Best Of Wine Tourism

Winter, and in particular the holiday season, has its own charms. The cold, and sometimes bad weather, beckons to be inside and warm, but it’s also a perfect opportunity to stroll, to enjoy excellent accommodations, to taste Portuguese cuisine and admire the beautiful landscapes. This is what led us to a weekend getaway, to visit Ponte de Lima, and to experience an excellent stay.

In the Domhof in Guntersblum in Rheinhessen they serve crisp Riesling and heavenly food among lots of historic tales on the side. In 2010 they won their first Best of Wine Tourism Award for that, now they topped it with the Best of Wine Tourism Award 2018 for accommodation. "There were just not enough beds for our guests", Chris says, thus, in 2016 they built on the site of the old bottle barn a small hotel which mimics the architecture of the neighbouring houses.

Glass has been essential to the preservation of wine over many centuries and continues to sustain the industry today. Thus it is quite fitting that last year’s Great Wine Capital’s ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ Award winner in Sustainability in Mendoza was Verallia, one of the world’s largest glass bottle producers.

There are many reasons why Château Fourcas Hosten was nominated for, and subsequently won, the Best of Wine Tourism Gold award for Sustainable Wine Tourism practises. The underlying reason is the ambition of the owners to put sustainability at the very heart of the property, not just in the vines but also in the buildings and the people - and it is this human factor that the team is keen to share with visitors to this 18th century estate.

The highlight of any dining experience at the Abrasado restaurant at Bodega Los Toneles is the steak. It stole the show as the main course - tender, full of flavour and cooked a perfect pink (or however you like it). The plate was scattered with local aromatics which added a depth to the flavour and complimented the slight smokiness from the grill. This steak alone was reason enough for Abrasado to win the Great Wine Capitals Best Restaurant in Mendoza award.

Vis-à-Vis is one of the leading restaurants in the small village of Osthofen near Worms. For their combination of regionally inspired gourmet food, an extensive wine menu from Rheinhessen and the beautiful setting within an old cow chapel, the Spiess family won the Great Wine Capital Best of Award 2017 in the category Wine Restaurants.

If you’re familiar with the Great Wine Capitals blog you will know that a winery can win awards in several categories for their excellence in wine tourism. Château Agassac is one of these lucky properties as, since the beginning of these awards, they have won several of them – and this year is no exception with their recognition for Best Of Wine Tourism for their restaurant: La Table d’Agassac.

Conn Creek Winery’s enduring commitment to Bordeaux-styled red wines started in 1973. Conn Creek was among a small group leading a renaissance of the Napa Valley and played an important part in establishing Napa Valley’s reputation as a fine wine-growing region. 

I received an invitation from Turismo do Porto! An invitation to visit the Quinta de Santa Cristina in Celorico de Basto. The reason?

Quinta de Santa Cristina was honored with the Best Of Wine Tourism award in the category Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

I was curious and decided to accept. And that's what I did best!

Winery Eva Vollmer in Mainz offers unique laid-back wine-lingerings along with splendid wines and new radical ideas. "Laid-back wine-lingering", Eva calls these events – and it's precisely for these innovative wine tourism concepts that she was awarded the Best of Wine Tourism Award of the Great Wine Capitals in 2017.

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