Zuccardi Valle de Uco, located at the foot of the Andes in the Mendoza region, was awarded gold for the stunning architectural design of the wine complex complete with incredible views of the vineyards and mountains and terroir driven wines from wine maker Sabastian Zuccardi. Guests are treated to vineyard tours and wine tastings and the opportunity to dine at the vineyard's restaurant Piedra Infinita Cocina, with a four-course seasonal menu matched with wines.
South American wineries boast half of the top ten places with other Argentinean producer, two from Chile and one from Uruguay. Europe also shows a strong presence with Spain, Portugal and Germany all represented in the top ten.
WHAT IS THE WORLD'S 50 BEST VINEYARDS?
The World's Best Vineyards is a new award and comes from the same organisers as the prestigious World's 50 Best Restaurantsand World's 50 Best Bars awards.
The award is managed by an Academy of nearly 500 leading wine aficionados, sommeliers, and luxury travel correspondents from across the globe, divided into geographical regions who nominate their seven top vineyard experiences.
What is the judging criteria?
There's no preset list of requirements but the Academy look beyond the wines at the "whole experience" including the "restaurant, tour, ambiance, staff, the view, the price, reputation, accessibility, everything that makes a vineyard visit a valuable and rewarding experience for visitors."
See the list of the World's 50 Best Vineyards below and click here for more details.
THE WORLD'S 50 BEST VINEYARDS
Zuccardi Valle de Uco, Argentina (continent winner - South America)
Bodega Garzón, Uruguay
R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia, S.A, Spain (continent winner - Europe)
Quinta do Crasto, Portugal
Catena Zapata, Argentina
Clos Apalta Winery, Chile
Rippon, New Zealand (continent winner - Australasia)
Marqués de Riscal, Spain
Weingut Dr. Loosen, Germany
Craggy Range, New Zealand
Robert Mondavi Winery, USA (continent winner - North America)
Penfolds Magill Estate, Australia
Viña VIK, Chile
Weingut Tement, Austria
Château Smith Haut Lafitte, France
Viña Errázuriz, Chile
Antinori nel Chianti Classico, Italy
Opus One Winery, USA
Domäne Wachau eGen, Austria
Schloss Johannisberg, Germany
Château Margaux, France
Viu Manent SA, Chile
Vivanco. Bodega, Fundación, Experiencias, Spain
Bodega Colomé, Argentina
Viña Santa Rita, Chile
Bodegas Salentein, Argentina
Familia Torres - Pacs del Penedès, Spain
Viña Casas del Bosque, Austria
Schloss Gobelsburg, Chile
Bodegas RE, Chile
Schloss Vollrads, Germany
Vergelegen Estate, South Africa (continent winner - Africa)
Domaine Sigalas, Greece
Quinta do Bomfim, Portugal
Veuve Clicquot, France
Delaire Graff Estate, South Africa
Château Mouton Rothschild, France
El Enemigo Wines, Argentina
Domaine Henri Bourgeois, France
Bodega Bouza, Uruguay
Creation Wines, South Africa
Seppeltsfield Barossa, Australia
Château Heritage, Lebanon (continent winner - Asia)
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