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World’s best vineyards for 2019 revealed

World’s best vineyards for 2019 revealed

The world’s best vineyards have been revealed, and two New Zealand wineries make the top 20 list.

In the inaugural World’s Best Vineyard Awards, nearly 500 sommeliers, wine experts and luxury travel correspondents cast their votes among 1,500 nominated wineries around the world.

“Wine is a reflection of its individual surroundings, its terroir,” said the awards founder Andrew Reed. “It’s not just about the wine; it’s a total package.”

Argentinian winery Zuccardi Valle de Uco was crowned as the 2019 winner in July. Located at the footsteps of the Andes Mountains, the World’s Best Vineyards Academy described the winery as “one of the most impressive on the planet”. The family-run business has been making wine since 1960s.

South America dominated the list, with eight Chilean vineyards placing in the top 50 list. Europe also featured prominently with appearances from France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Germany, Italy, England and Austria.

From the land of the long white cloud, Rippon Vineyard in Wanaka emerged as the best in Australasia at number eight. Following closely was Craggy Range at number 11.

Three South Australian wineries also made the cut. Adelaide Hills’ Penfold’s Magill Estate came in at number 13, while d’Arenberg in McLaren Vale and Seppeltsfield Barossa placed at number 29 and 47 respectively.

Find the full Top 50 list here.