2016 Global Best Of Wine Tourism winners announced!

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Great Wine Capitals Global Network announces the winners of the International ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ Awards

‘Experiences’ are the key to wine tourism success stories

 On November 12, Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum was the scene of the 2016 international  ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ awards ceremony sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.  The ceremony took place during the gala dinner that marked the end of the Network’s annual general meeting.

The international award winners are chosen from among the ‘Best Of’ winners from each Great Wine Capital.  This year, there were 386 nominees and 50 local award winners.

The ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ Awards have gone from strength to strength since their inception. To date, 3486 companies have been nominated, and 515 properties have received an award.

The 2016 International Best Of Wine Tourism award winners are:

The City of Wine at Bodegas Marqués de Riscal (Elciego, Spain)

The City of Wine is a 100,000 square meter complex centered on the Hotel Marqués de Riscal designed by Canadian architect Frank O. Gehry, the original winery built in 1858, the first extension built in 1883, an ultramodern vinification plant and surrounding vineyards.

Kahuak Mendoza Wine Experience (Mendoza, Argentina)

Kahuak offers a wide range of innovative tourism experiences in the Mendoza region including winery tours, a wide range of accommodation and adventures such as trekking, mountain biking, horseback riding, parasailing and trips to the nearby Andes mountains.

Monverde Wine Experience Hotel (Telões-Amarante, Portugal)

Staying at Monverde is an experience involving all the senses.  Its rooms connect architecture to the landscape of the Douro valley while the restaurant offers the simplicity and elegance of Portuguese cuisine as well as a wide range of wine.  Guests can be pampered at the spa and enjoy the spectacular beauty of the villages and geography of the region.

Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer (St. Helena CA, USA)

This idyllic resort in St. Helena welcomes a new restaurant, Harvest Table, led by Master Sommelier and Director of Operations Steven Geddes. Many of the hotel packages feature a wine element to round out offerings, they partner with local wineries, and have “Bind Vine” tastings at the restaurant.

Viña Indómita (Casablanca, Chile)

Viña Indómita is a winery, but also much more.  Of course one can visit the winery, learn about winemaking and taste the wines but in an innovative way, with a moonlight tasting, a visit to the vineyards on horseback or a picnic among vines. At the restaurant, guests can sample the variety of produce from the region, from the rivers that flow from the majestic Andes or the nearby Pacific.

Château Lynch-Bages (Pauillac, France)

The Cazes family has created a number of unique experiences under the name of Lynch-Bages & Cie which combine wine, history, culture and the French art of living. Among the unforgettable must-see features : Château Lynch-Bages and its historic vat-house, the Relais & Châteaux hotel Cordeillan-Bages and its 2 Michelin star restaurant, the cookery school, the picturesque village of Bages, the “personal winemaking” dedicated to the creation of your own wine. Excellence, authenticity, charm, elegance, hedonism and simplicity are part of the “voyage”. An array of unusual and tailor-made activities are also offered to visitors all year long: arrival by helicopter, classic-car rallies... Nestled between the Gironde and the Atlantic, this is a not-to-be-missed destination in the Médoc.

The Delaire Graff Restaurant (Stellenbosch, South Africa)

At Delaire Graff, menus are shaped by the seasons, following the motto “the best food starts with the best ingredients”. Head Chef Michael Deg crafts simple but exquisitely presented dishes with produce from ethically sourced local suppliers as well as from the estate’s green garden where homegrown fruit, vegetables and herbs are picked and delivered straight to the kitchen.

Restaurant Kupferberg (Mainz, Germany)

Kupferberg offers the best of German regional cuisine in a beautiful setting in Mainz.  Head chef Eva Eppard, a native of the city, creates both signature and classic dishes sourced from suppliers that the team personally know from an area within 80 km.  The wine cellar features a wide range of international brands but focuses on the wines of the nearby Rheinhessen. The restaurant offers special menus for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and weddings as well as Christmas and New Year’s Eve.