We have an Academy comprising more than 500 leading wine experts, sommeliers and travel correspondents from across the globe. Each has been selected for their expert opinion of the international wine and tourism scene.
To ensure the Academy is representative, we divide the world into geographical regions. Each region has an acknowledged expert as its Academy Chair. Each Academy Chair is responsible for recruiting 36 wine and travel experts. They vote for 7 vineyards in preferential order and at least 4 of these must be from outside their voting region.
There is no pre-determined checklist of criteria – each vote is a nomination for a vineyard experience that they deem to be the best in the world. The experience will take in all things connected with the visit – the tour, tasting, ambiance, wine, food, staff, view, value for money, reputation, accessibility. It’s everything that makes a vineyard visit a valuable and rewarding experience for visitors, and makes guests want to return or recommend a visit to their friends.
The results are published online and via social media as soon as they have been announced at the World’s Best Vineyards Top 50 announcement itself, which in 2020 will take place in Santa Rosa, California, on July 13.
The World’s Best Vineyards list and announcement event are organised and compiled by William Reed Business Media. None of the employees of the organiser, or of any of the sponsors associated with it, is part of the voting Academy.
Austria, Hungary & Switzerland
Greece, Malta, Cyprus & Balkans
Middle East & North Africa
Rest of Americas (excl. Argentina & Chile)
Russia & Eastern Europe
South Asia (excl. China)
Spain & Andorra