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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.

This article is the first in a series describing the 2016 Best Of Wine Tourism winners.  We begin with a series of posts about the winners in the Accommodation category.

Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer, the 2016 Global Best of winner for the San Francisco | Napa Valley region, is an idyllic resort designed to celebrate the vineyard way of life with 78 luxurious accommodations nestled into five unique neighborhoods, two secluded swimming pools, indoor and outdoor spa facilities, and an all-new restaurant called Harvest Table.

This article, submitted by ecoTours Portugal, was a participant in the 2015 Guest Bloggers' Program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

An authentic Portuguese jewel, in which nature works together with man, creating the perfect combination to give life to the Douro region, essentially rural and focused on the wine industry.

A region carried to the four corners of the world due to the success of the wines produced here, more specifically the remarkable Port Wine.

Look no more: it's Porto!

After all my journeys, I know that Porto has a way of being special, emanating a strong sense of belonging and identity. There live an open-hearted, creative and hard working people, still following the motto Talent de bien faire, already put into practice by our ancestor Prince Henrique The Navigator in the XV century, when Portuguese became the first great discoverers of the unknown world. Today the world looks back at us and begins to discover our own treasures...

The one who is called the 40 castles man, Bernard Magrez, should also be named the « King of the French wine tourism » because of his leadership in this field. Certainly, we could highlight a particular winery, as Fombrauge, La Tour Carnet or even Pape Clément or Haut Peyraguey, but what is interesting concerning Bernard Magrez vineyards it is to study them as a whole.  Indeed, this patiently built kingdom based on wine, praised the French “art de vivre”.

... Many times I have taken this road and always had to stop several times because I just could not resist taking some pictures of the amazing landscape that Douro has to offer us in this small track. Along this couple of kilometers the road goes right up to the Douro River. So close that you can stop and just by walking some steps easily touch the water...

If there is one stretch of road worth driving more than any other  in the Cape Winelands I would have to say it is the windy mountain pass linking the historic oak lined university town of Stellenbosch and the fertile Banhoek valley leading into the French Huguenot  town of Franschhoek. Not only are the vistas absolutely extraordinary but the wine farms, attached like amulets on a chain, each have a unique story and are each a worthwhile destination boasting top wines, restaurants, delis, accommodation, art galleries and sculpture gardens...

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