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.
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.
If you would like to apply to become a voter please email the World’s Best Vineyards team at firstname.lastname@example.org stating which region you would like to become a voter for. Further information will then be requested from you via email before confirming your application.
Germany, Benelux & the Nordics and Austria, Hungary & Switzerland
Greece, Turkey, Cyprus & the Balkans
Middle East & North Africa
Russia, Central Asia & Eastern Europe
Spain & Andorra
UK & Ireland