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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.

Spottswoode is an historic, family-owned estate vineyard in the Napa Valley.  The estate was one of the first to commit to sustainable vineyard practices, introducing organic farming practices such as the use of cover crops, biodynamics and natural insect and weed management.  Spottswoode received a 'Best Of Wine Tourism' award for these practices from the Great Wine Capitals Global Network in 2016.

The Casa do Rio, located on the grounds of Quinta do Orgal overlooking the upper Douro Valley, seems to be at one with the surrounding hillside.  Here, visitors can experience the tranquil beauty of the Douro.  It's no wonder that it was a 2017 winner of a Best Of Wine Tourism award for Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices!

This post, written by Jonathan Snashall, was a finalist in the 2014 Guest Bloggers' Competition sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

You are in the entertainment business" Robert Joseph told 140 attendees at the Great Wine Capital’s (GWC) address on wine tourism last week. It’s been said before but how many wine people grasp the actual meaning – and what is takes to achieve real entertainment?

Carolyn Martin at Creation Wines probably does, and she doesn’t need a corporate budget to put on a feel-good show.

 

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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