The Great Wine Capitals is a Network of ten major global cities in both the northern and southern hemispheres, which share a key economic and cultural asset: their internationally renowned wine regions.
Get to know the finest wine regions in the world. This astonishing network of wine regions spans old and new world tastes and offers an exceptional guide to international wine tourism travel experiences.
Welcome to the Great Wine Capitals
Discover the hidden gems of the ten greatest cities and wine regions in the world.
Discover the Regional Tour GuidesVIEW EACH CITY’S TOUR GUIDE
Meet The Great
Find Your Intern /
Great Wine Capitals
BEST OF WINE TOURISM
Discover the 2018
Top Wine Destinations
An international panel of experts examined applications from each of the wine regions in the Network, in seven categories covering the whole spectrum of wine tourism.
Great Wine Capitals Blog
This is where the westerly winds blow through the valley, bringing the fresh breeze that speaks of freedom, strength, renewal. Westwind Wines is the name of a traditional winery in the middle of Wachenheim, right on the border between the two wine regions of Rheinhessen and the Palatinate. It's aptly named indeed: In the middle of the ancient village, Thilo and Jochen Hein set a daring new building – a modern tower with a bright-green gate and a spectacular inside which now inspires wine-tasters and the winemakers alike.
But it is the inside and the downstairs for which the Hein family won the Best of Wine Tourism Award 2018 for sustainability: Solar panels on the barn and a heating system that runs with vine stock wood from the vineyards. And downstairs, old stones are formed onto a Lapidarium in the ages-old cellars. A small staircase leads into a concrete cellar. Here, oak barrels contain the estate's red wines, and from here, passages connect the modern with the ancient cellars underneath the winery.
Adelaide is eagerly looking forward to hosting the Great Wine Capitals of the World Network Annual General Meeting in 2018.
Plan your wine tour.
Visit the Great Wine Capitals and their wine regions with our travel experts.Visit the Travel Network
Find 2019 Best of Wine Tourism Winners by Map
Find out your next Best Of Wine Tourism experience in one of our awarded wineries located in the 10 renowned cities of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.