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It it all started in 1984 with the 140th birthday of the Jean Buscher winery in Bechtheim. In that year, the basilika of Bechtheim was renovated, and church painter Hermann Gottried fell in love with the Buscher wines. His drafts and pictures for church windows were the first works of art that made their way into the Buscher wine cellar. "We didn't have a clue what we were doing", reminisces Senior Jean Michael, "but the visitors were enthralled."...

Delaire Graff Estate offers an incredible path between art, culture and wine; the owner, Laurence Graff believes wine has a unique relationship with art. The Cape Town | Cape Winelands global Best Of Wine Tourism 2016 winner offers the visitors an extraordinary private art collection.

Jamieson Ranch Vineyards believes wine has a unique relationship with music and art. The 2016 regional winner of a 'Best Of Wine Tourism' award for Art & Culture from San Francisco|The Napa Valley shows the work of ten influential street artists.

Casa Mirador at Viña Casas del Bosque, a stunning design by architect Matías Zegers, offers a perfect view of the Casablanca Valley.

Eva Eppard, chef at the Restaurant Kupferberg in Mainz, 2016 winner of a regional 'Best Of Wine Tourism' award in the Restaurant category, boldly reinterprets the cuisine of the region using high quality, locally sourced produce that is imaginatively paired with the best wines from the Rheinhessen.

In the middle of the building, in an inner courtyard of a farm cleverly transformed into a hotel by architect Fernando Coelho, something immediately caught my eye. On the roof, covered with a huge skylight which lit the common spaces magnificently, hung an enigmatic sculpture in a chaotic scene that was impossible to ignore...

It’s no surprise that O Fournier was selected as Great Wine Capital’s winner for winery architecture last year - it represents the fearless innovation and remarkable character that is shaping up Mendoza’s wine industry today.

By Amanda Barnes

My very first visit to Bordeaux, in the early eighties, was to the Graves, more precisely to Pessac Léognan to the North of the appellation.

I was visiting from Paris for research for my thesis on Bordeaux wine marketing. The owner of Chateau Carbonnieux, Antony Perrin, along with Jean-Jacques de Bethmann of Chateau Olivier and Bernard Thomassin of Chateau de France each took the time to explain in detail, to a foreign student, the workings of the system of the Bordeaux market place ‘La Place de Bordeaux’.

As you tour the South African winelands, chances are you’ll spend much of your time admiring the traditional Cape Dutch architecture typical of many local estates. But at Cavalli Wine and Stud Farm, there’s little room for tradition.

With this post about Quixote Winery in the Napa Valley, the Great Wine Capitals begins a series of articles about the winners of a 2016 'Best Of Wine Tourism' award in the Architecture category.

 

In 1989, Carl Doumani discovered the work of Friedensreich Hundertwasser, a Viennese painter, architect, ecologist and philosopher. Believing that the wine world had transformed a beverage of consummate pleasure into an absurdly serious pursuit, he commissioned Hundertwasser to design a winery to combat these notions.

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