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Argentinian winner tops the 50 best vineyards in the world for 2020

Named the world’s 50 best vineyards for 2020, with last year’s Argentinian winner overall again, fifth best American winery and New Zealand regional Australasia crown

  • Argentina’s Zuccardi Valle de Uco was crowned the world’s best vineyard by a prestigious global voice academy
  • During an online ceremony on Monday evening, Bodega Garzon in Uruguay was voted the second best vineyard
  • The Top 50 vineyards of 2020 represented 18 countries and included the first winners from India and Japan

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The world’s best vineyards for 2020 have been unveiled – and last year’s winner has reclaimed the top spot.

Argentina’s Zuccardi Valle de Uco has been crowned the world’s best vineyard by a prestigious global voice academy with nearly 500 leading wine enthusiasts, sommeliers and luxury travel correspondents. They suggested destinations based on the overall visitor experience, including, but not limited to, atmosphere, cuisine, tours, and the view.

During an online ceremony on Monday night, Bodega Garzon in Uruguay was voted the second best vineyard – for a consecutive year – Domäne Wachau in Austria jumped 16 places to take third place, Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa, California, replaced fifth place and the best berth for America – and Rippon in New Zealand was crowned best in Australia and placed 13th overall.

The Argentinean Zuccardi Valle de Uco depicted was crowned the world's best vineyard by a prestigious global voice academy

The Argentinean Zuccardi Valle de Uco depicted was crowned the world’s best vineyard by a prestigious global voice academy

The stylish tasting room in Zendo-based Zuccardi Valle de Uco, which was established in 1963

The stylish tasting room in Zendo-based Zuccardi Valle de Uco, which was established in 1963

The stylish tasting room in Zendo-based Zuccardi Valle de Uco, which was established in 1963

During an online ceremony on Monday night, Bodega Garzon in Uruguay, in the photo, was voted the second best vineyard

During an online ceremony on Monday night, Bodega Garzon in Uruguay, in the photo, was voted the second best vineyard

During an online ceremony on Monday night, Bodega Garzon in Uruguay, in the photo, was voted the second best vineyard

A panoramic shot of this year's third seeded vineyard - Domäne Wachau in Austria

A panoramic shot of this year's third seeded vineyard - Domäne Wachau in Austria

A panoramic shot of this year’s third seeded vineyard – Domäne Wachau in Austria

The 2020 Top 50 vineyards represented 18 countries and included winners from India, Bulgaria and Japan for the first time – but no vineyard in the UK was so impressed to make it to the award.

Last year, East Sussex effervescent Ridgeview ranked 36th.

An award ceremony read: “The World’s Best Vineyards List aims to raise the profile of wine tourism, and despite the difficult conditions the travel industry has faced this year, organizer William Reed and 2020 partner Sonoma County Winegrowers wanted to transfer the efforts of wineries worldwide.

The Top 50 announcement hopes to encourage travel to these prime destinations when the doors begin to open again for visitors. ‘

The Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa, California finished in fifth place. In the foreground is the statue of sculptor Beniamino Bufano of Saint Francis of Assisi, which is on loan to the vineyard

The Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa, California finished in fifth place. In the foreground is the statue of sculptor Beniamino Bufano of Saint Francis of Assisi, which is on loan to the vineyard

The Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa, California finished in fifth place. In the foreground is the statue of sculptor Beniamino Bufano of Saint Francis of Assisi, which is on loan to the vineyard

Shown here is the world's fourth best vineyard - Montes in Chile

Shown here is the world's fourth best vineyard - Montes in Chile

Shown here is the world’s fourth best vineyard – Montes in Chile

Corking: Innumerable barrels of wine in the Montes vineyard. Last year came sixth

Corking: Innumerable barrels of wine in the Montes vineyard. Last year came sixth

Corking: Innumerable barrels of wine in the Montes vineyard. Last year came sixth

Rippon in New Zealand, pictured, was crowned best vineyard in Australasia and ranked 13th. It is located on the shore of Lake Wanaka on the South Island

Rippon in New Zealand, pictured, was crowned best vineyard in Australasia and ranked 13th. It is located on the shore of Lake Wanaka on the South Island

Rippon in New Zealand, pictured, was crowned best vineyard in Australasia and ranked 13th. It is located on the shore of Lake Wanaka on the South Island

