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What’s the no1 in Europe, Africa or Australasia?

Here are the top vineyard destinations on each continent:

South America – Zuccardi Valle de Uco

2020 Position: 1
Name of wine estate: Zuccardi Valle de Uco
Country: Argentina
Wine region: Uco Valley
Standout points: Stunning high-altitude wines; the brooding behemoth of the Zuccardi winery; the Piedra Infinita Cocina restaurant
Winemaker: Sebastián Zuccardi
Wine style: Terroir-driven Malbec expressing the high-altitude limestone terroir of the Uco Valley
Website: http://www.zuccardiwines.com

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Europe – Domäne Wachau

2020 Position: 3
Name of wine estate: Domäne Wachau
Country: Austria
Wine region: Wachau
Standout points: UNESCO-recognised cliffside vineyards; a Baroque pleasure palace
Winemakers: Heinz Frischengruber
Wine style: Site-specific Riesling and Grüner Veltliner
Website: https://www.domaene-wachau.at/weine-mit-charakter/

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North America – Robert Mondavi Winery

2020 Position: 5
Name of wine estate: Robert Mondavi Winery
Country: USA 
Wine region: Napa
Standout points: The historic To Kalon vineyard; the ever-popular Margrit Mondavi Winery Annual Summer Concert Series
Winemaker: Geneviève Janssens
Wine style: Focus on Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, combining French finesse and Californian concentration
Website: https://www.robertmondaviwinery.com/

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Australasia – Rippon

2020 Position: 13
Name of wine estate: Rippon
Country: New Zealand
Wine region: Central Otago
Standout points: Jaw-droppingly beautiful views from the shore of Lake Wanaka; stunningly sleek biodynamic wines
Winemaker: Nick Mills
Wine style: Precise, site-specific noble varieties (Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gewürztraminer)
Website: https://www.rippon.co.nz

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Africa – Delaire Graff Estate

2020 Position: 14
Name of wine estate: Delaire Graff Estate
Country: South Africa
Wine region: Stellenbosch
Standout points: Flawless views across the Banghoek Valley; flavour-packed Asian tapas at Indochine restaurant
Winemaker: Morné Vrey
Wine style: Bordeaux blends and Chardonnay are specialties
Website: https://www.delaire.co.za/

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Asia – Château Mercian Mariko Winery

2020 Position: 30
Name of wine estate: Château Mercian Mariko Winery
Country: Japan
Wine region: Nagano Prefecture
Standout points: Sipping Koshu on the terrace with views of Mount Tateshina and Mount Asama
Winemaker: Mitsuhiro Anzo
Wine style: Elegant cool-climate reds and whites – a combination of French varieties and local specialties Koshu and Muscat Bailey A.
Website: https://chateaumercian.com/en/

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