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Primo Estate in McLaren Vale has won the Architecture and Landscape category in South Australia’s inaugural Best of Wine Tourism Awards. The awards were held as part of Adelaide’s membership of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, mentioned in records as far back as 1725, is an ancient property in the heart of the Douro Valley. Behind the awards that recognize the excellence of its wines there is a basis of the utmost respect and policies of preservation of the Douro region. Therefore, it was no big surprise that it won the Sustainable Wine Practices Award, given by the Great Wine Capitals Network.

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.

There’s one thing Mendoza really does in style, and that’s a good fiesta. Argentines know how to hold a party and in the capital of wine it is no exception. This year's Great Wine Capitals 'Best Of Wine Tourism' award winner for wine tourism services was Diplomatic Luxury Wines - a wine festival held each year in the depths of winter to bring a little warmth to wine lovers in Mendoza.

The Rheinhessenvinothek in Mainz offers Wines not only from German Rheinhessen but from all the Great Wine Capitals, served in a 150 year old former magazine building, earning it the global Best Of Wine Tourism award for Wine Tourism Services in 2017.

 

Two Best Of Bordeaux Wine Tourism awards have justly compensated the dedication of the new team in bringing Château Soutard back to the elegance, deserving of its classified status. The first, in 2012, was for the architecture - hardly surprising given the beautiful gravity fed cellars created by architect Fabien Pédelaborde. As well as being an efficient working cellar it is a showcase for both the history of the property and the unique limestone terroir of the plateau of Saint Emilion on which the vineyard is situated.

Their latest award was for Wine Tourism Services, highlighting how they have put this newly renovated facility to excellent use, opening it up to visitors in so many ways.

Poetry Inn is a small luxury Napa Valley hotel perched on a hillside Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in the Stags Leap District. Beyond its gated drive, guests experience the ultimate in privacy, serenity, and world-class hospitality with unparalleled Napa Valley views.

Bodegas Ramón Bilbao, in Haro in the heart of Rioja Alta, came up with the right idea with the creation of the Oculus Virtual Reality Experience that earned the winery a 2017 ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ award for Innovative Wine Tourism from the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

Using goggles, Oculus takes the visitor on a virtual journey that follows the progress of a grape from its birth to a wine glass.  It reflects Ramón Bilbao’s commitment to technological innovation to explain the winemaking process in an original, enjoyable way that is attractive to today’s tech savvy consumer.

Château Siran dates from the 17th century ideally situated for wine tourism, just fifteen minutes from Bordeaux, on the famous Margaux gravel terroir. Surrounded by the great growths of the appellation, it takes its name from the 15th century Lord Guilhem de Siran. After renovation in 2013, the Château reopened its doors with wine tourism in mind.

Bodegas Valdelana, in the village of Elciego in Rioja Alavesa, is right behind the huge Marqués de Riscal winery/hotel complex, but it should not be overlooked by the discerning wine tourist.  It offers everything a visitor could ask for, and more. It’s no wonder that Valdelana received a “Best Of Wine Tourism award in the Art and Culture category in 2017.

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