Best Of Wine Tourism

The Douro Museum – a Territory Museum is the perfect gateway to discover the Douro Demarcated Region, declared a World Heritage by UNESCO as a evolving and living cultural landscape. In a multisensory approach, it creates connections throughout its territory reaching communities and projecting Douro's heritage well beyond its borders. Its creativeness and networking earned it the regional distinction of Best of Wine Tourism 2017 in the Art and Culture category.

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.

In 2012 Château de Ferrand was included in the select club of Grand Crus Classés of Saint Emilion but its long history stretches back over 300 years.

Since its construction, started in 1702, it has only been in the ownership of two families, which may go some way to explain the preservation of this exquisite site, not only the Chateau itself but also the park around the property.

No surprise then that the property was awarded the Best Of Wine Tourism Award for Architecture in 2016.

 

It’s not easy to find Viñedos & Bodegas de Páganos. The estate is near the bottom of a hill between the villages of Laguardia and Páganos, leading you to believe that the owners, the Eguren family,  just want to be left alone to quietly go about their business.  And what a business it is!

The estate won an international ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ award for Architecture and Landscapes for its stunning ensemble of vineyards, winery and ageing cellars in the Alavesa subregion of Rioja.

The Monverde Wine Experience Hotel, hidden in the golden vineyards of the Green Wine Region, was the regional winner of the “Accommodation” category of the Best of Wine Tourism 2017 awards. Opened less than two years ago it has quickly become a worldwide reference in Wine Tourism.

Rosell Boher Lodge (http://www.rosellboherlodge.com/) has hit the nail on the head when it comes to taking advantage of Mendoza’s beautiful vineyard vistas and mesmerising sunsets. Each individual lodge has its own rooftop deck with sofas, sun-loungers, a wood-burning fireplace and a warm, bubbling jacuzzi. It’s a slice of wine country heaven.

Hidden at the back of a row of tiny alleys lies the Landhotel Strubel-Roos with its ages old vinery at the side – a truly unique experience of hospitality in the heart of Rheinhessen.

You can’t judge quality purely by the numbers, but they do tell part of the story of how and why The Louise has made its mark in the Barossa.

The 5-star boutique luxury lodge has 40 staff for no more than 32 guests, has won an unprecedented nine successive Hall of Fame awards from Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine, and is one of only seven Australian properties affiliated with the prestigious global network Relais & Châteaux.

In the South African winelands, Villiera wine estate has become a pioneer in the realm of ethical and environmentally friendly viticulture, and was a worthy recipient of the 2016 Best Of Wine Tourism award for Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices.

Mendoza-based journalist Amanda Barnes explains the measures that the Nieto Senetiner winery in Vistalba, Mendoza is taking to improve its environmental and sustainable footprint.

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