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Contents • Edito ..................................................................................................... 1 • Best Of Wine Tourism .......................................................................... 2 • Great Wine Capitals Global Network................................................... 3 • Bilbao-Rioja (Spain) ............................................................................. 4 • Bordeaux (France)................................................................................ 9 • Bordeaux Awards location .................................................................... 10 • Cape Town (South Africa)................................................................... 21 • Florence (Italy) ................................................................................... 25 • Mainz-Rheinhessen (Germany) ......................................................... 30 • Mendoza (Argentina) .......................................................................... 35 • Porto (Portugal) ................................................................................. 40 • San Francisco-Napa Valley (USA)...................................................... 43 • Wine tourism incoming travel agencies .............................................. 48

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International winner

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Best Of Gold

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The Great Wine Capitals Global Network is proud to present another edition of the best examples of wine tourism destinations in the world. “Best Of Wine Tourism 2009” is in its seventh year of existence, and building a reputation for collecting under its banner the most tourism efficient, dynamic, beautiful, environmentally and socially friendly wineries. One of the main objectives of the Network, from a tourism perspective, is to make wineries with public facilities more accessible, coupled with a professional, enjoyable experience. To this end, there is a strong emphasis on training and service excellence - “Best Of” winners are heavily scrutinised for this element during judging. It’s not sufficient to have the views, product or even reputation if you don’t have world-class service. And service starts before the guest arrives at the property. Technology has become increasingly vital in the marketing and communication strategy of competing wineries. The secret is to capture the potential visitor early in the decision process. E-mobility through hand-held technology supported by slick websites is the future of our day. Consumers have become the new commentators, with platforms to express opinions and relate experiences like blogs and social networking sites leading the way to a next generation of communication. We wish you numerous unforgettable experiences as you embark on your Global wine tour, whether it is Bilbao|Rioja, Bordeaux, Cape Town, Firenze, Mendoza, Porto, San Francisco|Napa Valley or latest member Mainz|Rheinhessen. Clarence JOHNSON, Executive Mayor (Cape Town-Cape Winelands) President of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network 2009

Find all the Best Of Wine Tourism winners since 2004 on our website www.greatwinecapitals.com and find out how to experience vibrant cities and world class wines through our GWC Travel Network (see p. 32).

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Best Of Wine Tourism The 8 member cities of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network (Bilbao-Rioja, Bordeaux, Cape Town, Firenze, Mainz-Rheinhessen, Mendoza, Porto, San Francisco-Napa Valley) are pleased to present the 2009 selection of the most original, innovative vine and wine sites for visitors. An international panel of experts examined applications from each of the wine regions in the Network, in seven categories covering the whole spectrum of wine tourism: • Architecture, parks and gardens, • Art and culture, • Innovative wine tourism experiences, • Accommodation, • Wine tourism services, • Sustainable wine tourism practices, • Wine tourism restaurants.

The winners of the competition are listed in this guide, and guarantee visitors: • a genuine, top-quality reception, • an original, innovative way of discovering the local heritage, • a range of services to meet the strictest requirements.

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Great Wine Capitals Global Network

The Great Wine Capitals is a Network of eight major global cities which share a key economic and cultural asset: their internationallyrenowned wine regions. The purpose of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network is to bring them together in order to forge special relationships, undertake exchanges, and develop co-operative programmes.

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Bilbao-Rioja

ilbao, the most important city in northern Spain, is located on the coast of the Bay of Biscay. It is today a rich and vibrant city, with important cultural spaces such as the Guggenheim Museum, and the gleaming, arched footbridge, the Pasarela de Uribitarte, designed by Spaniard Santiago Calatrava. It is also the gateway to the Rioja wine region, with its centuries old traditions and rich and varied regional cuisine. The architectural treasures of Bilbao – where even the metro system has been designed by Sir Norman Foster, winner of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize – has carried over into its neighbouring wine district, and the stunning scenery of Rioja is contrasted with an ever growing number of startling, excitingly designed wineries, cellars and welcome centres.

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Rioja

Fundación Dinastía Vivanco Ctra. Nacional 232 - Km. 442 - 26330 Briones Tel. +34 941 322 305 - biblioteca@dinastiavivanco.es www.dinastiavivanco.es

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ART AND CULTURE

The Dinastía Vivanco Wine Documentation Centre, located at the Dinastía Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture in Briones, La Rioja, has upheld its aim since 2004: to gather the largest documentary collection in the world - 8,000 monographs - on wine and wine culture, and make it available, free of charge, thanks to new technologies, to scholars, scientists and anyone curious about this millenarian drink and its unparalleled legacy.

Rioja

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Azurmendi Legina Auzoa - 48195 Larrabetzu Tel. +34 944 558 866 - info@azurmendi.biz www.azurmendi.biz

WINE TOURISM RESTAURANTS

Located in the village of Larrabetzu, Bizkaia, and under the direction of its innovative chef, this restaurant has been included in the international circle of the most prestigious restaurants. A pleasant environment in which wines are given the same meticulous care as food. Its select international wine list is guaranteed to satisfy even the most demanding connoisseurs.

