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 World’s Best Vineyards list and announcement event are organised and compiled by William Reed Business Media and 2020 Host Partner – Sonoma County Winegrowers. None of the employees of the organiser, or the Host Partner, are part of the voting Academy.
In partnership with:
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