Valparaíso Casablanca Valley celebrates the third awards ceremony of the "Best of Wine Tourism Awards" 2017 Great Wine Capitals.

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This last Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at the Portofino Restaurant in Valparaiso, the Association of Viticulture Casablanca Valley, the Municipality of Valparaiso and the Municipality of Casablanca celebrated the awards ceremony of the Best of Wine Tourism Awards 2017.

In the third version of this international competition, the jury was composed of Rodrigo Aravena, journalist of Bio Bio Radio; Eduardo Quevedo, director of the Tourism and Hospitality Career of Duoc UC, and Francisco Fantini, journalist and writer of Gourmet Patagonia Foundation. They chose the winners of the seven categories of Best of Wine Tourism 2017, awards that celebrate innovation and excellence in wine tourism.

The event was attended by the Director of Tourism of the Valparaiso Municipality, Rafael Torres, who stressed the importance of the union of the Casablanca Valley and Valparaiso in the economic, cultural and especially the touristic area, commented that it is in this last area in which the wine tourism offered by Casablanca is complemented perfectly with the activities currently developed in Valparaiso. Finally, Mario Agliati, President of the Viticultural Association of the Casablanca Valley, referred to the importance of this competition at both national and international levels, mentioning how interesting it is that the three participants of the Valparaiso Casablanca Valley play a part in this competition, which allows them to highlight their attractions and the contributions that they perform for making the Valparaiso - Casablanca Valley an unique tourist destination in its kind. He also pointed out that this year the participation of Valparaiso as a World Heritage City is encouraged. In conclusion, he invited participants to attend the next annual meeting that will bring together the major world capitals, in the Great Wine Capitals 2017.

The “Best Of” awards are given by the network of global wine regions called Great Wine Capitals, which share economic and cultural values. Its aim is to promote tourism, culture and trade between the internationally recognized Great Wine Capitals. This contest rewards the wineries and organizations of the wine industry of each member city that has distinguished itself in terms of innovation and excellence in wine tourism.

 

The winners of each category of the 2017 version are:

SUSTAINABILITY:

 

First Place: Matetic Vineyard

 

ACCOMMODATION:

First Place: Matetic Vineyard

Second Place: Vander House

 

RESTAURANTS:

First Place: Porto Fino

Second Place: Casas del Bosque Vineyard

 

ARCHITECTURE AND LANDSCAPE:

First Place: Parque Cultural Valparaiso

Second Place: Viñamar Vineyard

 

WINE SERVICES:

First Place: Casas del Bosque Vineyard

Second Place: Matetic Vineyard

 

ART & CULTURE:

First Place: Baburizza Palace

Second Place: Valparaiso Cultural Park

 

INNOVATION:

First Place: Estancia El Cuadro

Second Place: Casa del Bosque Vineyard

Second Place: Catrala Vineyard