"While our major focus has always been the production of exceptional wines, this award is a great inspiration to us in our dedication to a culture of excellence over a broader spectrum. Being the SA winner for Best Of Wine Tourism for 2012 awarded us additional exposure on an international level and from an independent and reliable platform. Internally the competition meant a lot to the La Motte team as an acknowledgement for high service levels and serves as inspiration and motivation for promoting wine tourism in South Africa.”
Hein Koegelenberg, CEO, La Motte, category Art and Culture and global winner
"It is with pride that we dedicate this award to the native winegrowers of Dievole. Returning the land to the traditions of the vine masters living in the farmhouses on the land and using the ancient methods of production was a great step forward for Dievole. The Best Of Wine Tourism Award confirms the wisdom of this choice."
Stefano Meacci, Manager, Dievole, category Accomodation and International winner
"Receiving a Best Of Wine Tourism award in the Accommodation category drawn tourism operators attention to the Château Lavergne Dulong. Incoming travel agencies were very interested and requested information for their clients. Effects on the press have been important too, in particular on the local media press, Sud-Ouest newspaper, devoted an article about the wine tourism impact on a small etate like mine. TV7, the local TV channel, shot a sequence of the program "La vie de châteaux" that was broadcasted in march. On top of that, Château Lavergne Dulong has been mentionned in the french famous magazine, Figaro Magazine special issue, dedicated to "The most beautiful guest houses". This trophy Best Of awards 2 years of hard work and investment. It drives me to keep improving my services for an always better welcoming of my visitors." Sylvie Dulong, owner, Château Lavergne Dulong
Sylvie Dulong, owner, Château Lavergne Dulong, category accommodation
"As family-run business we are proud to receive this internationally award for our latest venture „Hofgut Laubenheimer Höhe“. This is a motivation to further invest in this „niche“ in order to offer an alternative way of wine gastronomy in Rheinhessen in such an extraordinary place to the citizens of Mainz, tourists and business clients and to provide sustainable products with perfect taste."
Christian Barth, owner, Hofgut Laubenheimer Höhe, Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences award
"At Aveleda we have always enjoyed receiving visitors in our estate and devoted a lot of attention to Wine Tourism. In this context, we are delighted to receive this prestigious recognition. Being the first time that a company from the Vinhos Verdes region wins this award, we hope it encourages more visitors to discover the numerous “hidden secrets” that this region has to offer.”
Martim Guedes, Member of the Board of Aveleda
"We set out with a vision of best practice from the vine to the bottle and we’re delighted to have our commitment to sustainability acknowledged. We enjoy sharing our story, and what makes us different, with visitors to our winery”
Peter Yealands, owner, Yealand Estate Wines, Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices category and International Winner.
"It is an honor for the DiamAndes Winery and the Bonnie family to have received an international GWCGN Best Of Wine Tourism award in the category Architecture, Parks and Gardens. This award motivates us to continue the pursuit of excellence for our services, increase our commitment to the wine tourism development of Mendoza and the promotion of our wine culture."
Sandrine Bonnie, Bodega DiamAndes, Architecture and Landscapes and International Winner
"We, at Château Paloumey, are very proud to have received this international prize in the Art & Culture category. This is a great honour that Great Wine Capitals recognized our passion for “art & wine pairing” along with our team’s continuous efforts for excellence in hosting people and promoting Bordeaux wines & vineyards. We want to extend our congratulations to all Best Of winners from around the world; this is a real pleasure to share this commitment in making visitors’ experience unique".
Martine Cazeneuve, Château Paloumey
"We are thrilled and honoured to have received this award in the Best of Great Wine Capitals - Accommodation category, as it is a testament to the dedication and motivation of our team to continue to exceed our guests'
expectations in terms of delivering authentic hospitality.
We are proud and happy that Hyatt Regency Mainz is now an official part of the Great Wine Capitals in general and Mainz and Rheinhessen in particular and that we are able to carry an ambassador's role in the promotion of the same."
Otto J. Steenbeek, General Manager, Hyatt, Accommodation category and International winner
"At Conn Creek we pride ourselves on offering visitors to Napa Valley outstanding wines and a world-class experience,” said Conn Creek Hospitality Manager Paul Asikainen. “It’s an honor to have been recognized for our success among a group of such esteemed wineries from around the globe."
Paul Asikainen, Hospitality Manager, Conn Creek Winery, Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences and International Winner