Companies and agents in the wine tourism sector are readapting their strategies to the COVID-19 context, and Great Wine Capitals Global Network works as an international meeting point to share steps, initiatives and brilliant ideas to face this enormous challenge.


Verona is proud to celebrate its 2021 Best of Wine Tourism Award winners selected in seven categories. High level of expertice and commitment in wine tourism.

Celebrating innovation and excellence in wine tourism throughout the eleven greatest wine regions in the world, wineries across the Western Cape entered into the prestigious Great Wine Capitals Best Of Wine Tourism Awards. These awards provide an opportunity for wineries and other visitor-serving businesses in each region to gain exposure and recognition for their commitment to presenting leading wine tourism options while giving visitors a one-stop list of the best places to experience.

Our new Best Of Wine Tourism Award winners for 2021 from Mainz and  Rheinhessen are fixed! The ten-member GWC jury, chaired by Mayor Michael Ebling selected the winners in six categories.

The Bordeaux blend, a response to the challenges of climate change. 

The University of Adelaide has been conducting important research aimed at improving the quality of wines produced in a warmer climate. The University are partners in Adelaide's membership to the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

The bulk of precipitation in Germany occurs in the summer, while in the southern wine-growing countries, it rains primarily in the spring, autumn and winter. Here, rainfall generally decreases during the final stage of ripening; in the south, rainfall increases dramatically as the harvest approaches. These climatic factors have a pronounced influence on German wine.

Global warming is impacting the DOCa Rioja and numerous studies provide scientific evidence of the fact. 

While growers and wineries recognize that global warming is impacting their businesses, putting measures in place in Rioja vineyards to counteract it requires changing traditional ways of planting and working the soil.  Forward thinking viticulturists such as Roberto Frías are applying solutions to their company’s vineyards and experts like Fernando Martínez de Toda are providing practical, science-based solutions that will hopefully benefit Rioja as a whole.

Climate change is one of the main challenges facing humanity since it is expected to be an environmental, social, and economic threat. The olive tree and the vine are perennial crops where the yield and quality of their products (wine and oil) are greatly influencedby climate, making them very susceptible to global warming. The increase in temperatures will lengthen the vegetative period of vines and olive trees and all their phenological stages will spread, including maturation, thereby causing an imbalance in the composition in warm areas and affecting the quality of wines and oils. For this reason, the agricultural and oenological sector faces enormous challenges, forcing them to adapt to future changes.

The Swiss winemaking regions are mostly located to the north of the Alps and have long had difficulty ripening their grapes. The current warming period therefore poses as much of an opportunity as a challenge for Swiss wines.