The World’s Best Vineyards Revealed

The World’s Best Vineyards Revealed

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By Georgie Murray | 16th July 2020

Fancy yourself as palate player when it comes to wine? Or perhaps you’re less sip-sip, more travel-travel?

Either way, this is sure to impress both wine lovers and globetrotters alike! The 2020 World’s Best Vineyards has revealed the top 50 best wine tourism destinations across the globe in a virtual awards ceremony and some of the destinations may surprise you! Spanning across 18 countries and including first-time winners from India, Japan and Bulgaria, the list is interesting to say the least.

Your mind may wander to the hills of Tuscany, Napa Valley or southern France when it comes to the perfect drop, however the results show we could be overlooking the best wine regions on offer.

And what about our Barossa, Margaret River and Hunter Valley headliners? Have a look how they stacked up amongst the world’s best!

*Drum roll and glass of wine at-the-ready please*

The winner of the 2020 World’s Best Vineyards is Argentina’s Zuccardi Valle de Uco, taking out the title for the second year running! The vineyard started from the first seeds planted in 1963 by Zuccardi’s grandfather and the fruits of his labour have flourished ever since. The vineyard is what architectural dreams are made of with natural materials, stones from the land and cement, both outside and in. The landscape surrounding the vineyard is just as breathtaking as the winery itself, with their wines obviously just as renowned.

 

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Coming in at second place, Uruguay’s Bodega Garzon. The vineyard and winery is just as spectacular at Zuccardi’s so it must’ve been a close call! With innovation, sustainability and history the foundation of the company, it’s a destination that certainly deserves a spot on everyone’s travel bucket list whether you like wine or not!

 

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Now a little north, third place was Austria’s Domäne Wachau which jumped 16 places ahead from the 2019 rankings. This vineyard and winery may closer resemble the visions you have of a traditional landscape featuring a dry stone walled cellar door and mountainous landscapes.

 

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So, how did our Aussie vineyards stack up? Adelaide’s Penfolds Magill Estate came in at number 24, followed by Henschke at number 25 and d’Arenberg at number 34.

See the full list, below.

Position

Vineyard name

Country

2019 position

1 The World’s Best Vineyard & The Best Vineyard in South America

Zuccardi Valle de Uco

Argentina

1

2

Bodega Garzón

Uruguay

2

3 & The Best Vineyard in Europe

Domäne Wachau

Austria

=19

4

Montes

Chile

=6

5 & The Best Vineyard in North America

Robert Mondavi Winery

United States

12

6

Bodegas de los Herederos del Marqués de Riscal

Spain

9

7

Château Smith Haut Lafitte

France

16

8

Quinta do Crasto

Portugal

4

9

Antinori nel Chianti Classico

Italy

18

10

VIK Winery

Chile

14

11

Catena Zapata

Argentina

5

12

Fürst von Metternich-Winneburg'sche Domäne Schloss Johannisberg

Germany

21

13 & The Best Vineyard in Australasia

Rippon

New Zealand

8

14 & The Best Vineyard in Africa

Delaire Graff Estate

South Africa

=39

15

Weingut Dr. Loosen

Germany

10

16

Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello

United States

NEW

17

Craggy Range

New Zealand

11

18

González Byass - Bodega Tio Pepe

Spain

NEW

19

Château Pichon Baron

France

NEW

20

Opus One Winery

United States

=19

21

Ceretto

Italy

NEW

22

CHÂTEAU MARGAUX

France

22

23

Bodegas Salentein

Argentina

=26

24

Penfolds Magill Estate

Australia

13

25

Henschke

Australia

NEW

26

Bodega Bouza

Uruguay

44

27

Clos Apalta

Chile

=6

28

Champagne Taittinger

France

NEW

29

Champagne Billecart-Salmon

France

NEW

30 & The Best Vineyard in Asia

Château Mercian Mariko Winery

Japan

NEW

31

Château d'Yquem

France

NEW

32

Bodegas RE

Chile

32

33

Château Mouton Rothschild

France

=39

34

d'Arenberg

Australia

29

35

Viña Errázuriz

Chile

17

36

GAJA

Italy

NEW

37

DOMAINE SIGALAS SA

Greece

35

38

Château Oumsiyat

Lebanon

NEW

39

Wine Cellar Villa Melnik

Bulgaria

NEW

40

Viña Casas del Bosque

Chile

=30

41

BODEGAS VIVANCO

Spain

24

42

Familia Torres

Spain

28

43

VIU MANENT

Chile

23

44

Maison Ruinart

France

46

45

Domaine Marcel Deiss

France

NEW

46

KRSMA Estates

India

NEW

47

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

United States

NEW

48

Château Heritage

Lebanon

49

49

Quinta do Noval

Portugal

NEW

50

Trapiche

Argentina

NEW

Notes regarding the voting process:

The list is based on nominations from a voting academy, made up of over 500 leading wine experts, sommeliers and travel correspondents from across the 18 defined geographical regions. For more information see here.

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Article by Georgie Murray

Georgie is a Journalist with a knack for bad jokes and dating disasters. A total open book, there’s no topic off limits for this Rod Stewart enthusiast. Starting her career in Broadcast Journalism, Georgie has since gone back to basics of the written word with a particular love for taboo topics and fashion media.