Rioja

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Bodegas Alicia Rojas Virgen del Pilar, 1 - 26004 Ausejo Tel. +34 941 430 010 - info@bodegasaliciarojas.com www.bodegasaliciarojas.com

INNOVATIVE WINE TOURISM EXPERIENCES

Bodegas Alicia Rojas offers a unique “close to nature” experience. Visitors will discover the secrets of wine growing in the surrounding vineyards and explore the AtlanticMediterranean landscape, full of wild flowers, birds and wildlife, taking exciting and wondrous walks. A guided visit to the wine cellar and a tasting session of the wines and local regional specialties, farmed on the property itself, all come together for a relaxing and unforgettable stay.

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Rioja

Bodegas Darien Ctra. Nacional 232. Km. 7 - 26006 Logroño Tel. +34 941 258 130 - marketing@darien.es www.darien.es

ARCHITECTURE, PARKS AND GARDENS

Bodegas Darien is an inspiration among vineyards. Integration with the delicate landscape was a pre-condition; sustainability, a principle; order, practical functionality and the incorporation of the latest winemaking technology, an obligation. If the outside design of the winery has been conceived to blend into the landscape, its interior has been perfectly designed to house all the processes and technology needed to develop the best high quality wines.

Rioja

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Bodegas Viña Ijalba Ctra. Pamplona, Km. 1 - 26006 Logroño Tel. +34 941 261 100 - vinaijalba@ijalba.com www.ijalba.com

SUBTAINABLE WINE TOURISM PRACTISES

Wine lovers will be able to check Viña Ijalba´s commitment to the environment through the talk about how they recovered gravel extraction soils to plant the vineyards and the green filter they use to purify sewage waters to irrigate the vines and gardens later on. Visitors will also be provided with details about the alternative power sources for the energy used in the winery, and the recovery of all those native grape varieties that existed in the area some decades ago.

Rioja

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Catarsis - Fundación Logroño Turismo Portales, 50 - 26001 Logroño Tel. +34 941 243 320 - logronoturismo@logro-o.org www.logroturismo.org

WINE TOURISM SERVICES

Catarsis, from Greek Kaqaroiv: a deep purifying inner experience which will restore harmony, peace and joy in people’s minds, is a cycle of activities linking wine tourism, culture and gastronomy, comprising a visit to an emblematic winery located in Logroño, capital of La Rioja (Bodegas Darien, Franco Españolas, Juan Alcorta, Marqués de Murrieta, Marqués de Vargas, Olarra, Ontañón, Velez or Viña Ijalba), with a concert, a wine tasting and the finest quality regional gastronomy.

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Rioja

Marqués de Riscal, a Luxury Collection Hotel ACCOMMODATION C / Torre 1 - 01340 Elciego (Álava) Tel. +34 945 180 880 - marietherese.pachmann@luxurycollection.com www.luxurycollection.com/marquesderiscal

Marqués de Riscal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, represents the efforts of this old viticultural region in Elciego to promote modernity and innovation within the ‘City of Wine’ project. Designed by the prestigious architect Frank Gehry, the hotel is run by the Starwood Hotels & Resorts chain, under its prestigious trademark The Luxury Collection. The hotel offers tourists unique experiences in the world of wine.

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Bordeaux

deally located in southwest France, close to the chic resorts of the Cote d’Argent and just two hours from the Pyrénées mountains, the Unesco World Heritage city of Bordeaux is one of the most revered names in the world of wine, with over 2,000 years of wine making history and a wealth of technical expertise. The region is a fascinating mix of stately XVIII th châteaux in the Médoc, thousand-year old towns and villages in Saint-Emilion and the Libournais and the recently-renovated city centre, with its abundance of wine bars and gourmet restaurants. The different wine regions in Bordeaux are easy to explore, with more and more properties offering exciting experiences to the wine tourist, from hands-on workshops in crus classés châteaux to horse riding through the vines in the rolling hills of Entre-Deux-Mers.

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Bordeaux

Château Carbonneau Château Carbonneau - 33890 Pessac-sur-Dordogne Tel. +33 5 57 47 46 46 - carbonneau@orange.fr www.chateau-carbonneau.com

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ACCOMMODATION

Château Carbonneau is a family-owned property of 50 hectares located just 20 minutes from Saint-Emilion. Built in the XIX th century, the Château and its gorgeous Napoléon III glass roof are surrounded by 2 hectares of parks and gardens. Visitors are offered a guided tour through the wine cellars, followed by a wine tasting session and may choose to finish the day with a candlelit dinner on the large terrace. The French/New-Zealand owners’ personable approach means visitors are sure to have an unforgettable stay. 5

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Château Cablanc Cablanc - 33350 Saint-Pey-de-Castets Tel. +33 5 57 40 52 20 - cablanc@chateaucablanc.com www.chateaucablanc.com

SUSTAINABLE WINE TOURISM PRACTICES

Château Cablanc is located in a delightful, green valley. Close to the château, “Loustalet” is a rural lodging with recognized labels: “Gite de France”, “Gite Bacchus”, and “Charme et Caractère”. Visitors are welcomed to the “gîte”, in a quiet, comfortable and spacious environment. “The Secrets of the Valley”, an original, tailored-made visit for families, is an easy and fun way to discover and enjoy the vines and wines with illustrated boards, games and presents! 3

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Château d’Agassac 15, rue du Château d’Agassac - 33290 Ludon-Médoc Tel. +33 5 57 88 15 47 - contact@agassac.com www.agassac.com

INNOVATIVE WINE TOURISM EXPERIENCES

At only quarter of an hour away from Bordeaux, we find one of the oldest wineries of the Médoc region. A remarkable estate, a XIII th century château and renowned quality wines are the basis points for this property. Home to counts and fairytales, Agassac is the first French château to have introduced audio-visual visits on i-Pods (copyright). These wine-teractive visits satisfy both “young princesses” and “valiant knights” curiosity, while also those a little older; connoisseurs in high expression wine.

