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Oct 17, 2022

MENDOZA, EPICENTER OF GREAT WINE EVENTS

Mendoza, as the main producer and exporter of the national drink, is the wine center of Argentina. You can experience the culture of wine in every corner and throughout the year, thanks to a full agenda of activities. The last quarter of 2022 is fully loaded! There will be so much to enjoy! Here we share the highlights with you. Come to Mendoza and immerse yourself in the wine world!
World’s Best Vineyards

The highly anticipated World’s Best Vineyards list is back this October, showcasing the very best of wine tourism across the globe. Now an annual event, this year’s list is to be revealed at a special live event hosted by Mendoza, Argentina on 26th October and viewers from around the world can tune in to view the countdown on YouTube.

The live event will take place at Piedra Infinita Winery (Zuccardi Valle De Uco) in Mendoza, the number one vineyard on the list for the past three years (2019 – 2021) and the first vineyard to enter the new ‘Best of the Best’ Hall of Fame. The new ‘Best of the Best’ category will be formed of vineyards that top the annual vote of the World’s 50 Best Vineyards three years in a row and are therefore no longer eligible to be voted on new editions of the list. With the launch of this new category, the World’s Best Vineyards 2022 list will see a new vineyard crowned number one, and will also shine a spotlight on a new highest placed Mendoza vineyard.

This year’s host, Mendoza, had five wineries in last year’s top 50 and is renowned as the main wine producing region in Argentina with more than 150,000 hectares of vineyards and over 800 wineries across the region. As well as this, Mendoza is home to beautiful natural scenery, including rivers and valleys where tourists can enjoy a range of outdoor activities such as horse riding, rafting, sunset mountain biking and zip-lining.

The World’s Best Vineyards annual list highlights the top vineyards to visit globally and aims to promote wine tourism around the world. Each year the list showcases unique vineyards with unrivalled visitor experiences, from modern architectural wonders, UNESCO-protected ancient cellars, and Michelin-starred restaurants to family-run wineries with intimate tours. The Voting Academy consists of over 500 leading wine experts, sommeliers and travel experts and they submit their nominations based on the different criteria that make the best destination vineyard, including quality of the overall experience, ambiance, cuisine, activities, views, staff, and value for money. The results are then collated and converted into the World’s Best Vineyards list.

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Annual Conference of the Great Wine Capitals

This year, Mendoza will host the Annual Assembly of Great Wine Capitals Global Network. This encounter will bring together representatives of all member cities. 

From October 30th to November 3rd, the delegations will meet to reflect and organize activities around the slogan “Wine for a New World”. They will also explore the wine regions of Mendoza and their wine tourism offer.

The meeting will end at Los Toneles Winery, with a Gala Dinner and the Award Ceremony for the Best of Wine Tourism international contest. This contest prizes the best practices in wine tourism from the 11 Capitals that forms the network.

You can explore the program in: https://mendoza.tur.ar/conferencia-anual-grandes-capitales-del-vino-2022/

There are some activities open to the public. You can learn more about them at https://forms.gle/ikCjSCT6iK4x8Cwg7

Premium Tasting

This activity started in 2011 with the aim of enjoying and discovering the most outstanding wines of the Continent, hand in hand with their creators.

The main event is hosted in Argentina. It takes place every year in the City of Mendoza and lasts 2 days. This year, the meeting will be on November 18 and 19.

The first day will offer various clinics and seminars about topics of interest, both for the industry and for the press and wine lovers.

The second day will be the central tasting, the Premium Tasting. It is a great blind tasting for more than 500 people, directed by specialists, where participants can taste the best exponents of local viticulture.

Winery owners, winemakers, wine buyers, sommeliers, specialized press and the general public will be part of this encounter.  You can learn more about this at Premium Tasting

Best Sommelier in Argentina Contest

The Best Sommelier of Argentina Contest is the most important event of the Argentine sommellerie and a relevant activity in the wine calendar.

More than a competition, it is a path of growth and improvement for sommeliers from all over the country. It involves not only the testing instances, but also the previous period of preparation and practice.

It is a comprehensive learning experience, of great value, both from the professional as well from the human perspective.

This new edition will take place between November 23 and 27, 2022. Besides the competition it will include other activities such as seminars, wine fair, tastings guided by experts, talks with international figures and much more. It is the first time that this competition is held outside of the city of Buenos Aires.

The contest will be broadcasted live through the YouTube of the Association of Sommeliers of Argentina. https://www.youtube.com/asociacionargentinadesommeliers

 

Photo credits:

Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Mendoza
Association of Sommeliers of Argentina