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A visit to Marqués de Riscal’s City of Wine is a walk through the history of Rioja. From the original winery built in 1858 to the spectacular Hotel Marqués de Riscal, designed by the renowned Canadian architect Frank O. Gehry, it’s no surprise that the 100,000 square meter City of Wine was the 2016 winner of an international ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ award in the Art & Culture category.

The wine estates of the South Africa’s Western Cape region have, perhaps an unfair advantage when it comes to attracting wine-loving travelers. Surrounded by towering mountain peaks, and two oceans within easy reach from the vineyards, dramatic scenery is taken as a given.

Which means estates need to work hard to set themselves apart in creating a memorable experience to surround the act of tasting the fruits of the vines. And nobody in the Cape does that better than La Motte wine estate in Franschhoek.

It's not really that surprising that Chateau Lynch Bages was announced as Best of Wine Tourism Grand prizewinner for France, despite the stiff competition. The owner, Jean-Michel Cazes, has been welcoming visitors to his family estate ever since he took over in 1975. He was a pioneer of wine tourism - long before the phrase was invented.

Filipe Morato Gomes enjoyed the perfect day trip to the beautiful Douro region - by van, boat and train and finally to Quinta do Bomfim where the port winemaking process was expertly explained. This experience was organized by Sara Dias of 'Oporto & Douro Moments. It's not surprising that 'Moments' won a Best Of Wine Tourism' award for Services in 2016!

Chateau La Dauphine is a property at the heart of the appellation in Canon Fronsac. It dates back to the 16th century, its name is inspired by the visit of wife of the Dauphin of France 'La Dauphine' and the Chateau, built in the 18th century, still reflects all the elegance that you would expect for such a prestigious visitor. Here however, tradition meshes seamlessly with the ultramodern and the owners' wish for visitors to understand the winemaking process from vineyard to bottle and a superb wine/food experience.

In ten years, Carolin Gillot and Hans-Oliver Spanier, two winemaking visionaries have created a Rheinhessen masterwork at Weingut Kühling-Gillot. The winery was the 2016 regional winner in the 'Architecture, Parks & Gardens' category of the 'Best Of Wine Tourism' competition.

Bodega Séptima, part of Spain's Codorniú group, not only offers visitors a spectacular view of the nearby Andes mountain range but also a first class dining and wine pairing experience.

Logroño's old town has lots of bars and restaurants, but La Tavina offers wine and food lovers a one-stop wine, tapas and local gastronomic experience.

Tamber Bey winery is located at the Sundance Ranch in Calistoga, a world-class, 22-acre equestrian facility that is dedicated to training top performance horses. The winery was built in 2013 by remodeling a 15,000-square-foot covered riding arena into a state-of-the-art winemaking facility. The property was a winner of a 'Best Of Wine Tourism' award in the Napa Valley in the Innovative Wine Tourism category.

Huentata is a full service incoming wine and adventure tourism company based in Mendoza that won a 'Best Of Wine Tourism' award in the category of innovative wine tourism experiences.

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