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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 Restaurants and 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
1 Zuccardi Valle de Uco, Argentina (continent winner - South America)
2 Bodega Garzón, Uruguay
3 R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia, S.A, Spain (continent winner - Europe)
4 Quinta do Crasto, Portugal
5 Catena Zapata, Argentina
=6 Montes, Chile
=6 Clos Apalta Winery, Chile
8 Rippon, New Zealand (continent winner - Australasia)
9 Marqués de Riscal, Spain
10 Weingut Dr. Loosen, Germany
11 Craggy Range, New Zealand
12 Robert Mondavi Winery, USA (continent winner - North America)
13 Penfolds Magill Estate, Australia
14 Viña VIK, Chile
15 Weingut Tement, Austria
16 Château Smith Haut Lafitte, France
17 Viña Errázuriz, Chile
18 Antinori nel Chianti Classico, Italy
=19 Opus One Winery, USA
=19 Domäne Wachau eGen, Austria
21 Schloss Johannisberg, Germany
22 Château Margaux, France
23 Viu Manent SA, Chile
24 Vivanco. Bodega, Fundación, Experiencias, Spain
25 Bodega Colomé, Argentina
=26 Viña Santa Rita, Chile
=26 Bodegas Salentein, Argentina
28 Familia Torres - Pacs del Penedès, Spain
29 d'Arenberg, Australia
=30 Viña Casas del Bosque, Austria
=30 Schloss Gobelsburg, Chile
32 Bodegas RE, Chile
33 Schloss Vollrads, Germany
34 Vergelegen Estate, South Africa (continent winner - Africa)
35 Domaine Sigalas, Greece
36 Ridgeview, UK
37 Quinta do Bomfim, Portugal
38 Veuve Clicquot, France
=39 Delaire Graff Estate, South Africa
=39 Château Mouton Rothschild, France
41 El Enemigo Wines, Argentina
42 E.Guigal, France
43 Domaine Henri Bourgeois, France
44 Bodega Bouza, Uruguay
45 Creation Wines, South Africa
46 Ruinart, France
47 Seppeltsfield Barossa, Australia
48 Kir-Yianni, Greece
49 Château Heritage, Lebanon (continent winner - Asia)
50 Mission Hill Family Estate, Canada
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