Aussie wineries named in World’s Best Vineyards 2019

July 11, 2019
By Alana House

Three Australian wineries have been recognised in the Top 50 on The World’s Best Vineyards 2019.

Penfolds Magill Estate, d’Arenberg and Seppeltsfield Barossa all made the list, announced in London this week.

The World’s Best Vineyards Academy is the mechanism used to create The World’s Best Vineyards list.

The Academy comprises nearly 500 leading wine aficionados, sommeliers, and luxury travel correspondents from across the globe. Each has been selected for their expert opinion of the international wine and wine tourism scene.

There were no preset list of requirements, but the Academy went beyond the wines and looked at the whole experience. The restaurant, tour, ambiance, staff, the view, the price, reputation, accessibility, everything that makes a vineyard visit a valuable and rewarding experience for visitors.

Penfolds Magill Estate (pictured main) came in at No.13 on the list, with Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago telling The Adelaide Advertiser it was “terrific” to see three South Australian wineries recognised this year.

“What a great platform to further elevate the state’s wine and tourism offering to a global audience,” Gago said.

The judges noted: “If you are a Penfolds fan, it’s not even up for debate: you must visit the Magill Estate. Even if you don’t count yourself among the Grange-adoring aficionados, this is a place where you can be assured of the most rewarding and engaging wine visitor experience imaginable. The Magill Estate Cellar Door offers a selection of wine tastings and experiences every day of the week, while a wide range of experiences now feature the recently redeveloped ‘Drives’ (tunnels) that showcase the original resting spot of Max Schubert’s ‘hidden’ Grange.”

Seppeltsfield Barossa’s executive chairman, Warren Randall, said his company was also “thrilled” to be recognised at No.47 on the list.

“It’s a truly exciting time in the industry to now have wine tourism recognised alongside the renowned International Wine Challenge,” Randall said.

“We are certainly in very good international company with the likes of Opus One, Chateau Margaux and Veuve Clicquot.”

Coming in at No.1 was Zuccardi Valle de Uco in Argentina. The judges noted:
“Located at 1100m above sea level and set against the sublime backdrop of the vast Andes Mountains, the Zuccardi winery is one of the most impressive on the planet. It’s an architectural gem that’s integrated into its surroundings, offers amazing views of the Uco Valley, but is also very functional. It’s also home to terroir-driven wines that can be tasted in one of two tasting rooms – one below a steel dome that reflects the sun and the sky, and another next to the barrel room.”

World’s best vineyards 2019

Zuccardi Valle de Uco in Argentina wins World's Best Vineyard

1. Zuccardi Valle de Uco, Argentina (above)

2. Bodega Garzón, Uruguay

3. R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia, S.A., Spain

4. Quinta do Crasto, Portugal

5. Catena Zapata, Argentina

Equal 6. Montes, Chile

Equal 6. Clos Apalta Winery, Chile

8. Rippon, New Zealand

9. Marqués de Riscal, Spain

10. Weingut Dr. Loosen, Germany

11. Craggy Range, New Zealand

12. Robert Mondavi Winery, USA

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

Equal 19. Opus One Winery, USA

Equal 19. Domäne Wachau eGen, Austria

21. Schloss Johannisberg, Germany

22. Château Margaux, France

23. Viu Manent SA, Chile

24. Vivanco. Bodega, Fundación, Experiencias, Spain

25. Bodega Colomé, Argentina

Equal 26. Viña Santa Rita, Chile

Equal 26. Bodegas Salentein, Argentina

28. Familia Torres — Pacs del Penedès, Spain

29. d’Arenberg, Australia

Equal 30. Viña Casas del Bosque, Austria

Equal 30. Schloss Gobelsburg, Chile

32. Bodegas RE, Chile

33. Schloss Vollrads, Germany

34. Vergelegen Estate, South Africa

35. Domaine Sigalas, Greece

36. Ridgeview, UK

37. Quinta do Bomfim, Portugal

38. Veuve Clicquot, France

Equal 39. Delaire Graff Estate, South Africa

Equal 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

50. Mission Hill Family Estate, Canada

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