Till recently I got in touch with Great Wine Capitals and it’s propose. It is a network of major global cities within northern and southern hemisphere to promote what the best of wining and Wine Tourism is produced in these regions.
Bilbao (Rioja), Bordeaux, Cape Town and Cape Winelands, Christchurch (South Island), Firenze, Mainz (Rheinhessen), Mendoza, Porto, San Francisco (Napa Vally) and Valparìso (Casablanca Valley) are the ten best of the best wine regions of the world that share an economic and cultural heritage that’s the key for their international renowned.
I kept thinking these last days about why wine tourism is so important for people. People want to see how wine is produced, if possible to talk the lead winemaker, and for what its worth they want to have a wine experience that involve being in the field.
Every year Great Wine Capitals organizes international competitions to award members of its wine region in fields like Accommodation, Wine Tourism Restaurants, Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices, Architecture & Landscapes, Art & Culture, Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences and Wine Tourism Services.
For my selection it was hard, but could find the most luxury accommodations within the ten regions.
This 5 star hotel located in Napa Valley has spacious suites and private balconies complemented with lovey fireplaces. This lovely and luxury hotel offers a rooftop swimming pool too. And its restaurant uses only organic ingredients cultivated locally.
2. Hotel Viura
Located in Villabuena de Álva village, this 4 stars hotel has a rooftop terrace for guest can enjoy the views for Sierra de la Cantabria. Regular wine tastings are arranged regularly and during the summer the lovely swimming pool along the vineyards is a must.
3. The Yeatman
One of the highlights of this luxury hotel is the panoramic view’s over the city of Porto on the SPA.
Padded areas along the swimming pool provides guests the most lovely view of Rio Douro.
This boutique hotel is hosted in a restored manor and is located in Cape Winelands. The luxury hotel offers its guests a 15-metre saltwater pool with gorgeous views over Groenberg Nature Reserve. The hotel estate provides several outdoor activities, including walks along Kromme River and the 10Km vineyards.
Located in the heart of Bordeaux vineyards where Jacquie and Wilfrid Franc de Ferrière receive in their superb 19th century chateau for wine tastings and visits to the vineyards.