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Gemtree Wines - Best Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices 

Adelaide | South Australia

Heads up: the words ‘wine tourism’ always scare me a little bit. I have two images pop up in my mind when I see these two words strung together, and personally I do not think either of them is very pretty.

Acacia House by Chris Cosentino debuted in Napa Valley in May 2017. Offering an inventive approach to relaxed Napa Valley fare, Acacia House honors its Wine Country location with unique regional wines complemented by select European accents. Set within the historical Acacia House dating back to 1907, the restaurant reflects the rustic, convivial atmosphere of the former inn with updated elements from celebrated design team Yabu Pushelberg.

 

The menu is always changing but there may be pea soup with croutons, ham, charcuterie and cheese board, veal carpaccio with pink pepper and rocket and parmesan salad, filo pastry alheira, sweet-and-sour puff pastry with a Aneto rosé, wild game meat alheira wrapped in puff pastry with applesauce and cashew nuts and a few more starters that can also be used for snacking, which in itself can be a great meal.

Many Bordeaux chateaux welcome visitors to taste their wines alongside food, either opening restaurants or offering catering to clients and guests. Bordeaux is known as a food wine after all. A pioneer in Sauternes tourism, Chateau Guiraud is open for visits and tastings seven days a week, and has been for over 30 years, so it's fitting that they were the first amongst the 1er Grand Cru Classé Chateaux of Sauternes and Barsac to open an on-site restaurant in February 2018.

 

Trapiche is one of the most historical wineries in Mendoza, with a florentine building that was constructed in 1912. Although the building is historic, its restaurant is the epitome of modernity. A glass cubic structure sits between the vineyard and winery, with excellent views overlooking both. The restaurant also overlooks the kitchen garden, which is an important element in the cuisine of Espacio Trapiche — priding itself in using the freshest and most local ingredients.

The Lane – “Bring your tastebuds, leave your stilettos at home” 

Best Wine Tourism Restaurant

As soon as you drive up to visit the Lane in the Adelaide Hills you get a taste of the three-pronged attack on the accolade for Best Restaurant in the Great Wine Capitals Awards: The View.

Originally a 1940s roadside motel, the current incarnation of the Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa (CML) in the Napa Valley is inspired by “the Great American Road Trip of the 50s, 60s, and 70s.” Its new décor has a retro-chic vibe with mid-century modern furnishings. 

"We brought the Pinot Noir to our walls and onto the floor", Michael Werner says, pointing to the dark blue color that surrounds us. Indeed, the purple-blueish color reflects the red grapes that grow on the hills surrounding Ingelheim, this small city in Rheinhessen which has "Red Wine City" as its surname. In the dark blue sea at our Feet, grapevine leaves swim, gathering in droves in front of every doorstep.

Experience 7 days of fermentation in just 3 minutes: because to be virtually immersed in the bubbling purple liquid appeals to children of all ages.

Of all the prestigious wine properties of Bernard Magrez, Château La Tour Carnet is unique, as is immediately obvious when you drive up to the chateau and see the imposing edifice surrounded by a moat.
The French often translate Château into castle - it's not usually an exact translation but this time it is. 

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