For the second consecutive year, world-renowned oenophiles have gathered together to select the top 50 best wine tourism destination across the globe. This year's World's Best Vineyards awards were announced virtually on Monday in partnership with Sonoma County Winegrowers to recognize the efforts of the world's most outstanding vintners.
An academy of 500 renowned wine experts, sommeliers and travel correspondents from around the world collaborated on this list. Each region of the world is designated an expert as its Academy Chair, who is responsible for recruiting 36 wine and travel experts, and together vote for seven vineyards in preferential order that offer the best overall experience in tour, tasting, ambiance, wine, food, staff, view, value for money, reputation, accessibility. Four of the vineyards must be outside of a group's represented region to ensure the best wineries worldwide are truly being represented.
South American wineries held on to their #1 and #2 spots in 2020: Argentina’s Zuccardi Valle de Uco and Bodega Garzón in Uruguay, respectively. Austria's Domäne Wachau, shown above, jumped 16 spots this year, landing at #3. First-time winners included wineries from India, Bulgaria, and Japan and 17 new destinations made the 2020 Top 50 list.
The World's Best Vineyard & Best Vineyard in South America: Zuccardi Valle de Uco (Argentina), #1 overall
The Best Vineyard in Europe: Domäne Wachau (Austria), #3 overall
The Best Vineyard in North America: Robert Mondavi Vineyard (Napa, CA), #12 overall
The Best Vineyard in Australasia: Rippon (New Zealand), #8 overall
The Best Vineyard in Africa: Delaire Graff Estate (South Africa), #39 overall
The Best Vineyard in Asia: Château Mercian Mariko Winery (Japan), #30 overall
The 2020 Top 50 list is full of incredible locales, spanning 18 countries. From breezy Napa Valley wineries to breathtaking modern architectural wonders and UNESCO-protected ancient cellars, these beautiful wineries are worth a visit for a myriad of reasons on your next vacation. Discover the full list of winners, below:
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