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Saint-Emilion

Château Franc Mayne 14, la Gomerie - 33330 Saint-Emilion Tel. +33 5 57 24 62 61 - welcome@relaisfrancmayne.com www.relaisfrancmayne.com

ARCHITECTURE, PARKS AND GARDENS

Château Franc Mayne, First Rank Growth of Saint-Emilion, is a 7 hectares winery offering year round wine tasting visits by appointment. Visitors will discover their modern technical equipment, magnificent quarry-like wine cellars and XVIII th century Post House. Nine different rooms are available in the main house, Le Relais de Franc Mayne, each one beautifully decorated. The contemporary garden and natural swimming pool guarantee a relaxing time and unparalleled views of the vineyards.

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Graves/Pessac Léognan

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Château Haut-Bailly 103, route de Cadaujac - 33850 Léognan Tel. +33 5 56 64 75 11 - mail@chateau-haut-bailly.com www.chateau-haut-bailly.com

WINE TOURISM

Located on the outskirts of the city of Bordeaux, Château Haut-Bailly, a Graves classified growth, is an outstandingly beautiful estate well worth discovering. A variety of refined rooms is on offer, from small seminars to large business meetings, catering to every visitor’s needs. Tours by appointment in French, English and German. Lunch or dinner possible for 6 to 150 people.

Blayais

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Château La Rose Bellevue 5, les Mourriers - 33820 Saint-Palais - Tel. +33 5 57 32 66 54 service.commercial@chateau-larosebellevue.com INNOVATIVE WINE TOURISM EXPERIENCES www.chateau-larosebellevue.com

Château La Rose Bellevue is located in Blaye (Côtes de Bordeaux). The owners receive visitors with genuine warmth and charm, offering wine tastings and cellar visits. The Secret Garden, an intimate and peaceful little picnic garden, with a BBQ available, overlooks pleasant views of the vineyard and the Gironde River. Innovative seafood and wine tasting cruises on the estuary of the Gironde are also offered, departing from the Citadel of Blaye, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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Cape Town

ape Town is the southernmost metropolis in South Africa, placed at the confluence of the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans, with a history of winemaking that stretches back over three centuries. Its pleasant Mediterranean climate makes it a perfect destination for year-round breaks, and the international attractions of Cape Town are complemented by 13 winegrowing regions within easy reach of its beaches, restaurants, and iconic Table Mountain. Wine tourists can explore the stunning scenery of Stellenbosch and Paarl, the gourmet secrets of Franschhoek, or the wild outdoors of the Klein Karoo and the majestic Cederberg Mountains. Most wineries - from traditional Cape Dutch stately buildings, to architecturallydesigned contemporary spaces - offer cellar door experiences, gourmet restaurants, well stocked boutiques and tailored wine tasting experiences.

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The properties presented for Cape Town are the 2008 winners.

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Stellenbosch

Vergelegen Lourensford Road - 7130 Somerset West Tel. +27 218 471 334 - hoskins@vergelegen.co.za www.vergelegen.co.za

ART AND CULTURE

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The most prestigious and awarded wine estate offering its 100 000 annual visitors a unique world class combination of heritage, environment and hospitality against the backdrop of a 300 year tradition. The estate has hosted high level dignitaries which include Nelson Mandela, Queen Elisabeth II and ex-President Bill Clinton.

Afrikaans

Stellenbosch

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Delheim Knorhoek Road - 7600 Stellenbosch Tel. +27 218 884 600 - delheim@delheim.com www.delheim.com

SUSTAINABLE WINE TOURISM PRACTICES

Visitors are welcomed seven days a week all year round to enjoy cellar tours, tastings, the restaurant, beautiful gardens and scenery. Delheim has a rigorous conservation management plan and also founded the Klapmutskop Conservancy where several ecotourism initiatives have been established. The Delheim community is supported by BEE, training, financial assistance, a vegetable garden and a crèche.

Paarl

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Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyards Dassenberg Road - 7690 Franschhoek Tel. +27 218 762 770 - res@montrochelle.co.za www.montrochelle.co.za

ACCOMMODATION

Five star boutique hotel situated on a working wine farm. All 16 bedrooms and 6 suites are individually decorated. The focus is on an ultimate gourmet winelands experience, with 2 restaurants to choose from, as well as picnics in the vineyards, wine tasting, cellar tours, and wine paired dinners. Activities include: a gymnasium, swimming pool, wellness area, bicycles, walking trails & horse riding. 22

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Stellenbosch

Rustenberg Wines PO Box 33 - 7599 Stellenbosch Tel. +27 218 091 200 - wine@rustenberg.co.za www.rustenberg.co.za

ARCHITECTURE, PARKS AND GARDENS

Rustenberg, a historic wine farm cradled by the Simonsberg, upholds traditional values as a modern player in the global wine market. Founded in 1682, the family-owned farm builds on centuries of quality production in elegant, complex Rustenberg wines, expressing a unique terroir, and a lively Brampton range, epitomising New World exuberance.