KRSMA Estates, depicted in the Hampi Hills of India, gave the country its very first ranking in the top 50

KRSMA Estates, depicted in the Hampi Hills of India, gave the country its very first ranking in the top 50

KRSMA Estates, depicted in the Hampi Hills of India, gave the country its very first ranking in the top 50

The wacky Marqués de Riscal vineyard (photo) in Spain finished sixth overall

The wacky Marqués de Riscal vineyard (photo) in Spain finished sixth overall

The wacky Marqués de Riscal vineyard (photo) in Spain finished sixth overall

Weingut winery Dr. Loosen in Germany, which makes exceptional rieslings, finished 15th worldwide

Weingut winery Dr. Loosen in Germany, which makes exceptional rieslings, finished 15th worldwide

Weingut winery Dr. Loosen in Germany, which makes exceptional rieslings, finished 15th worldwide

THE 50 BEST WINE TOURISM DESTINATIONS FOR 2020

1. Zuccardi Valle de Uco, Argentina (winner continent – South America)

2. Bodega Garzón, Uruguay

3. Domäne Wachau, Austria (continent winner – Europe)

4. Montes, Chili

5. Robert Mondavi Winery, United States (winner continent – North America)

6. Bodegas de los Herederos del Marqués de Riscal, Spain

7. Château Smith Haut Lafitte, France

8. Quinta do Crasto, Portugal

9. Antinori nel Chianti Classico, Italy

10. VIK Winery, Chili

11. Catena Zapata, Argentina

12. Fürst von Metternich-Winneburg’sche Domäne Schloss Johannisberg, Germany

13. Rippon, New Zealand (continent winner – Australasia)

14. Delaire Graff Estate, South Africa (continent winner – Africa)

15. Weingut Dr. Loosen, Germany

16. Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello, United States

17. Craggy Range, New Zealand

18. González Byass – Bodega Tio Pepe, Spain

19. Château Pichon Baron, France

20. Opus One Winery, United States

21. Ceretto, Italy

22. Château Margaux, France

23. Bodegas Salentein, Argentina

24. Penfolds Magill Estate, Australia

25. Henschke, Australia

26. Bodega Bouza, Uruguay

27. Close Apalta, Chili

28. Champagne Taittinger, France

29. Champagne Billecart salmon, France

30. Château Mercian Mariko Winery, Japan (continent winner – Asia)

31. Château d’Yquem, France

32. Bodegas RE, Chili

33. Château Mouton Rothschild, France

34. d’Arenberg, Australia

35. Viña Errázuriz, Chili

36. GAJA, Italy

37. DOMAINE SIGALAS SA, Greece

38. Château Oumsiyat, Lebanon

39. Wine cellar Villa Melnik, Bulgaria

40. Viña Casas del Bosque, Chili

41. Bodegas Vivanco, Spain

42. Familia Torres, Spain

43. Viu Manent, Chili

44. Maison Ruinart, France

45. Domaine Marcel Deiss, France

46. KRSMA Estates, India

47. Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, United States

48. Château Heritage, Lebanon

49. Quinta do Noval, Portugal

50. Trapiche, Argentina

Source: World’s Best Vineyards 2020

In an opening speech at the virtual ceremony, founder Andrew Reed praised the wine industry for its quick adaptability to current travel restrictions: “It testifies to this great community of winemakers and wineries that your flexibility and responsiveness have allowed you to adapt your business model to survive and even thrive! ‘

Reed also emphasized how vineyards should be ready to reconnect with customers as the world comes out of the lockdown.

Karissa Kruse, President of Sonoma County Winegrowers, said, “We were looking forward to welcoming guests to Sonoma County, the most sustainable wine region in the world, but were excited to continue to unveil the Top 50.

This year’s virtual announcement reflects the ways wineries around the world, and not least ours here in Sonoma County, have so skillfully adapted to the current situation. Many wineries in Sonoma County are opening their doors to visitors again and we look forward to another great season. “

The highest ranked vineyard in Sonoma County is the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, which offers an extensive range of attractions from a landscaped park to restaurants, poolside poolside cabanas, movie theater, movie gallery, bowling alleys and a performing arts pavilion .

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