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San Francisco and Napa Valley play host to a number of grand traditions this holiday season: tree lightings, festive rides, and holiday shows, to name a few. Check out some of our favorite holiday happenings around the city and valley, and come celebrate the season!

Every season in Mainz and Rheinhessen has its own special charm. Winter gets particularly cosy as good food and top wines come into focus while crackling fireplaces and campfire add to the atmosphere. Correspondingly, the Best of Wine Tourism award-winning wineries have interesting offers at Christmas time. So if you want to sip a delicious wine-grower‘s mulled wine or enjoy an advent barbecue in wine-grower style, the award-winning wineries are just the right place for you.

Wine lovers have elected their prefered winery among 65 candidates in the running, all awarded a Best Of Wine Tourism by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network for 2019.

And the winner is... Les Celliers de Sion in Switzerland...

The region consolidates its position as a top dining experience


The Guide Michelin recently awarded new stars to three Bilbao-Rioja area restaurants in in 2019:  Eneko and Atelier Etxanobe in Bilbao and Íkaro in Logroño.

With the addition of these restaurants, a total of fifteen dining establishments from the Bilbao-Rioja area boast Michelin stars. 

Already holding stars are:

The latest edition of the Best Of Wine Tourism Awards highlights some of Mendoza’s most exciting wine and tourism attractions. Make sure to add these places to your bucket list for a visit in 2019.

Les Celliers de Sion, Swiss global Best of Wine Tourism winner 2019!

At a ceremony that took place in Adélaïde (Australia) November the 8th, the Celliers de Sion, has been designated Swiss winner of the global Best Of Wine Tourism 2019 competition.

Porto and the Douro wine region have achieve more international recognition. The House of Sandeman Hostel & Suites unanimously won one of the 10 awards given by the international competition Best of Wine Tourism, held this year in Adelaide, Australia.

The Rioja Wine Train involves both public and private initiatives in favor of wine tourism and the promotion of Rioja wine.

The train runs from Logroño to Haro in the morning and returns to Logroño in the afternoon.  On arrival in Haro, the passengers are bussed to several wineries where they enjoy tastings and lunch.

From the moment they board the train, passengers are entertained by a theater group where they not only enjoy a few laughs but learn about Rioja wine at the same time.

“Masi has created a new interactive experience within the ‘Masi Wine Experience’ circuit in the Tenuta Canova Wine Museum, enriching the offer of the Veronese territory and confirming the company’s commitment to the dissemination of Italian wine culture.”

As one of ten recognized Great Wine Capitals, San Francisco | Napa Valley has awarded its hospitality leaders the 2019 Best Of Wine Tourism regional designations in six categories.

The Best Of awards categories include accommodations; architecture and landscape; innovative wine tourism experience; sustainable wine tourism practices; wine tourism restaurant; and wine tourism services.  

The 2019 Best Of regional San Francisco | Napa Valley winners are: