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Seppeltsfield won the international award for the Best in Wine Tourism Services category in Porto, Portugal on 10 November 2016.  Seppeltsfield Proprietor and Managing Director Warren Randall said "This award signals a completed transition of Seppeltsfield from a staid - albeit it historic - wine property, to a dynamic and multi-experiential destination, where wine, regional food and art are equally celebrated and promoted. The Barossa and South Australia can be proud of a now internationally – benchmarked tourism asset. It’s now time to promote this achievement and capitalise on any visitation potential."

The highlight of any dining experience at the Abrasado restaurant at Bodega Los Toneles is the steak. It stole the show as the main course - tender, full of flavour and cooked a perfect pink (or however you like it). The plate was scattered with local aromatics which added a depth to the flavour and complimented the slight smokiness from the grill. This steak alone was reason enough for Abrasado to win the Great Wine Capitals Best Restaurant in Mendoza award.

Vis-à-Vis is one of the leading restaurants in the small village of Osthofen near Worms. For their combination of regionally inspired gourmet food, an extensive wine menu from Rheinhessen and the beautiful setting within an old cow chapel, the Spiess family won the Great Wine Capital Best of Award 2017 in the category Wine Restaurants.

If you’re familiar with the Great Wine Capitals blog you will know that a winery can win awards in several categories for their excellence in wine tourism. Château Agassac is one of these lucky properties as, since the beginning of these awards, they have won several of them – and this year is no exception with their recognition for Best Of Wine Tourism for their restaurant: La Table d’Agassac.

Ricardo and José Miguel Arambarri of the Vintae group are well known in the Rioja region for their novel approach to wine marketing.  So it was no surprise that they were the driving force behind Wine Fandango. This wine, tapas and cocktail bar and restaurant has quickly become one of Logroño’s favorite watering holes and received a special jury award at the Bilbao-Rioja 'Best Of Wine Tourism awards ceremony.

Skillogalee remains one of the cornerstones of the Clare Valley's ever expanding food and wine tourism industry and sets the standard for combining a winery, cellar door, restaurant and accommodation.

Conn Creek Winery’s enduring commitment to Bordeaux-styled red wines started in 1973. Conn Creek was among a small group leading a renaissance of the Napa Valley and played an important part in establishing Napa Valley’s reputation as a fine wine-growing region. 

I received an invitation from Turismo do Porto! An invitation to visit the Quinta de Santa Cristina in Celorico de Basto. The reason?

Quinta de Santa Cristina was honored with the Best Of Wine Tourism award in the category Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

I was curious and decided to accept. And that's what I did best!

The best thing about visiting a winery is seeing all the action as it happens: the grapes being picked in the vineyard, brought into the winery and then moving into the tanks where they start their incredible transformation into wine. Being among the hubbub of harvest is the most exciting moment of the year and gives you a profound understanding of how wine is made.

So what happens if you are visiting in January?

Winery Eva Vollmer in Mainz offers unique laid-back wine-lingerings along with splendid wines and new radical ideas. "Laid-back wine-lingering", Eva calls these events – and it's precisely for these innovative wine tourism concepts that she was awarded the Best of Wine Tourism Award of the Great Wine Capitals in 2017.

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