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Paarl

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Wellington Wine Walk (Obiqualand Tours) 94 Blouvlei Road - 7665 Wellington Tel. +27 823 358 132 steytlers@mweb.co.za / judy@winescapetours.co.za www.fynbostrails.com

WINE TOURISM SERVICES

This leisurely paced 3 days and 3 nights 45 km wine walk encompasses the best that Wellington wine tourism has to offer. Guests stay at upmarket guest houses, on historic Huguenot farms whilst luggage is safely transported. They are accompanied by accredited tour guides on trails with spectacular views. They sample locally produced wine andolive products and meet the best wine makers - a double gold wine experience!

Paarl

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Country Kitchen Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyards Dassenberg Road - 7690 Franschhoek Tel. +27 218 762 770 - res@montrochelle.co.za www.montrochelle.co.za/eat-country-kitchen.asp

RESTAURANTS

Just outside Franschhoek, at Mont Rochelle hotel and Vineyards, lies the Country Kitchen. A small menu belies the most fabulous selection of ingredients, from delicious salads to a variety of pasta's and wonderful desserts. Enjoy Mont Rochelle wines by the glass, or opt for a wine tasting with your meal. The rustic decor, complete wiht fresh potted herbs and authentic wooden tables, huge candelabra and friendly staff make for a gastronomic experience. Picnic baskets are made to order, to enjoy under big trees in the garden or at the dam nearby. 22

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Firenze

ne of the most evocative names in the world, Florence is located in the heart of Tuscany, a region of rolling hills, stately cypress trees, ancient olive groves and endless vistas of vineyards reaching down to the Mediterranean sea. The Medieval city of Firenze, with its iconic art galleries and museums, is protected by UNESCO, and is also the perfect base for exploring the wine-regions of Tuscany. The heart of Tuscany is found among the central hills of Chianti, and its soul in the Sangiovese grape, making rich and gentle Chianti Classicos. Wine tourism here unrolls at the same leisurely pace as the rest of life - art courses among the vines, walking or horse riding through vineyards, food and wine match making the most of the luscious Italian foodstuffs, from sun-drenched tomatoes to rich wild boar pastas.

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Chianti

Villa Petriolo Via di Petriolo, 7 - 50050 Cerreto Guidi (FI) Tel. +39 057 155 284 - info@villapetriolo.com www.villapetriolo.com

ART AND CULTURE

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The owner of Villa Petriolo, Silvia Maestrelli has a belief that creativity isn’t confined to the ancient art of making quality wine; in 2008 the property announced the second edition of the “The Days of Wine and Roses” literary award. The competition was created to promote unpublished works by Italian and foreign authors, based on wine, and creatively explore the relationship between wine, economy, landscape, marketing and history.

Chianti Classico

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Barone Ricasoli - Castello di Brolio Cantine del Castello di Brolio - 53013 Gaiole in Chianti Tel. +39 057 777 301 - barone@ricasoli.it www.ricasoli.it

WINE TOURISM RESTAURANTS

The Osteria del Castello is located at the foot of a cypress-lined lane leading up to the splendid Brolio mansion, surrounded by the incredible scenery of the estate park and vineyard-covered hills. The restaurant is run by Chef Franco Sangiacomo, with experience in up-market restaurants in Italy and abroad. Fresh, seasonal ingredients and Tuscan traditions are the distinctive elements Sangiacomo employs to prepare regional dishes with his personal touch. The menu is served along with the Barone Ricasoli wines, exalting their aromas.

Chianti Classico

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Castello di Fonterutoli - Tenute Mazzei Via Ottone III di Sassonia, 5 - Fonterutoli - 53011 Castellina in Chianti (SI) Tel. +39 057 774 138 5 - enoteca@fonterutoli.it ARCHITECTURE, PARKS AND GARDENS www.mazzei.it

The winery’s aim is to offer wine lovers one of the best examples of Chianti Classico and of Italian wine-making in general. The new cellar in Fonterutoli has already been defined as “the most impressive in the entire Chianti region” (Decanter). The building has a very low environmental impact, and includes three underground levels. It was designed by the family architect, Agnese Mazzei. The wine cellar is particularly striking, with exposed bare rock walls, and holds up to 3,500 barrels, in addition to those contained in the ancient cellars. 15

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Chianti

Due&Venti Travel via Cassia 6 - 50144 Firenze Tel. +39 349 854 652 4 - info@2e20.com www.2e20.com

WINE TOURISM SERVICES

Due&Venti is a creative Florentine company specialized in events, tourism, and wedding creations. Their experience in managing events, business and leisure leads them to build a unique and dedicated niche. The company offers a variety of accommodation in Florence, located in prime downtown areas or in the countryside. Conventional and customized tours in the Tuscan countryside can be arranged to taste dairy products or to learn the processing techniques of products in farms or wineries. No sights will have gone unseen in the local historical cities after a tour with Due&venti!

