(CNN) — The comforting glug of wine into glass has been just one of the couple pleasures left to us in the course of the extended months of lockdown — but how significantly greater to love it on a sunlit vineyard terrace.
The World’s Most effective Vineyards awards, produced to honor the greatest in present day wine tourism, was meant to be held this yr in the lush surrounds of California’s Sonoma County wine location, but — 2020 being 2020 — the winners this yr were revealed on-line.
There was 1 frequent in these topsy-turvy situations nonetheless South America continues to be the ideal place for a winery holiday (the moment we’re all touring again).
Winner at the inaugural 2019 awards and now all over again in 2020, Zuccardi Valle de Uco is an Argentinian winery in the heart of the Uco Valley, at the foot of the Andes mountains. A spouse and children-operate small business founded in 1963, it provides what the Best Winery Awards calls “precision-made higher-altitude wines” out of a beautiful modernist bodega.
Uruguay’s Bodega Garzón, at the time all over again in 2nd place, was praised as a chief in sustainability. It features a prime-course application of tastings and events, and its 120-seat restaurant provides Uruguayan delicacies and panoramic views of the bordering countryside.
Bodega Garzon is in Uruguay’s coastal area of Maldonado.
Courtesy Bodega Garzon/World’s Ideal Vineyards
No checklist, no standards
The awards are primarily based on nominations from a Voting Academy designed up of much more than 500 wine experts across the world. To guarantee the Academy is representative, the globe is divided into 18 geographical areas, with 36 professionals in each.
“There is no predetermined checklist or requirements,” mentioned awards founder Andrew Reed as he launched the stay-streamed party. “The expertise will just take in all sorts of items linked with the go to. The tour, the tasting, the ambiance, the architecture, the wine, the food, the staff, the view… The list goes on.”
There were 5 South The us winners in the top rated 20, with Chile’s Montes and Viña Vik at 4 and 10 respectively, and Argentina’s Catena Zapata, with its pyramid-like structure influenced by Mayan architecture, dropping this calendar year to No. 11.
Europe’s greatest vineyard — shooting up 16 positions to 3rd location — is not to be observed in the standard wine areas of France or Italy, but in an Austrian valley formed by the Danube River. Domäne Wachau, with its baroque castle and UNESCO Earth Heritage web-site surroundings, also wows with its Grüner Veltliner white wines.
Far better calendar year for Europe
The best-placed French winery was Château Smith Haut Lafitte, in close proximity to Bordeaux, at No. 7, which climbed 7 places this yr. Château Pichon Baron, also in Bordeaux, broke into the leading 20 at No. 19.
Italy’s very best winery was Antinori nel Chianti Classico in Tuscany, up 9 locations to No. 9. Its new cellar, opened in 2012, is a superb brick-pink framework of terracotta and wooden and is, stated the World’s Very best Vineyards voiceover, “built for gravity-circulation winemaking.” With no use of pumps or mechanics, it can be a gentler approach to an historic craft.
Spain’s Marques de Riscal winery (up a few areas to No. 6), with its eye-popping style and design by famous architect Frank Gehry, is regular of the new breed of vineyard where by prime-course architecture is on the menu alongside the traditional varietals and gourmet foods offerings.
You can remain in this Gehry lodge at Spain’s Marques de Riscal winery.
Courtesy Marqués de Riscal/World’s Most effective Vineyards
Amazing new vineyard from Japan
New Zealand’s Rippon, a biodynamic winery on the shores of Lake Wanaka, dropped 5 places to No. 13, but was continue to named Very best Vineyard in Australasia.
North America’s maximum entry was Robert Mondavi Vineyard in Napa Valley, which climbed 7 sites to No. 5. It produces entire world-class Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve and Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon.
The best climber, however, was Delaire Graff Estate, in South Africa’s Cape Winelands. Leaping 25 spots up the checklist, and boasting “unparalleled views of the Banhoek Valley, Stellenbosch vineyards and Table Mountain,” it landed in 14th position and was named Most effective in Africa.
Japan’s Château Mercian Mariko Vineyard, which only opened in September 2019, produced a really remarkable debut at No. 30, and was named Very best in Asia.
Lebanon’s emerging wine scene was represented by Château Oumsiyat (No. 38) and Chateau Heritage (No.48) and there were being new entries from India (KRSMA Estates, No. 46) and Bulgaria (Wine Cellar Villa Melnik, No. 39).
The return of wine tourism
“There is no one definition for an amazing vineyard expertise in the exact same way as there is no solitary definition for an remarkable wine,” said Reed as he introduced the dwell-streamed event.
“As the earth commences to emerge from lockdown, individuals will begin shut to property to commence with, and ultimately they will grow to be additional bold, and they will enterprise more away from residence to locate the food stuff and consume which they want.
“There will of class be variances close to the planet, but I am certain we will get as a result of this incredibly soon.”