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Here's where to go to visit the best wineries in the world

If you enjoy visiting wineries while on vacation, you may like to check out the vineyards selected as the best in the world for 2019.

The exterior of Marques de Riscal in Spain
Marques de Riscal in Spain came in ninth position. Image: World’s Best Vineyards

The World’s Best Vineyards aims to raise the profile of wine tourism, and encourage visitors from all over the world to explore the world’s finest wineries. The winners were selected from over 1500 nominated wineries and were chosen by a voting academy from around the globe.

Wine barrels at Montes in Chile
Montes in Chile came in sixth position. Image: World’s Best Vineyards

Argentina’s Zuccardi Valle de Uco was named the World’s Best Vineyard 2019. The Mendoza-based winner was founded in 1963, and its visitor centre showcases stunning views of the vineyards and mountains. It offers winery tours and tastings, and its Piedra Infinita Cocina restaurant offers a four-course seasonal menu as well as recommended paired wines.

The exterior of Zuccardi Valle de Uco in Argentina
Zuccardi Valle de Uco, Argentina, was voted World’s Best Vineyard 2019. Image: World’s Best Vineyards

When it came to continents, Zuccardi also won the trophy for South America, Rioja’s R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia won for Europe and Rippon from New Zealand took the Australasia trophy. Robert Mondavi Winery was the winner of the North America trophy, Vergelegen Wine Estate triumphed in Africa, and Lebanon’s Chateau Heritage was the winner for Middle East and Asia.

The exterior of Weingut Dr. Loosen in Germany
Weingut Dr. Loosen in Germany came in tenth position. Image: World’s Best Vineyards

The top ten saw a particularly strong showing from South America, with two wineries from Argentina, two from Chile and one from Uruguay. In terms of success by country, Chile triumphed overall with eight listings in the top 50, while France had seven listings. In total, 17 countries were represented among the winners.

The interior of Catena Zapata winery in Argentina
Catena Zapata in Argentina came in fifth position. Image: World’s Best Vineyards

The top ten winners are:

1. Zuccardi Valle de Uco, Argentina
2. Bodega Garzón, Uruguay
3. R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia, S.A., Spain
4. Quinta do Crasto, Portugal
5. Catena Zapata, Argentina
6. Montes, Chile
6. Clos Apalta Winery, Chile
8. Rippon, New Zealand
9. Marqués de Riscal, Spain
10. Weingut Dr. Loosen, Germany

The exterior of Bodega Garzón in Uruguay
Bodega Garzón in Uruguay came in second place. Image: World’s Best Vineyards

The World’s Best Vineyards is sponsored by the International Wine Challenge and designed by the team at William Reed, which is an information source for the food and drink industry. More information can be found here.