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'Best of Wine Tourism' 2014 winners announced

Published:  13 November, 2013

The Great Wine Capitals Global Network, an alliance of ten international wine regions, announced the nine winners of its 2014 International Best of Wine Tourism Awards at a gala dinner held November 12, at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, California.

There were a total of 350 applications this year and the nine winners were recognised as being leaders in wine and wine-tourism businesses related specifically to innovation, service and sustainable practices.

The 2014 winners are:   

Bodegas Dinastía Vivanco Rioja, Spain. The venue is a museum and winery complex and won the award for its "Enoturismo y Experiencias" that offers a wide range of exhibitions, courses and other innovative experiences.

Château de Rouillac Bordeaux, France. The château dates back to the 19th century when it belonged to Baron Haussmann, who introduced many urban planning reforms to Paris under Napoleon III. Château de Rouillac is recognised for the preservation of its historical significance; it is also a UNESCO heritage site.

Vergelegen Cape Winelands, South Africa. Dating back to 1685, Vergelegen is renowned for the preservation of its historic buildings and its elegant gardens. It also offers visitors a chance to dine at its award-winning restauraunt.

Brancott Estate: Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Brancott Estate Heritage Centre, at the Brancott Vineyard, is the site of the original Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc plantings.

Castello di Gabbiano Tuscany, Italy. The winery is part of a castle that dates back to the 16th century, although its cellars are some 400 years older. Visitors have the opportunity to stay on the working farm.

Weingut Eppelmann: Rheinhessen, Germany. The winery has set up innovative hiking routes through its vineyards and uses QR codes and internet video to communicate with hikers on the journey.

Bodega Ruca Malen Mendoza, Argentina. The bodega is at the base of the Andes near Mendoza and is recognised for its award-winning restaurant.

The Yeatman Porto, Portugal. A luxury wine hotel with an award-winning wine cellar and Michelin-starred restaurant, The Yeatman is recognised for its modern interpretation of traditional Portuguese cuisine and the-wine related experiences it offers its guests.

The Hess Collection Winery: Mount Veeder, Napa, California. The winery won its award for the extensive private collection of international modern and contemporary paintings and sculpture which guests who come to try their wine are invited to view.

The Great Wine Capitals Global Network was founded in 1999, and is an alliance between ten wine regions: Bordeaux, France; Cape Town and Cape Winelands, South Africa; Christchurch and South Island, New Zealand; Florence, Italy; Mainz and Rheinhessen, Germany; Mendoza, Argentina; Porto, Portugal; Bilbao and Rioja, Spain; San Francisco and Napa Valley, USA and Valparaiso and Casablanca Valley, Chile.

The Best of Wine Tourism awards are an industry benchmark recognising excellence in these ten regions.