||12|
|6||Bodegas de los Herederos del Marqués de Riscal||Spain||9|
|7||Château Smith Haut Lafitte||France||16|
|8||Quinta do Crasto||Portugal||4|
|9||Antinori nel Chianti Classico||Italy||18|
|12||Fürst von Metternich-Winneburg’sche Domäne Schloss Johannisberg||Germany||21|
|14||Delaire Graff Estate||South Africa||39|
|15||Weingut Dr. Loosen||Germany||10|
|16||Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello||United States||NEW|
|17||Craggy Range||New Zealand||11|
|18||González Byass – Bodega Tio Pepe||Spain||NEW|
|19||Château Pichon Baron||France||NEW|
|20||Opus One Winery||United States||19|
|24||Penfolds Magill Estate||Australia||13|
|30||Château Mercian Mariko Winery||Japan||NEW|
|33||Château Mouton Rothschild||France||39|
|37||DOMAINE SIGALAS SA||Greece||35|
|39||Wine Cellar Villa Melnik||Bulgaria||NEW|
|40||Viña Casas del Bosque||Chile||30|
|45||Domaine Marcel Deiss||France||NEW|
|47||Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars||United States||NEW|
|49||Quinta do Noval||Portugal||NEW|
Find out more: worldsbestvineyards.com
Feature image: Robert Mondavi Winery, USA. | Image: World’s Best Vineyards