October 22, 2021

Creation Wines, Delaire Graff and Klein Constantia Amongst World’s Best Vineyards 2021

 South African wine vineyards are garnering worldwide acclaim among the World’s Best Vineyards. With Creation Wines in 10th place, Delaire Graff Estate in 30th place, and Klein Constantia Winery in 44th place

World’s Best Vineyards has unveiled the very best wine tourism destinations across the globe in a ceremony that took place on 20 September at Schloss Johannisberg, Rheingau, Germany. The countdown of the Top 50 vineyards was announced in a hybrid event combining a real-life ceremony and digital live film to showcase the world’s best and most unique vineyards.  

Argentina’s Zuccardi Valle de Uco topped the list, making it a hat trick of celebrations for the Andean winery. The stunning Bodegas de los Herederos del Marques de Riscal in Spain’s Rioja region took second place, and was closely followed by Chateau Margaux in Bordeaux, France.  The 2021 Top 50 vineyards represent 16 countries and includes first-time entrants onto the list from Lebanon and Russia.  

The World’s Best Vineyards list aims to highlight the sheer diversity across both established and emerging wine tourism destinations and the list is voted by the Academy of 600 global wine and travel experts. This year saw 10 new destinations in the Top 50 with Karam Wines in Lebanon becoming the highest new entry and reaching number 14 in the list. There are two new Russian entries from the Krasnodar region with Sikory Winery famous for its rocky clay soil entering the list for the first time at number 20 and the Lefkadia Valley hitting number 23.  

In the opening speech of the ceremony, Andrew Reed, Managing Director Wine and Exhibitions at William Reed, highlighted that, ‘Wine tourism is hugely important to the global economy and local economies, creating jobs directly at the wineries but also encouraging visitors to the area and the associated revenue which that generates. This is more important than ever with the recent global situation, and we know that by shining the light on wine tourism as we do with the World’s Best Vineyards the message gets out to more people to come and discover the uniqueness of wine and where it is made.’ 

Steffen Schindler, this year’s partner from Wines of Germany commented ‘We’d like to thank the organizers and the masterminds behind these awards for raising awareness of wine tourism worldwide and in Germany, of course.  Wine tourism has become a very important economic pillar for many of our wine estates, and we know that the most loyal customers are those that have come to our estates and our wine regions in person.’ 

2021 Top 50 results:  

Place   Vineyard  Country   Continent winner   Highest in country   Position in 2020  
1  Zuccardi Valle de Uco  Argentina   South America  Argentina 
2  Bodegas de los Herederos del Marqués de Riscal  Spain  Europe  Spain 
3  Château Margaux  France     France  22 
4  Bodega Garzón  Uruguay    Uruguay 
5  Montes  Chile     Chile 
6  Antinori nel Chianti Classico   Italy     Italy 
7  Catena Zapata  Argentina       11 
8  VIK Winery  Chile       10 
9  González Byass – Bodegas Tio Pepe  Spain      18 
10  Creation  South Africa   Africa  South Africa  n/a 
11  Craggy Range  New Zealand  Australasia  New Zealand  17 
12  Château Smith Haut Lafitte  France      
13  Champagne Taittinger  France       28 
14  Karam Wines  Lebanon  Asia  Lebanon  n/a 
15  Rippon  New Zealand       13 
16  Quinta do Crasto  Portugal     Portugal 
17  Clos Apalta  Chile       27 
18  Trapiche  Argentina       50 
19  Quinta da Aveleda  Portugal       n/a 
20  Sikory Winery  Russia     Russia  n/a 
21  Chateau Oumsiyat  Lebanon      38 
22  Domäne Wachau   Austria     Austria 
23  Lefkadia Valley  Russia       n/a 
24  El Enemigo Wines  Argentina       n/a 
25  Henschke  Australia     Australia  25 
26  Familia Torres – Pacs del Penedès  Spain       42 
27  Soalheiro  Portugal       n/a 
28  Viña Santa Rita  Chile       n/a 
29  Quinta do Noval  Portugal       49 
30  Delaire Graff Estate  South Africa       14 
31  d’Arenberg  Australia       34 
32  Abadía Retuerta  Spain       n/a 
33  Château Mercian Mariko Winery  Japan     Japan  30 
34  Schloss Johannisberg  Germany     Germany  12 
35  Bodega Colomé  Argentina       n/a 
36  Château Mouton Rothschild  France       33 
37  Penfolds Magill Estate   Australia       24 
38  Quinta do Bomfim  Portugal       n/a 
39  Château Héritage   Lebanon      48 
40  Robert Mondavi Winery  United States   North America  United States 
41  Viña Casas del Bosque  Chile       40 
42  SuperUco  Argentina       n/a 
43  Bodegas RE  Chile       32 
44  Klein Constantia Winery  South Africa       n/a 
45  Viu Manent  Chile       43 
46  Weingut Dr. Loosen  Germany       15 
47  Ridge Vineyards – Monte Bello  United States      16 
48  Château Cana  Lebanon      n/a 
49  Quinta do Vallado  Portugal       n/a 
50  Quinta do Infantado  Portugal       n/a 

The first-ever Top 51-100 vineyards list can also be found on www.worldsbestvineyards.com and on social @worldsbestvineyards on Facebook and Instagram and @wbestvineyards on Twitter.  

To enquire about sponsorship opportunities, and hosting the World’s Best Vineyards 2022 please email kate.labate@wrbm.com    

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