World’s best vineyards: Australia snubbed in top 20 vineyard list, but place in the top 50

We may have the Barossa, Margaret River and the wine trails that meander through the Hunter Valley region – but Australia’s top wineries haven’t quite broken into the world’s top 20.

The annual World’s Best Vineyards award, which is a global list ranking the top wine tourism destinations across the globe, named Argentina’s Zuccardi Valle de Uco in the top spot for the second year running.

Bodega Garzón in Uruguay was second for a consecutive year and Domäne Wachau in Austria jumped 16 places to claim third spot this year.

Australian wineries didn't quite crack the top 20, however, two vineyards across the ditch ranked 13th and 17th on the list.

Australia’s highest rating vineyards both came from South Australia, with Penfolds coming in at 24, and Henchke at 25 on the list.

McLaren Vale’s d’Arenberg, which received a special mention for their Verandah Restaurant, came in at 31.

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Rippon was called one of the most Instagrammable places in the world.Source:Instagram

The stunning outlook visitors experience at Rippon in New Zealand.Source:Supplied

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Central Otago’s Rippon, on the Wanaka-Mt Aspiring Rd, placed 13th and was also named the best vineyard in Australasia.

The Hawke’s Bay’s Craggy Range was 17th best on the list.

Last year, the biodynamic Rippon was in eighth place and Craggy Range was 11th.

According to the prestigious list, Rippon ranked so well because the vineyard has “jaw-droppingly beautiful views from the shore of Lake Wanaka” and “stunningly sleek biodynamic wines”.

The list said “the wines, the views and the people” are what make Rippon a standout in the Australasia region.

“Lake Wanaka, an ancient moraine lake, shimmering under the crystal light of a sunny Central Otago day must count as one of the most Instagrammable images on the planet,” the citation said.

“Rippon maintains 15ha of vines in this immaculate landscape is wonder enough, but the quality and sense of place of its wholly estate-grown wines gives this little corner of heaven an extra special appeal.”

The best winery in the world for the second year running has been named as Argentina’s Zuccardi Valle de Uco.Source:Instagram

On the 17th-ranked Craggy Range, the list said it was in a “stunning location in the shadow of Te Mata Peak, luxury boutique accommodation; award-winning restaurant”. It cited winemaker Julian Grounds and said wines were “everything from aromatic whites to Bordeaux blends, and terroir syrahs and chardonnays”.

“Over the past 20 years, Terry and Mary Peabody have expended every possible effort to make Craggy Range an exceptional visitor experience,” the list said of that operation established in 1998.

“Whether it’s the cellar door, inspired by some of the Napa Valley’s leading wineries, the award-winning restaurant with 360-degree views of the local landscape, or Craggy Range’s exceptional boutique accommodation, expect nothing but the best in this beautiful little corner of Hawke’s Bay.”

17th-ranked Craggy Range was commended for the boutique stays on site.Source:Instagram

Craggy Range in New Zealand was ranked 17th best winery in the world.Source:Supplied

The world’s best vineyards list is based on nominations from a voting academy made up of more than 500 wine experts, sommeliers and travel correspondents from around the world. It aims to raise the profile of wine tourism and encourage travellers to enjoy wine-related experiences globally.

With the New Zealand Herald

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