OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE Argentina’s Zuccardi Valle de Uco has been named the World’s Best Vineyards by a prestigious voting academy from around the globe. A visit to this unique winery is a must.
The visitor centre, which showcases the stunning views of the vineyards and mountains, is open Wednesdays to Sundays, while winery tours and tastings may be reserved throughout the day.
The Piedra Infinita Cocina restaurant, meanwhile, offers a refined four-course seasonal menu as well as recommended wines of pairing.
The aim of the World’s Best Vineyards list is to raise the profile of wine tourism, and encourage visitors from all over the world to explore the world’s best wineries and vineyards.
The Mendoza based winner, founded in 1963, beat competition from around the world to be rated number one. The top ten saw a particularly strong showing from South America; two wineries from Argentina, two from Chile and one from Uruguay. In terms of success by country, Chile triumphed overall with eight listings amongst the top 50, beating Old World stalwart France with seven listings.
In total, 17 countries were represented, including classic wine producing countries as well as emerging wine producing countries such as the UK (Ridgeview – 36th), Lebanon (Chateau Heritage – 49th), and Canada (Mission Hill Winery – 50th).
While Zuccardi won the continent trophy South America, the other continent trophy winners are Rioja’s López de Heredia Vina Tondonia for Europe (3rd place), Rippon from New Zealand for the Australasia Continent Trophy (8th place), Robert Mondavi Winery for the North America Trophy (12th place), Vergelegen Wine Estate in Africa (34th place), and Lebanon’s Chateau Heritage for Middle East Asia (49th).
José Alberto Zuccardi, Managing Director of Zuccardi Valle de Uco, number one on the list, commented: “It’s a great surprise and a great pleasure for us to have the recognition as the World’s Best Vineyard 2019. As a family, we put a lot of passion in what we do; there are three generations of us all working together at the winery.
Our objective is to give consumers the full experience from the Uco Valley, through the wine, the ingredients in our restaurant which is sourced locally, and even the earth, as we use local concrete for the winery. It’s all about the terroir. Everything we do is an expression of Argentina, and specifically an expression of Uco Valley.
Such recognition makes me absolutely thrilled, and pushes us to continue our efforts. I can’t wait to celebrate at home!”
Position Vineyard Country Continent Winner
1 Zuccardi Valle de Uco – Argentina South America
2 Bodega Garzón – Uruguay
3 R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia, S.A. – Spain Europe
4 Quinta do Crasto – Portugal
5 Catena Zapata – Argentina
6 Montes – Chile
6 Clos Apalta Winery – Chile
8 Rippon – New Zealand Australasia
9 Marqués de Riscal – Spain
10 Weingut Dr. Loosen – Germany
11 Craggy Range – New Zealand
12 Robert Mondavi Winery – USA North America
13 Penfolds Magill Estate – Australia
14 Viña VIK – Chile
15 Weingut Tement – Austria
16 Château Smith Haut Lafitte – France
17 Viña Errázuriz – Chile
18 Antinori – nel Chianti Classico Italy
19 Opus One Winery – USA
19 Domäne Wachau – Austria
21 Schloss Johannisberg – Germany
22 Château Margaux – France
23 Viu Manent SA – Chile
24 Vivanco. Bodega, Fundación, Experiencias – Spain
25 Bodega Colomé – Argentina
26 Viña Santa Rita – Chile
26 Bodegas Salentein – Argentina
28 Familia Torres – Pacs del Penedès Spain
29 d’Arenberg – Australia
30 Viña Casas del Bosque – Chile
30 Schloss Gobelsburg – Austria
32 Bodegas RE – Chile
33 Schloss Vollrads – Germany
34 Vergelegen Estate – South Africa Africa
35 Domaine Sigalas – Greece
36 Ridgeview – UK
37 Quinta do Bomfim – Portugal
38 Veuve Clicquot – France
39 Delaire Graff Estate – South Africa
39 Château Mouton Rothschild – France
41 El Enemigo Wines – Argentina
42 E.Guigal – France
43 Domaine Henri Bourgeois – France
44 Bodega Bouza – Uruguay
45 Creation Wines – South Africa
46 Ruinart – France
47 Seppeltsfield Barossa – Australia
48 Kir-Yianni – Greece
49 Château Heritage Lebanon – Asia
50 Mission Hill Family Estate – Canada
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