The World's Best Vineyards 2019
The results of The World’s Best Vineyards 2019, a new competition sponsored by the International Wine Challenge, were announced on 8th July at Banqueting House. The list was compiled by over 500 industry experts who were each asked to nominate seven wineries. We were delighted that the Top 50 included four of our producers, including Bodega Garzòn, who came second:
Bodega Garzón pioneered viticulture in the Maldonado region over 10 years ago and have since become the standard-bearer for premium wines from Uruguay.
Their spectacular winery was designed to operate as sustainably as possible and is the first winery outside North America to gain LEED* certification. It is no surprise Garzòn came in at number two on the list thanks to its rolling landscape, Francis Mallmann restaurant, and proximity to both the Atlantic Ocean and Uruguay’s most popular resort, Punta del Este.
*LEED certification - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
Number 6 - Montes, Chile
Montes was established in 1987 by Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray. Their aim was simple: to make Chilean wines of premium quality. Aurelio set out to identify the best sites, planting in the Leyda Valley, Marchigüe and Casablanca, as well as pioneering newer regions such as Apalta. Today visitors can explore their impressive winery in Apalta, built in 2004 according to Feng Shui principles, complete with gravity flow processes and a barrel room with Gregorian chant music playing 24/7. Visitors can also enjoy the delights of Francis Mallmann’s Fuego de Apalta restaurant and its stunning views of the surrounding hillside vineyards.
Number 25 - Bodega Colomé, Argentina
Established in 1831, Bodega Colomé is the oldest working winery in Argentina. The winery also owns one of the world’s highest vineyards, at a staggering 3,111 metres above sea level.
Wild, rugged and incredibly remote, the scenery is breath-taking. Every year many visitors make the long, winding and bumpy journey to Molinos, where the winery is based. There they find a cellar door, restaurant, and nine-room boutique hotel, as well as an impressive museum dedicated to the American artist James Turrell (designed by the artist himself).
Number 33 - Schloss Vollrads, Germany
Situated in the beautiful Rheingau, Schloss Vollrads is one of the oldest wine estates in the world: their first recorded sale was over 800 years ago in 1211. Today, Schloss Vollrads is a modern, outward-looking winery with a strong environmental focus. The estate uses clean energy from solar panels, substantially reducing their CO2 emissions. Visitors to the estate can taste their superb range of Rieslings, dine in their restaurants, take in live music in the castle grounds or hike the beautiful trails beyond the castle walls.