Which Vineyards Have Been Crowned Best In The World?
  • HOME

Which Vineyards Have Been Crowned Best In The World?

The World's Best Vineyards awards celebrate impressive wineries across the globe

Whether you’re an oenophile or simply enjoy a glass of Pinot, a trip to a vineyard is always a treat. But where will you find the world’s finest? The results are in from this year’s World’s Best Vineyards awards, highlighting the top wine destinations for 2023. 

The World’s 50 Best Vineyards Have Been Revealed

Argentina did well in this year’s list, with the family-run Catena Zapata in Mendoza winning first place – started in 1902 to create Malbec wine. Two other Argentinian wineries also featured in the top ten. In second place was Rioja’s Bodegas de los Herederos del Marqués de Riscal, which is renowned for its futuristic architecture and unique setting, followed by a Chilean vineyard called VIK.

Exterior of Catena Zapata, a vineyard in Argentina

Europe put on a strong showing too, with 23 vineyards named in the list. France had nine vineyards in the top 50, including world-famous Champagne houses such as Maison Ruinart, Bollinger, Billecart-Salmon and Veuve Clicquot. Newbies from Hungary, Georgia and Lebanon also made it onto the list – but sadly no English vineyards won awards (there’s always next year).

The awards ceremony took place on 12 July in Rioja, Spain. Organised by UK-based media group William Reed, the list is compiled using all the nominations by the global academy of voters – a mix of wine lovers, sommeliers and tourism experts. Judging factors include the quality of the wine, of course, but also the estate experience – how tours and tastings are done, for example, and the general aesthetic and ambience for visitors.

Hotel Marques de Riscal

Hotel Marques de Riscal

Andrew Reed, Managing Director of Wine and Exhibitions at William Reed, said: ‘The World’s Best Vineyards continues to highlight wine tourism destinations around the globe and with an impressive list of new entries this year, it’s more important than ever. We’ve found that local and international tourists are looking for experiences that offer a whole host of activities and our host Rioja truly fits the bill with stunning scenery, delicious food and of course, amazing wines.’

You can find the full list at worldsbestvineyards.com

Featured image: VIK