December 2009:

“Sogrape Vinhos is very honoured to receive this prize, which we believe reflects the whole team’s effort and commitment  to promote the Douro Region and Porto wine. At Quinta do Seixo we try to attract people for the Douro wines through a contemporary and attractive estate, in harmony with the surrounding landscape. This last point was taken into special account while planning Quinta do Seixo, and it is with great pleasure that we now see this recognised by such a prestigious award.”

Georges Sandeman, Board member of Sogrape Vinhos, Quinta Do Seixo, Architecture and Landscapes and International Winner.

November 2009:

“This distinction is for us a great pleasure and an honour. This prize belongs our team that is working, day after day and always worries for the quality of the services and for the improvements of our hospitality. It is a great opportunity for the wine lovers to know us better and to visit us. It certainly encourages us to keep working and improving”

Diego Coll Benegas- Director of Algodón Wine Estates, Accommodation category and International Winner.

"The integration of art and culture with the creation of outstanding wines is a lifelong passion for the owners of Clos Pegase," said Bill Dodd, Napa County Supervisor and chair of the regional GWCGN committee. "Their contribution to what makes Napa Valley legendary is highly regarded."

Bill Dodd, Napa County Supervisor and chair of the regional GWCGN committee

"We welcomed with enormous pleasure, proud and satisfaction the news about the International Great Wine Capitals Award won by our company Castello del Trebbio, thanks to its restaurant LA SOSTA DEL GUSTO.

Our family has been working hard with great passion since 1968 to keep traditions and to maintain a 900 year old castle full of history and tradition. We won the National Great Wine Capitals Award in 2006 for the "cellar door experience" in our winery and again in 2007 for the "Architecture" of the Castle (built in 1184); After producing wine, extra virgin olive oil and pure saffron for many years, we decided 3 years ago that it was time to open our own small place to create meals able to enhance the quality of our wines and oils...something with the culture of good taste in the middle of the scenery....not a place to eat and drink, but a theater where to enjoy the symphony of wine nectar and excellent Tuscan food; we started producing "monovarietal oils" to combine with the different types of food, and re-discovered the production of pure saffron, already produced in Florence in the middle age. The chef Claudio Vignali "married" our philosophy and is managing successfully the restaurant since 2008.

The opening of the restaurant 3 years ago also gave us the possibility to offer an extra service to the many people coming every year from all over the world to visit our private castle and to make a holiday in our farm houses surrounded by vineyards and olive groves.

We hope that this will not be the last award that we win in the competition "Best Of Wine Tourism" of the Great Wine Capitals.

Thanks again to the jury for this prize.”

Castello del Trebbio

“We are elated to learn that Clos Pegase was named the global winner in the Art and Culture category in the Great Wine Capitals International Competition.  I am grateful for the many friends we have and the support we have been given in our efforts to create a temple to Wine and Art at Clos Pegase.  My wife Mitsuko and I have devoted our lives to wine and the arts and it is our passion to share our enthusiasm and further the enhancement of culture in our community and the world.”

Jan Shrem, owner of Clos Pegase

“ I believe that David and his team has received this award as a manifestation of his 100% commitment, 100% dedication, and above all his personal talent that makes him the outstanding chef that he is “.

Jean Engelbrecht, Proprietor

"Muga Family would like to thank you GWCGN for this International Best Of Wine Tourism Award we received on the 5th of November in Bordeaux. This International Prize makes us feel very proud, since it means the recognition to a work of many years trying to promote the wine sector in the world of tourism with excellent results.
Thank you very much indeed and we wait for you in our Winery.

All the Best"

Manuel Muga