Chianti Classico

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Podere Poggio a Campoli Via Fornace Casavecchia, 7 - Campoli - 50024 San Casciano Val di Pesa Tel. +39 055 821 839 4 - poderepoggioacampoli@libero.it SUSTAINABLE WINE TOURISM PRACTICES www.mastrocecco.com

The estate is situated on the Southwest side of the Chianti hills where the calcareous land, the mildness of the climate and the laboriousness of men enhance the production of quality wines. The owners have long researched to rescue the almost extinct grapes and applying the organic farming techniques since 1998. They now obtain wines rich in savours and personality, which recall ancient country memories. The farm includes an ancient cellar and a main building, dating back to the XII century, where the guest house for tourists is situated. 2

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Relais Vignale Via Pianigiani, 9 - 53017 Radda in Chianti (SI) Tel. +39 057 773 830 0 - vignale@vignale.it www.vignale.it

ACCOMMODATION

Relais Vignale is situated in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, halfway between Florence and Siena. The estate dates back to the XII century and has been tastefully restored, maintaining the charm of an elegant country manor house, whilst incorporating all the facilities one would expect to find in a four-star hotel. It offers a variety of rooms and suites each with their own individual character. Other facilities include a heated outdoor swimming pool, and a wine shop where guests may enjoy a free tasting. 47

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Montalcino

Treno del Vino e Stazione del Vino - Wine Station Stazione di Torrenieri - 53024 Torrenieri (SI) Tel. +39 800 650 177 - info@winestation.it www.winestation.it

INNOVATIVE WINE TOURISM EXPERIENCES

The presence of the ancient Montalcino railway station, disused for 20 years, and its strategic position, make Torrenieri the ideal location to host a “Disneyland” of wine. Amongst the railway scenery, there is a welcome and knowledge centre about the wine culture which leads the keen on wine or just curious tourists through the world of wine in a professional but amusing way. Everything is based around the personality of Roberto Cipresso defined as “Poet of the Terroir” by Robert Parker, a guru in the wine field.

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Mainz-Rheinhessen

he city of Mainz is a vibrant German wine centre that

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in the state of Rheinland-Pfalz. It is home to the German Wine Institute, the German Wine Fund, and the Association of German Prädikat Wine Estates (VDP. Die Prädikatsweingüter), which brings together the top winemakers of Germany with the wine merchants of the world. No less than six wine regions surround the cathedral city including Rheinhessen, Germany’s largest wine-growing area. Today a young generation of winegrowers has reinvigorated the region with their creativity, passion and know-how, getting the fullest expression out of local grape varieties Riesling, Müller Thurgau and Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir). The city of Mainz is known for its university, its great food and drink scene, and the excellence of its cultural centres such as the Gutenberg Museum.

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Rheinhessen

Interessengemeinschaft Urlaub beim Rheinhessenwinzer Hauptstraße 79 - 81 - 55237 Flonheim Tel. +49 673 494 040 - heike@espenhof.de www.rheinhessen.de

INNOVATIVE WINE TOURISM EXPERIENCES

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The Association comprises 50 wine estates with guesthouses, hotels and holiday apartments, ranging from 2 to 5-star facilities. Along with agreed market presence, there are also joint programs and tours. Members welcome their guests, including those who choose to discover Rheinhessen by bicycle, from vineyard to vineyard, ensuring that tourists enjoy their holidays.

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Rheinhessen

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Bioweingut Lorenz Gaustraße 28 - 55278 Friesenheim Tel. +49 673 797 03 - info@bioweingut-lorenz.de www.bioweingut-lorenz.de

SUSTAINABLE WINE TOURISM PRACTICES

The Lorenz organic winery stands for ecological wine culture, top quality, open hospitality and a real zest for life. To enable future generations to enjoy a viable environment, Lorenz supports an intact ecosystem by handling natural resources responsibly and working in the vineyard and cellars following EU ecological rules, using renewable energies. The winery seeks to pass on this awareness to guests at numerous events. 7

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Gästehaus Ressler Obergasse 21 - 55296 Harxheim Tel. +49 613 871 55 - weingut.ressler@harxheim.de www.weingut-ressler.de

ACCOMMODATION

Located at the centre of the beautiful vintage heart of Harxheim, Guesthouse Ressler offers eleven rooms, each with its own distinctive flair, one specially designed for disabled people. Opened in 2007, it has been classified as a 5-Star Guesthouse by the German Tourism Association in 2008, the highest rank available in this category. 11

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Rheinhessen

Gebert´s Weinstuben Frauenlobstraße 94 - 55118 Mainz Tel. +49 613 161 161 9 - info@geberts-weinstuben.de www.geberts-weinstuben.de

WINE TOURISM RESTAURANTS

The restaurant, now in its fifth generation, can seat 48 guests in friendly, modern surroundings, uniting elegance with over a hundred years of wine tradition. The combination of historic charm and informality has gained its nickname “Mainz Living Room”. The food backs continuity and regionalism and the wine list includes over 150 great wines from the region.

