Continent Winners


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

Here are the top vineyard destinations on each continent

South America

Name of wine estate: Zuccardi Valle de Uco
Country: Argentina
Wine region: Uco Valley
Standout points: Architectural gem of a winery complex, stunning views of the Andes range 
Winemaker: Sebastián Zuccardi
Wine style: Terroir-driven wines expressing the high-altitude limestone terroir of the Uco Valley



Name of wine estate: R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia, S.A.
Country: Spain
Wine region: Rioja
Standout points: Charming 19th-century winery complex; ‘time-capsule’ sense of winemaking tradition and history
Winemaker: Maria José López de Heredia
Wine style: Long-aged white and red Rioja 


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: Fine, terroir-focused noble varieties (Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gewürztraminer)

North America

Name of wine estate: Robert Mondavi Winery
Country: USA 
Wine region: Napa
Standout points: The historic To Kalon vineyard; the Four Decades Dinner
Winemaker: Geneviève Janssens
Wine style: New World Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc with French sensibilities


Name of wine estate: Vergelegen Estate
Country: South Africa
Wine region: Stellenbosch
Standout points: Protected Cape heritage site, extensive wine tourism options
Winemaker: André van Rensburg
Wine style: Premium Bordeaux blends 


Name of wine estate: Château Heritage
Country: Lebanon 
Wine region: Bekaa Valley
Standout points: Historic region with UNESCO Heritage ruins of Baalbek
Winemaker: Dargham Touma
Wine style: Old World French-inspired reds