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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.

Come experience Napa Valley from the original rancher’s perspective - riding through the vineyards on horseback!  This 30-minute trail ride is a fantastic way to take in the breathtaking vistas of the Rapp Ranch Estate and the surrounding hills of Coombsville. 

Unlike any experience offered in the valley, Shadybrook’s vineyard horseback ride coupled with their estate wine paired tasting, stand as a hallmark for any adventurers’ trip to Napa Valley.  In recognition of this initiative, Shadybrook Estate received a 2018 ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ award for Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences.

Taking advantage of the holiday season, we decided to visit Ponte de Lima, to learn a little more about the Vinhos Verdes region, demarcated on 18 September 1908, which occupies the area known as Entre-Douro-e-Minho, the largest Portuguese demarcated region, in terms of surface area, and one of the largest in Europe. And there is no better place to learn about this region than the Centro de Interpretação e Promoção do Vinho Verde -CIPVV (Centre for Interpretation and Promotion of Vinho Verde).

This year CIPVV won the regional prize in the category of Art and Culture of the Best Of Wine Tourism awards from the Great Wine Capitals.

I needed a few days in a place where I could rest my ideas and recharge my batteries to their fullest, one of those times when I feel like being away from everything or as one of my family members would say, "who can discover us here." While searching for a place like that I came across with the wine tourism of Casa do Rio - Quinta do Vallado, which won the category of "Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices" in the Best of Wine Tourism Awards 2016 and more recently the Architecture and Landscape award at the Best of Wine Tourism Awards 2018. An offer so tempting, even more so, because it is connected to the world of wine, was the much-needed click.

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.

Perfectly placed just half an hour from the city of Bordeaux, yet in the heart of the vineyards of Pessac Léognan, Château Le Pape is an ideal central base from which to discover the Bordeaux vineyards.

A vista of gently rolling hills, 5000 acres of shiraz vines and a wide, open sky - there isn’t a more picturesque location than this. It was, in fact, this very view which, for US natives Jim & Helen Carreker, ended a world-wide search and bore the creation of an icon - The Louise Barossa Valley.

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.

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