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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.

By Gisela Kirschstein

(All photos by Gisela Kirschstein)

Welcome to the comfort zone

by Nola d'Enis

As one of the Great Wine Capitals of the world, Bordeaux abounds with chateaux, many of which offer accommodation - from the merely sublime to the giddy heights of luxury.  To win a prestigious Best Of Wine Tourism award, The Domaine de Grange Neuve had to be special.  I took a trip to the Dordogne to find out why….

by Susana Ribeiro

Gemieira, Ponte de Lima, is the home of Carmo's Boutique Hotel, a charming 5-star establishment which belongs to the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Amongst its many achievements is the Best of Wine Tourism 2016 award, in the accommodation category.

by Amanda Barnes

The best way to experience Mendoza is out in the vineyards overlooking the awesome Andes mountains, and the ultimate spot that combines the life of the vineyards with the remoteness and grandeur of the Andes is the Uco Valley.

Since I moved to Mendoza in 2009, I’ve seen wineries and hotels laying roots closer and closer to the Andes each year, and last year when Casa de Uco officially opened it became the wine resort perhaps closest to the Andes of them all.

By Richard Holmes

Cradled by the Simonsberg and Jonkershoek mountains, Boschendal Farm traces its history back to 1685 and the earliest days of the Cape colony. Over 300 years later, a surge of investment and a rejuvenation of the entire estate have made Boschendal one of most sought-after destinations in the South African winelands.

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