Rheinhessen

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Kultur und Weinbotschafter Rheinhessen e.V. Ernst-Ludwig-Straße 2 - 55283 Nierstein Tel. +49 613 392 766 7 - kultur-und-weinbotschafter@gmx.de www.kultur-und-weinbotschafter.de

WINE TOURISM SERVICES

More than 80 trained tour guides offer a great variety of visits, sightseeing tours and trips all over Mainz and Rheinhessen in over ten different languages (including Norwegian, Finnish, Arabic and Turkish). The “wine-ambassador” will guide you to the best sights and winemakers, the most exquisite restaurants or one of the numerous historical and cultural sites all over the region.

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Racke - Besucherzentrum Haus Kupferberg Kupferbergterrasse 17-19 - 55116 Mainz Tel. +49 613 192 30 - info@kupferbergterrasse.de www.kupferbergterrasse.de

ART AND CULTURE

Kupferberg Visitors’ Centre offers an attractive range of art artifacts, cultural history, pleasure and live events. The Museum displays a large collection of historic sparkling wine glasses, early poster art and the original art nouveau pavilion from the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris. The finely carved historic wine casks and medieval and Roman cellars extending deep below ground are fascinating.

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Rheinhessen

Restaurant im Weingut der Stadt Mainz Obergasse 3 - 55296 Harxheim Tel. +49 613 898 066 0 - info@weingut-mainz.de www.weingut-mainz.de

ARCHITECTURE, PARKS AND GARDENS

Just a stone’s throw away from the best Harxheim southern slope sites, refined regional cuisine and first-class wines from the restaurants’ own vineyards come together in an absolutely inspired, culinary symbiosis. Located in an old manor house dating from 1725, the owners attach great importance in adapting the restaurant concept to existing conditions.

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Mendoza

endoza, located in mid-west Argentina, at the feet of the Andes Mountains, is the country’s 4th largest city, and is the vibrant heart of its wine making, accounting for almost 70% of the output of an increasingly sophisticated and dynamic industry. Its exceptional climate allows the best grapes to ripen, among them the signature grape of Argentinean wine Malbec. Wine tourism is as dynamic as the rest of the wine sector, with high-altitude wineries within easy reach of the city that offer spectacular views of the snow-capped Andes, and gleaming new installations opening up with a variety of high-end eateries, sleek tasting rooms and sumptuous accommodation. One of the world’s most exciting emerging wine tourism destinations.

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Valle de Uco

Bodegas Salentein - Museum Killka Ruta 89 s - Los Árboles - 5561 Tunuyán Tel. +54 262 242 650 0 - info@killkasalentein.com www.killkasalentein.com

ART AND CULTURE

2009

Bodegas Salentein created Killka Museum as its’ cultural complement to encourage tourists to visit the growing and production areas of the winery as well as its related world. Killka offers activities which contribute to the cultural development of a vast country. A modern idea of culture, economy and tourism gathers the product with its surroundings: terroir, history, customs and art. 8

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Bodega Familia Zuccardi Ruta Provincial nº 33 - km 7.5 - 5531 Fray Luis Beltrán - Maipú Tel. +54 261 441 000 0 - info@familiazuccardi.com SUSTAINABLE WINE TOURISM PRACTICES www.familiazuccardi.com

The Zuccardi family has a “Cava de Turismo”, where visitors can experience the complete elaboration process of Varietal, Reserva, Premium, Innovation and sparkling wines. The wine cellar has always shown to be clearly commited with tourists, offering a wide range of activities. Visitors can participate in the main activities of the region, accompanied by tastings of wines, sparkling wines and olive oils.

Valle de Uco

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Bodegas y Viñedos O.Fournier - Urban Los Indios s/n - 5567 San Carlos - Mendoza Tel. +54 262 245 157 9 / +54 261 154 671 021 info@ofournier.com www.ofournier.com

WINE TOURISM RESTAURANTS

The Urban restaurant at O. Fournier is located within the Visitors’ Center of O. Fournier winery. The restaurant’s glass cubicle structure floating over a reflective mirror of water, together with its clean and minimalist decoration, enable up to 80 guests to admire the Andes mountain range with a panoramic view. On warm days the restaurant is moved to the terrace where visitors can have lunch on the edge of the lake. 9

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Center

Finca Decero Bajo las Cumbres 9003 - 5519 Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo Tel. +54 261 524 474 7 - decero@decero.com www.decero.com

ARCHITECTURE, PARKS AND GARDENS

With regards to the architecture, Finca Decero was designed valuing the practices and ways of making wine in the times of colonial Mendoza. A unique style was created adapting the building to the topography of the land with the local materials from Mendoza on walls and floors. It also has an artificial lake to use as the water reservoir. Visitors can also admire the majestic view of the Andes.

Mendoza

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Park Hyatt Mendoza Hotel, Casino & Spa Chile 1124 - Ciudad - 5500 Mendoza Tel. +54 261 441 123 4 - info.phmendoza@hyattintl.com www.mendoza.park.hyatt.com

ACCOMMODATION

Park Hyatt Mendoza has 186 rooms, all of them with exclusive wine-based bathroom amenities. The restaurant Bistro M has a wine gallery, exhibited on two floors, with more than 4 500 bottles of the best local wines. Kaua Club & Spa incorporates wine and grapes to its treatments. From the local vineyards, a complete line of products for skin care from selected grapes and grape seeds has been developed. 186

Maipú

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Tempus Alba Perito Moreno 572 - Coquimbito - Maipú - 5513 Mendoza Tel. +54 261 524 388 5 - bodega@tempusalba.com INNOVATIVE WINE TOURISM EXPERIENCES www.tempusalba.com

Tempus Alba is a professional, medium-sized family-run winery, with a high degree of technical sophistication. It offers two types of tours, both of which begin on the terrace overlooking the vineyards. The initial processes of their unique “Malbec Clones Selection” and “Identification Program” an be studied, and are of great interest to visitors.

