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THE GREAT WINE CAPITALS GLOBAL NETWORK RECOGNIZES TEN OUTSTANDING WINE TOURISM INITIATIVES
The international ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ awards were announced during a gala dinner at the Palais de la Bourse on November 7, 2019. The ceremony marked the end of the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Great Wine Capitals in Bordeaux, France as the Network celebrated its 20th Anniversary.
The international award winners were chosen from among the ‘Best Of’ winners from each Great Wine Capital. This year, there were 467 entrants and 67 local award winners from around the globe.
The ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ Awards serve as an industry benchmark and recognize leading wineries and wine-tourism related businesses within each Capital who exhibit standards of excellence in wine tourism practices. The awards have grown in prestige and have become highly coveted in each of the Great Wine Capitals cities. To date, 5073 companies have entered the contest, and 765 properties have received an award.
The 2020 winners are:
Sustainability and ecology are at the core of everything Gemtree Wines does. Certified organic and biodynamic, Gemtree has one of the largest certified biodynamic vineyards in Australia. The Cellar Door is sustainably built with recycled materials; powered via a 10kw solar panel system and running off rainwater. Part of the Gemtree philosophy is to inform and educate their customers about what biodynamics is, and what it stands for.
Bodegas Valedmar/Museo Villa Lucia (Bilbao|Rioja
Villa Lucia Museum in Laguardia, in partnership with Bodegas Valdemar, located in Oyón-Oion, have collaborated to develop an extensive all-inclusive tourism program that enables consumers to visit wineries and museums without any visual, auditory or physical limitations. Throughout the properties and without the need for prior appointments, people with disabilities can learn about wine and wine production and enjoy an integrated experience.
At Château la Dauphine, visitors can immerse themselves in the French way of life by climbing aboard a legendary Citroën 2 CV. The "Heritage Tour" starts in the park of the property, with a guide who gives insights into the history of the property and Fronsac. The tour explores the vineyards, followed by a visit to the fishing hut "carrelet" on the Dordogne River and the truffle orchard of La Dauphine. It represents an innovative and original discovery of Fronsac's heritage.
To listen to wine, to taste words, “From mouth to ear” is a unique project, imagined and led by Marie Linder, wine specialist, and Mathieu Bessero-Belti, an actor. The project is in collaboration with twelve authors from France, Belgium, Canada, Cameroon and Switzerland who have let their imagination flow in order to tell the story of twelve cépages. These literary creations are presented while tasting wines from around the world.
As a historic winery building, the wine cellar authentically epitomises a piece of Ingelheim’s history as the “red wine town.” After extensive renovation, since 2019 the building has been home to a local vinotheque of 24 Ingelheim winegrowers as well as a distillery, a restaurant and a tourist information centre. Rhine-Hessian limestone, original tiles and beams in the former vinification hall – now an inner garden – as well as the two large vaulted cellars, one above the other, in which wood-carved barrels reveal the stories of earlier generations of winemakers.
Rosell Boher Lodge is located at the foot of the Andes Mountains, in Mendoza Province. The Lodge has a guesthouse with three spacious luxury rooms and 11 private Vineyard Villas with jacuzzi, private cellar and terrace fireplaces. The restaurant menu is based primarily on local ingredients, with attention to seasonality. It works closely with a variety of producers in the area and throughout the country, obtaining fresh and first-class produce. Food is prepared in an artisanal way - oven baked goods, pastries and homemade ice cream - to offer guests a taste of the typical native and regional cuisines of Argentina.
On their first visit to Quinta da Pacheca, the current owners envisioned the possibility of sleeping in giant barrels when they first entered the estate's aging Port wine cellar and became enamored with the size of the existing vats. Within a few months, in collaboration with the architect Henrique Pinto, the first sketches of what would become the current estate were created. Surrounded by the centuries-old vineyards, each of the 10 giant barrels features unique architectural and design elements, and interior decorative elements inspired by vintage references. An original circular glass door gives access to the outside deck from where visitors can admire the stunning landscape of the Douro Valley.
Built in 1933, the winery was one of the first five in Napa Valley to open after the repeal of Prohibition and has been meticulously restored. For the restoration of the Martini Winery, the team partnered with renowned architect Howard Backen, who guided the process in bringing out the beauty of the winery’s utilitarian design of terra cotta brick, concrete and steel. The design preserved the original structure and footprint yet made meaningful changes to the interior as well as the indoor/outdoor flow.
Recently renovated, Casa Valle Viñamar reopened with a new concept that incorporates sustainability as one of its five corporate values. It strives to continue growing sustainably in deep harmony with the Chilean land and people through innovative projects that add value to its brands and processes. An organic garden supplies Macerado Viñamar Restaurant and incorporates the local community by including artisinal products in its store.
An impressive location in the heart of Valpolicella Classica region, Villa Quaranta Tommasi Wine Hotel & Spa is a resort that blends history and modernity. An ancient villa that houses a restaurant with a wine list of over 1300 labels, a hotel and modern conference center, a centuries-old park for outdoor activities, a Romanesque church for intimate celebrations along with a wine spa, the resort provides a unique experience for business and leisure travelers alike.