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SA cellar doors named in world’s 50 best vineyards winners list

Only three Australian vineyards made the top 50 list, with all three from South Australia.


Featured image: Henschke, Barossa

World’s Best Vineyards has revealed the 50 best wine tourism destinations in the world in the first-ever virtual vineyard awards on 13 July with Argentina’s Zuccardi Valle de Uco taking the top spot for the second year running.

Bodega Garzón in Uruguay came in 2nd place for a consecutive year and Domäne Wachau in Austria jumped 16 places to take the 3rd spot. The 2020 Top 50 vineyards represented 18 countries and included first-time winners from India, Bulgaria and Japan.

In Australia, only three vineyards were named in the Top 50, with all three located in South Australia. Penfolds Magill Estate was the top Australian vineyard named, at number 24, closely followed by Henschke at 25, who were named in the awards for the first time. d’Arenberg made the list at a respectable 35.

Penfolds Magill Estate, South Australia

The World’s Best Vineyards list seeks 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. The announcement of the Top 50 hopes to encourage travel to these outstanding destinations as doors begin to open again to visitors. 

In an opening speech during the virtual ceremony, founder Andrew Reed praised 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!” Reed also highlighted how as the world comes out of lockdown, vineyards must be ready to re-engage with customers.

KRSMA came in at number 46 and marked a first-time win for India

The World’s Best Vineyards list also seeks to recognise the diversity across established and emerging wine tourism destinations. Overall there were 17 new destinations in this year’s Top 50. Château Mercian Mariko Winery marked a first-time entry for Japan coming in at number 30 and Best Vineyard in Asia. Other continent winners included Zuccardi Valle de Uco (1st and Best Vineyard in South America); Domäne Wachau in the Wachau region of Austria (3rd and Best Vineyard in Europe); Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa, California (5th and Best Vineyard in North America); Rippon in New Zealand (13th and Best Vineyard in Australasia); Delaire Graff Estate in South Africa (14th and Best Vineyard in Africa).

The d’Arenberg Cube, McLaren Vale

Karissa Kruse, President of Sonoma County Winegrowers shared: “We were looking forward to welcoming guests to Sonoma County, the most sustainable winemaking region in the world, but we were thrilled to be able to carry on with the unveiling of the Top 50. This year’s virtual announcement is a reflection of the ways in which wineries around the world, and not least our own here in Sonoma Country, have so skilfully adapted to the current situation. Many wineries in Sonoma County are once again opening their doors to visitors and we look forward to another great season.” Kruse also announced the highest ranking vineyard in Sonoma County, Francis Ford Coppola Winery. The winery is every bit as immersive as Coppola’s unforgettable films and features an extensive array of attractions from a landscaped park to restaurants, swimming pools with poolside cabanas, a cinema, a film gallery, bocce courts and a performing arts pavilion. Results:

PositionVineyard nameCountry2019 position
1 The World’s Best Vineyard & The Best Vineyard in South AmericaZuccardi Valle de UcoArgentina  1
2Bodega GarzónUruguay2
3 & The Best Vineyard in EuropeDomäne WachauAustria =19
5 & The Best Vineyard in North AmericaRobert Mondavi WineryUnited States 12
6Bodegas de los Herederos del Marqués de RiscalSpain 9
7Château Smith Haut LafitteFrance16
8Quinta do CrastoPortugal4
9Antinori nel Chianti ClassicoItaly18
10VIK Winery Chile14
11Catena ZapataArgentina5
12Fürst von Metternich-Winneburg’sche Domäne Schloss JohannisbergGermany  21
13 & The Best Vineyard in AustralasiaRipponNew Zealand 8
14 & The Best Vineyard in AfricaDelaire Graff EstateSouth Africa =39
15Weingut Dr. LoosenGermany10
16Ridge Vineyards Monte BelloUnited StatesNEW
17Craggy RangeNew Zealand11
18González Byass – Bodega Tio PepeSpainNEW
19Château Pichon BaronFranceNEW
20Opus One WineryUnited States=19
23Bodegas SalenteinArgentina=26
24Penfolds Magill EstateAustralia13
26Bodega BouzaUruguay44
27Clos ApaltaChile=6
28Champagne TaittingerFranceNEW
29Champagne Billecart-SalmonFranceNEW
30 & The Best Vineyard in AsiaChâteau Mercian Mariko WineryJapan NEW
31Château d’YquemFranceNEW
32Bodegas REChile32
33Château Mouton RothschildFrance=39
35Viña ErrázurizChile17
38Château OumsiyatLebanonNEW
39Wine Cellar Villa MelnikBulgariaNEW
40Viña Casas del BosqueChile=30
42Familia TorresSpain28
44Maison RuinartFrance46
45Domaine Marcel DeissFranceNEW
46KRSMA EstatesIndiaNEW
47Stag’s Leap Wine CellarsUnited StatesNEW
48Château HeritageLebanon49
49Quinta do NovalPortugalNEW
Zuccardi Valle de Uco has been voted the World’s Best Vineyard and Best Vineyard in South America for the second year running

More information, including details about the Academy Chairs can be found on and on social @worldsbestvineyards on Facebook and Instagram and @wbestvineyards on Twitter.

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