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Mendoza

Winemap - Josefina Rosner Wine, Web and Communication Aristides Villanueva 221 - Capital - 5500 Mendoza Tel. +54 261 420 307 6 - info@josefinarosner.com.ar www.josefinarosner.com.ar

WINE TOURISM SERVICES

Winemap TurĂ­stico is a guide with folding maps that allows users to design their own itineraries according to their free time. Presented in two different formats, Winemap fosters the global development of viticulture and tourism. Winemap Premium facilitates integral and unified communication among wineries in Mendoza and helps visualize different regional options in an orderly manner.

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Porto

estling in the northwest corner of Portugal, the dusky pinks, yellows and blues of the UNESCO-historic centre of Porto glow in the evening sunshine, as the buildings look over to the historic Porto wine cellars on the bank of the Douro river, where the major port houses have their warehouses, many offering fascinating visitor centres for the wine tourist. This is a romantic and beautiful city to explore, and just an hour from the stunning Douro Valley, where steep terraces of vines form some of the most spectacular landscape in the world. These vines make the Touriga grapes to be transformed into port and increasingly into a rich still red wine. It is also a short drive from Vinho Verde, home to the light, fresh white wine that has made such a renaissance in recent years.

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Douro

Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo - Wine House Estação de Caminho de Ferro do Pinhão - Largo da Estação 14 - 5085 - 034 Pinhão Tel. +351 254 730 030 - winehouse.qn@amorim.com ART AND CULTURE www.quintanova.com

2009

The estate in Pinhão, next to the River Douro, enjoys a fabulous view of the most beautiful railway station in Portugal. After a 128-year old history, this building, its surrounding area and the houses of the former station employees have been subject to a renovation project, arousing a new interest in tourism and culture. The Wine House comprises a terrace, a private room and a museum centre with a permanent exhibition of about 500 items, giving a broad perspective on the history of wine since the XIXth century. 11

Douro

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Casa das Pipas - Quinta do Portal Quinta do Portal - Casa das Pipas - 5060-909 Celeirós do Douro - Sabrosa Tel. +351 259 937 000 - reservas@quintadoportal.pt SUSTAINABLE WINE TOURISM PRACTICES www.quintadoportal.com

Casa das Pipas is a guest house located at Quinta do Portal, on the Pinhão River Valley, surrounded by a fabulous landscape of vineyards. 2008 was declared International Year of Planet Earth by the United Nations and in this context and believing in a more sustainable and healthy development of the planet, a range of ecological measures has been implemented at Casa das Pipas. This package has already been internationally recognized by the European Blue Flag Association that attributed Casa das Pipas, the Green Key 2008, an international eco-label for tourism products. 14

Douro

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ecoTours Portugal Rua do Passeio Alegre nº 20 - 4150 - 570 Porto Tel. +351 220 108 096 - info@ecotours.com.pt www.ecoTours.com.pt

WINE TOURISM SERVICES

EcoTours is an innovating concept of cultural and ecological tours in Northern Portugal. The team living in Porto have researched, visited and spent time in each of their recommended locations and their strength comes from their considerable experience in creating the most didactic and fun tours. Smaller groups are guaranteed more interaction with the guides and the opportunity to stop at interesting sites that buses can’t access. Sharing experiences in harmony with the local people allows it to be totally committed with regards to responsible tourism and sustainable development. Minimizing the impact of the visits to the regions helps to contribute to better living conditions for the locals.

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San Francisco-Napa Valley

he Californian city of San Francisco sits on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, on North America’s stunning west coast. From the Golden Gate bridge to Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco is one of the world’s most loved cities, and provides the perfect stepping stone to one of its most loved wine regions - the Napa Valley. The backbone of the Napa Valley is Highway 29, but the area encompasses eight main regions, including St-Helena, Calistoga, Yountville and Napa, all with a myriad of wineries to explore - and with a history of welcoming visitors that stretches back to the late 1800s, making it the world’s first wine region to really embrace wine tourism. Today, the Napa Valley welcomes over 4.5 million visitors per year, drawn by the climate, the quality of the wines and the breadth of activities offered, from art galleries, to fine dining or to its many tasting room experiences.

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Napa Valley

Domaine Chandon One California Drive - 94599 Yountville Tel. +1 707 944 884 4 - lara_abbott@chandon.com www.chandon.com

WINE TOURISM RESTAURANTS

2009

Domaine Chandon offers visitors to its park-like grounds myriad experiences: guided tours of the winemaking facilities, wine tasting in the salon or on the terrace, local art exhibits, or the ultimate food and wine experience at Etoile, the only fine-dining restaurant located within a Napa Valley winery. Etoile offers inventive cuisine paired with award winning wines in sophisticated surroundings.

