Indian vineyard makes the 2020 ‘World’s Best’ cut

The 50 best wine tourism destinations have been revealed

Argentina’s Zuccardi Valle de Uco has been named the top winery in the world for the second successive year by the aptly named World’s Best Vineyards, which this week unveiled its Top 50 wine tourism destinations.

Coming in second was Bodega Garzon in Uruguay, also repeating its 2019 result, followed by Domäne Wachau in Austria which surged to third after placing 16th last year.

Zuccardi Valle de Uco, Argentina was voted the World's Best Vineyard for 2020

They were among 18 countries in this year’s Top 50 picks, which also included first-time winners from India (KRSMA Estates), Bulgaria (Wine Cellar Villa Melnik) and Japan (Château Mercian Mariko Winery). There were also 17 new destinations featured in the list.

The 2020 event was the first time organisers had conducted the awards virtually.

The World’s Best Vineyards list aims to raise the profile of wine tourism and despite the difficult circumstances that the travel industry has faced this year, the organiser William Reed and 2020 host partner Sonoma County Winegrowers wanted to recognise the efforts of wineries around the globe.

Bodega Garzón in Uruguay

The announcement of the Top 50 hopes to drive travel to these destinations as cellar doors begin to open again to visitors. Founder Andrew Reed applauded the wine industry for its quick adaptability to current restrictions on travel: “It is testament to this amazing community of winemakers and wineries that your flexibility and speed of response has allowed you to adapt your business model to survive, and even thrive!”

On a local front, there were three Australian vineyards on the list, all in South Australia – Penfolds Magill Estate (24th), Henschke (25th) and d’Arenberg (34th). There were two New Zealand vineyards in the mix – Rippon (13th) in the Wanaka region on the South Island and Craggy Range (17th), south of Napier on the North Island.

The complete list is below:

Position Vineyard name Country 2019 position
1 Zuccardi Valle de Uco Argentina 1
2 Bodega Garzón Uruguay 2
3 Domäne Wachau Austria 19
4 Montes Chile 6
5 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 Rippon New Zealand 8
14 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
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 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
38 Château Oumsiyat Lebanon NEW
39 Wine Cellar Villa Melnik Bulgaria NEW
40 Viña Casas del Bosque Chile 30
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

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Lead image: KRSMA Estates, India – the first vineyard in India to make the list

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