Best Of Wine Tourism

Creation Wines in the Hemel-en Aarde valley in South Africa's Western Cape winelands stands out for its innovative wine tourism offer in an increasingly crowded marketplace.  The visit features tightly focused wine and 'tapas' pairings as well as wine/chocolate matches.  This and other activities earned the winery a 'Best Of Wine Tourism' award for innovative wine tourism experiences for 2016.

In the heart of Casablanca Valley, just 50 minutes from Santiago city, is “Estancia El Cuadro”, founded in 2009, with 750 hectares, an enormous house of 2.400 square meters, and one of the main wine tourism centers. This vineyard offers classical music concerts, guided visits that tell the history of the wine museum, represented by wooden figures carved by hand, performances of dancing and folklore, a garden of grapes with 26 vine varieties, part of the educational tour, and an exhibition of barrels painted by students from schools of Casablanca town.

Quinta da Boeira, a magnificent estate in Vila Nova de Gaia, across the douro from Porto, is a lovingly restored 19th century estate built by a Portuguese man who emigrated to Brazil.  Today it is a center devoted to remembering the Portuguese ships that sailed the seven seas in voyages of discovery, to wine and to art.

It it all started in 1984 with the 140th birthday of the Jean Buscher winery in Bechtheim. In that year, the basilika of Bechtheim was renovated, and church painter Hermann Gottried fell in love with the Buscher wines. His drafts and pictures for church windows were the first works of art that made their way into the Buscher wine cellar. "We didn't have a clue what we were doing", reminisces Senior Jean Michael, "but the visitors were enthralled."...

Jamieson Ranch Vineyards believes wine has a unique relationship with music and art. The 2016 regional winner of a 'Best Of Wine Tourism' award for Art & Culture from San Francisco|The Napa Valley shows the work of ten influential street artists.

With this post about Quixote Winery in the Napa Valley, the Great Wine Capitals begins a series of articles about the winners of a 2016 'Best Of Wine Tourism' award in the Architecture category.

 

In 1989, Carl Doumani discovered the work of Friedensreich Hundertwasser, a Viennese painter, architect, ecologist and philosopher. Believing that the wine world had transformed a beverage of consummate pleasure into an absurdly serious pursuit, he commissioned Hundertwasser to design a winery to combat these notions.

By Gisela Kirschstein

(All photos by Gisela Kirschstein)

Welcome to the comfort zone

by Nola d'Enis

As one of the Great Wine Capitals of the world, Bordeaux abounds with chateaux, many of which offer accommodation - from the merely sublime to the giddy heights of luxury.  To win a prestigious Best Of Wine Tourism award, The Domaine de Grange Neuve had to be special.  I took a trip to the Dordogne to find out why….

This article by Jonathan Choukroun Chicheportiche is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers Program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

All the photographs of Château de Rouillac-Pessac-Léognan are from the author.

 

The “Best Of Club” Bordeaux is an informal association that gathers recent and former Great Wine Capitals Best Of Wine Tourism Award Winners of the Bordeaux region. The Club assembles laureates of the current year and those from the past two years, to get together in order to share information and expertise, to exchange experiences and ideas and to participate in several promotional activities. In a six weeks rotation the members meet and discuss a particular changing topic in the pleasant and friendly ambiance of their own properties.

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