Napa Valley

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Long Meadow Ranch 1775 Whitehall Lane - 94574 St. Helena Tel. +1 707 963 455 5 - info@longmeadowranch.com www.longmeadowranch.com

SUSTAINABLE WINE TOURISM PRACTICES

The 650 acre property is devoted to organic and sustainable farming. This modern, commercially and successful family farm is widely acknowledged as a purveyor of fine food. Their philosophy is “Eat Fresh & Eat Local”. The winery atop the Mayacamas Mountains is one of N. America’s largest rammed-earth constructed wineries and features a vineyard, orchard, garden, and grass-fed cattle ranch.

Napa Valley

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Robert Mondavi Winery 7801 St. Helena Highway - 94562 Oakville Tel. +1 707 968 201 9 - tracy.drash@robertmondaviwinery.com www.robertmondaviwinery.com

ART AND CULTURE

The Robert Mondavi visitors’ center was built in 1966 when tourism to the Napa Valley was nearly non-existent. Today, the winery features permanent and rotating art exhibits, including works by Beniamino Bufano. The winery just celebrated the 40th anniversary of its outdoor summer concert series, which benefit the Napa Symphony and have featured some of the world’s most talented performers.

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Napa Valley

Rubicon Estate 1991 St. Helena Highway - 94573 Rutherford Tel. +1 707 968 110 0 - catherine.durand@rubiconestate.com www.rubiconestate.com

ARCHITECTURE, PARKS AND GARDENS

Situated in Rutherford, one of the premier Cabernet Sauvignon regions in California, Rubicon Estate (the original Inglenook Winery) strives to preserve tradition as it crafts world-class wines. The original vineyards of the estate, founded in 1870, have been reunited and the historic château restored for winemaking. The beautiful, historic property is owned by renowned filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola.

Napa Valley

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The Hess Collection Winery 4411 Redwood Road - 94558 Napa Tel. +1 707 255 1144 - djohnson@hesscollection.com www.hesscollection.com

INNOVATIVE WINE TOURISM EXPERIENCES

The Hess Collection Winery on Mt. Veeder produces distinctive estate-grown Napa Valley wines. The winery is also a showcase for Donald Hess’ extensive private collection of international modern and contemporary paintings and sculpture. The gallery is in the winery visitor center and is open daily to the public without charge. By appointment, guests may also taste the wines with food pairings.

Napa Valley

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The Meritage Resort & Spa 875 Bordeaux Way - 94558 Napa Tel. +1 707 251 1900 - sthomas@themeritageresort.com www.themeritageresort.com

ACCOMMODATION

Located at the southern tip of Napa Valley, the Meritage Resort and Spa offers an experience like no other for wine enthusiasts, business travelers, and special events. With the world’s only spa in a wine cave, the region’s only private wedding chapel, and the most expansive meeting space, the Meritage provides an unforgettable stay. The hotel owner is also the proprietor of Trinitas Cellars. 158

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Napa Valley

Vivani Destination California Style 2500 Jefferson Street - 94558 Napa Tel. +1 707 265 119 40 - linda@viviani.com www.viviani.com

WINE TOURISM SERVICES

Viviani, Inc., established in 1980, promotes goodwill throughout the world by sharing Napa Valley and California wine country with international clientele. Exclusive, eco-friendly wine events are created to maximize the clients’ personal experience in the region. Private groups of 2-2,000 can be hosted. The 5 executives and 22 support staff can create any wine experience customers desire.

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Wine tourism incoming travel agencies Compose your tour from among the estates and vineyards in the Great Wine Capitals Global Network and be certain it will be a great success by contacting our professional experts.

BILBAO-RIOJA ROMOTUR David ELEXGARAY Euskalduna 11, Ppal Izq. Dpt. 6 48008 Bilbao (Vizcaya) - Spain Tel. + 34 94 443 34 63 david@romotur.com www.romotur.com

BORDEAUX SAINT-EMILION EXCELLENCE Madeleine MARCHAND 39, rue de Tivoli 33000 Bordeaux - France Tel. + 33 5 56 44 27 68 mmarchand@see-travel.com www.see-travel.com

CAPE TOWN SPECIALIZED TOURS & EVENTS Marggi BIGGS P.O. Box 49 - Green Point, 8051 South Africa Tel. + 27 21 4341144 specialt@iafrica.com www.specialtours.co.za

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FIRENZE MACHIAVELLI VIAGGI Silvana DI BARI BOLDRINI Via Machiavelli 49 50026 San Casciano Val di Pesa - Italia Tel. + 39 055 8228073 chianti@machiavelliviaggi.it www.machiavelliviaggi.it

MENDOZA GMD VIAJES Y CONGRESOS Maria Alicia DOMINGUEZ 9 de Julio 1126 Mendoza - Argentina Tel. + 54 261 434-0114 gmdviajes@ciudad.com.ar www.gmdviajesycongresos.com

PORTO VINITUR Joรฃo MARINHO FALCAO Rua Dr. Afonso Cordeiro, 679, 1ยบE 4450-007 Matosinhos - Portugal Tel. +351 229 399 410 info@vinitur.com www.vinitur.com


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