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World’s Best Vineyards has unveiled the very best wine tourism destinations across the globe in a ceremony that took place on 20 September at Schloss Johannisberg, Rheingau, Germany. The countdown of the Top 50 vineyards was announced in a hybrid event combining a real-life ceremony and digital live film to showcase the world’s best and most unique vineyards.

Zuccardi Valle de Uco has been voted the World’s Best Vineyard and Best Vineyard in South America for
the third year running

Argentina’s Zuccardi Valle de Uco topped the list, making it a hat trick of celebrations for the Andean winery. The stunning Bodegas de los Herederos del Marques de Riscal in Spain’s Rioja region took second place, and was closely followed by Chateau Margaux in Bordeaux, France.  The 2021 Top 50 vineyards represent 16 countries and includes first-time entrants onto the list from Lebanon and Russia.

The World’s Best Vineyards list aims to highlight the sheer diversity across both established and emerging wine tourism destinations and the list is voted by the Academy of 600 global wine and travel experts. This year saw 10 new destinations in the Top 50 with Karam Wines in Lebanon becoming the highest new entry and reaching number 14 in the list. There are two new Russian entries from the Krasnodar region with Sikory Winery famous for its rocky clay soil entering the list for the first time at number 20 and the Lefkadia Valley hitting number 23.

Karam Wines, Lebanon, won the 2021 Asia Continent Winner and the highest new entry

In the opening speech of the ceremony, Andrew Reed, Managing Director Wine and Exhibitions at William Reed, highlighted that, “Wine tourism is hugely important to the global economy and local economies, creating jobs directly at the wineries but also encouraging visitors to the area and the associated revenue which that generates. This is more important than ever with the recent global situation, and we know that by shining the light on wine tourism as we do with the World’s Best Vineyards the message gets out to more people to come and discover the uniqueness of wine and where it is made.”

Steffen Schindler, this year’s partner from Wines of Germany commented “We’d like to thank the organizers and the masterminds behind these awards for raising awareness of wine tourism worldwide and in Germany, of course. Wine tourism has become a very important economic pillar for many of our wine estates, and we know that the most loyal customers are those that have come to our estates and our wine regions in person.”

2021 Top 50 results: 

Place  Vineyard Country  Continent winner  Highest in country  Position in 2020 
1 Zuccardi Valle de Uco Argentina South America Argentina 1
2 Bodegas de los Herederos del Marqués de Riscal Spain Europe Spain 6
3 Château Margaux France   France 22
4 Bodega Garzón Uruguay   Uruguay 2
5 Montes Chile   Chile 4
6 Antinori nel Chianti Classico Italy   Italy 9
7 Catena Zapata Argentina     11
8 VIK Winery Chile     10
9 González Byass – Bodegas Tio Pepe Spain     18
10 Creation South Africa Africa South Africa n/a
11 Craggy Range New Zealand Australasia New Zealand 17
12 Château Smith Haut Lafitte France     7
13 Champagne Taittinger France     28
14 Karam Wines Lebanon Asia Lebanon n/a
15 Rippon New Zealand     13
16 Quinta do Crasto Portugal   Portugal 8
17 Clos Apalta Chile     27
18 Trapiche Argentina     50
19 Quinta da Aveleda Portugal     n/a
20 Sikory Winery Russia   Russia n/a
21 Chateau Oumsiyat Lebanon     38
22 Domäne Wachau Austria   Austria 3
23 Lefkadia Valley Russia     n/a
24 El Enemigo Wines Argentina     n/a
25 Henschke Australia   Australia 25
26 Familia Torres – Pacs del Penedès Spain     42
27 Soalheiro Portugal     n/a
28 Viña Santa Rita Chile     n/a
29 Quinta do Noval Portugal     49
30 Delaire Graff Estate South Africa     14
31 d’Arenberg Australia     34
32 Abadía Retuerta Spain     n/a
33 Château Mercian Mariko Winery Japan   Japan 30
34 Schloss Johannisberg Germany   Germany 12
35 Bodega Colomé Argentina     n/a
36 Château Mouton Rothschild France     33
37 Penfolds Magill Estate Australia     24
38 Quinta do Bomfim Portugal     n/a
39 Château Héritage Lebanon     48
40 Robert Mondavi Winery United States North America United States 5
41 Viña Casas del Bosque Chile     40
42 SuperUco Argentina     n/a
43 Bodegas RE Chile     32
44 Klein Constantia Winery South Africa     n/a
45 Viu Manent Chile     43
46 Weingut Dr. Loosen Germany     15
47 Ridge Vineyards – Monte Bello United States     16
48 Château Cana Lebanon     n/a
49 Quinta do Vallado Portugal     n/a
50 Quinta do Infantado Portugal     n/a