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In the past only students could attend the GWC-Weinexpress. Starting this summer also locals and tourists have the possibility to discover germans biggest winegrowing area of Rheinhessen on special tour dates.
Five times from june till october 2014 the GWC-Weinexpress will start from Mainz to toplevel wineries of Rheinhessen. All wineries has been awarded by the „Best of Award“. A specialized tourguide will attend the tour telling facts about the region and the wine. Guests will have two wine tastings in two different wineries and enjoy a local snack „Weck & Worscht“.  

During April the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Queenstown's Amisfield Winery and Bistro as part of their official New Zealand tour.  After a walk through Amisfield's Lake Hayes vineyard the couple then tasted the latest vintage of the Amisfield Pinot 2011, which was recently awarded 92 points in Wine Spectator Insider and met with owner Mr John Darby and winemaker Dr Stephanie Lambert.


Valpoviña Tour Operator is a company with 12 years of experience in the incoming market, where continuous improvement of our services is an ongoing challenge. We offer our clients different alternatives to live and enjoy the wine experience combining heritage, nature and culture visiting traditional and modern vineyards of the valley.


South Africa has taken joint-second place of countries awarded International Trophies at this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA), the world’s largest wine competition, winning four of the prestigious top accolades. The winners were announced last night in London, at the 10th anniversary DWWA presentation dinner at the Royal Opera House.

With an audience of more than 70.000 people, coming from 40 countries, the NOS Primavera Sound revalidates the goal to be a festival of reference in Europe. 

The Pousada do Porto, in Palácio do Freixo, is now part of the prestige and exclusive network of The Leading Hotels of the World. Only the most luxury, prestige and sophisticated hotels are admissible on this list comprising 430 units throughout the world.

Ribeira do Porto, at the heart of Porto’s Historical Centre, classified World Cultural Heritage By UNESCO since 1996, is on the ranking of the Most Beautiful Boroughs in Europe by Condé Nast Traveller. On this ranking are “the most charming micro worlds in Europe, boroughs with such personality that they live you a lasting impression and with the desire to live in each and every one of them”.

The organizations that make up the Bilbao-Rioja partnership (The Chambers of Commerce of Bilbao, La Rioja and Álava, the Bilbao City Hall and the Grupo Rioja have launched the 2014 Bilbao-Rioja Communication award to honor the best journalistic work in 2013 and 2014 that promotes wine tourism in our region.

Any person or organization that has published work about wine tourism in Bilbao-Rioja between June 15, 2013 and September 1, 2014 in English or Spanish is eligible to participate.

The WTO – World Tourism Organization, has published a Global Report on Shopping Tourism, as, according to Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the UNWTO, “Shopping is becoming an increasingly relevant component of the tourism value chain. Shopping has converted into a determinant factor affecting destination choice, an important component of the overall travel experience and, in some cases the prime travel motivation.

As “tradition” dictates, the Douro Boys have to be present at the Nos Primavera Sound, presenting their wines.