The World Best 50 Vineyards 2023

This exclusive list represents the epitome of wine tourism, showcasing the perfect blend of world-class viticulture, stunning landscapes, architectural marvels, and unparalleled wine tasting experiences. From the sun-soaked vineyards of Europe to the picturesque wineries of the New World, the 50 Best Vineyards ranking unveils a diverse array of destinations, each with its unique charm and allure, making it a must-visit guide for wine enthusiasts, travelers, and anyone seeking to indulge in the art of wine appreciation.

* The wineries have been listed without a specific order.



In the heart of the picturesque Italian town of Barolo, a wine of legendary status shares its name. Barolo, celebrated for its full-bodied and noble character, has its origins deeply rooted in the historic cellars of Marchesi di Barolo, where it began its remarkable journey in the early 19th century. The story of Barolo is a captivating tale that charts the evolution of this wine from its modest beginnings to its present-day status as the pride of the region.

Before the creation of Barolo wine, the nebbiolo grape variety, the cornerstone of this exquisite libation, offered a rather different sensory experience. In its earlier form, nebbiolo produced a sweet and sparkling wine, distinct from the robust Barolo known today. The true potential of nebbiolo as a grape variety became evident in the late 18th century, even before the birth of Barolo.



The remarkable lineage of the Drappier family traces its roots back to the 17th century, with the birth of Rémy Drappier in 1604, who initially pursued a career as a draper in the city of Reims. It was not until 1808 that one of the family’s ancestors, François Drappier, took the crucial step of settling in Urville, where he embarked on the cultivation of a modest vineyard spanning just a few hectares.

Since 2016, the estate has been graced by the presence of Michel Drappier, along with his wife Sylvie, who now represent the seventh generation of the Drappier family. Their dedicated commitment to the winemaking legacy has been further enriched with the arrival of the eighth generation. Charline, born in 1989, is progressively assuming the role of overseeing marketing activities, while her brother Hugo, born in 1991, shoulders the responsibility for viticulture and oenology.



Nestled near the charming town of Cambres, the vineyards of Quinta da Pacheca beckon wine enthusiasts to embark on a truly unique and historical wine journey. This expansive estate, spanning 75 hectares, boasts a remarkable legacy dating back to the sixth century, where the vines have been nurtured with care and expertise for generations. What sets Quinta da Pacheca apart is its innovative approach to accommodation, with ten colossal wine barrels ingeniously transformed into quirky ensuite hotel rooms. These circular sanctuaries feature circular beds and porthole windows that frame captivating vistas of the surrounding vines. 

Quinta da Pacheca is celebrated for its exceptional wines classified under the prestigious Douro DOC designation. Their white, rosé, and red wines showcase the authenticity of the native grape varieties, offering a fresh and vibrant expression of the land. The red wines, in particular, exude notable body and a tantalizing aroma, captivating the senses with every sip. Moreover, the estate has garnered recognition for its award-winning Port wines, featuring an array of styles including white, tawny, vintage, and ruby. 



Nestled along the captivating Tuscan Coast, with a commanding view of the glistening Tyrrhenian Sea, Ornellaia stands as a symbol of prestige, elegance, and historical significance. Founded by Marchese Lodovico Antinori, a scion of the illustrious Antinori family, and with the expert guidance of winemaker Tibor Gál, this esteemed estate has firmly secured its place among the most distinguished wineries in Italy. Its geographical proximity to Tenuta San Guido, the home of the renowned Sassicaia, adds an extra layer of allure to the region, often revered as the birthplace of the original “Super Tuscan” wines.

The location of Ornellaia is nothing short of idyllic. Nestled in the Northern Maremma, the vineyards enjoy a privileged position, situated between the historic city of Livorno and the enchanting island of Elba. The unique microclimate of this coastal area provides optimal conditions for viticulture, resulting in wines that exhibit a distinctive character and an extraordinary level of quality.



Nestled just beyond the peaceful village of Valiano di Montepulciano, Avignonesi winery enjoys a picturesque location, flanked by Cortona on one side and Montepulciano on the other. The estate encompasses nine distinct vineyard plots, a stately villa, a charming chapel, and historic wine cellars, all dedicated to the production of certified organic, biodynamic (Biodyvin), and vegan wines.

Named after the original founders of the estate, the Avignonesi family, who established it in 1974, this winery has embarked on a captivating journey since its inception. In 2009, it was acquired by Virginie Saverys, and under her stewardship, Avignonesi has flourished, both in terms of size and its pioneering role in promoting biodynamic viticulture in Italy.



Established in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in Ampuis, the heart of the Côte-Rôtie appellation with a winemaking history that extends over 2,400 years, the Guigal estate boasts a remarkable legacy. After contributing to Vidal-Fleury and crafting wine for 67 vintages in the Côte-Rôtie, Marcel Guigal took the reins in 1961, alongside his wife Bernadette, successfully expanding the family’s winemaking enterprise. Today, their son Philippe, along with his wife Eve, represents the third generation, committed to the art of producing exceptional wines from the Rhône Valley.

The Guigal estate encompasses extraordinary vineyards, including Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Hermitage, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Saint-Joseph, and Crozes-Hermitage, which yield prestigious wines that exemplify the domain’s excellence. Driven by a deep passion for winemaking and an unwavering commitment to exacting standards, the Guigal family holds the unique terroir sculpted by the Rhône River’s steep terraced landscape in high regard.



For six generations, the Bonfils family has been dedicated to the art of winemaking. Their vinicultural journey has taken them from Algeria to the Languedoc and through Roussillon. Today, three generations of the Bonfils family continue to work closely together. Having established themselves as vineyard owners since 1870, Domaines Bonfils is deeply committed to environmental sustainability and the preservation of the distinct natural sites they cultivate.

This shared passion unites the family, with Jean-Michel’s sons, Olivier, Laurent, and Jérôme, carrying on the family legacy, and even the sixth generation joining the family business. The family’s collective philosophy spans generations, driven by a shared enthusiasm for imparting their accumulated wisdom and experiences. Their goal is to showcase the unique characteristics of each site, draw out the vitality of the land, and craft wines that possess a distinctive personality, reflecting the essence of each terroir.



In 1983, the world of wine was forever altered by a pivotal encounter. It was the year when David Hohnen, an adventurous wine connoisseur, experienced his first sip of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. This transformative moment left an indelible impression on him, igniting a fervent desire to capture the essence of Marlborough and share it with the rest of the world. This singular encounter laid the groundwork for the creation of Cloudy Bay.

Two years later, in 1985, Hohnen forged a partnership with the talented winemaker Kevin Judd to establish Cloudy Bay. Their shared vision and unwavering commitment to excellence swiftly garnered international acclaim, thrusting New Zealand wine into the global spotlight. The flagship Sauvignon Blanc of Cloudy Bay became synonymous with exceptional quality, effectively positioning Marlborough as a world-class wine region. As the years passed, Cloudy Bay’s journey reached new heights, culminating in its collaboration with Veuve Clicquot in 2003 and its integration into the esteemed LVMH family in 2010.



In the realm of Mexican winemaking, the name Camillo Magoni shines as a beacon of excellence. An esteemed figure in Baja California’s wine industry, Camillo Magoni’s wisdom and expertise are celebrated by wine aficionados and connoisseurs. At the heart of this storied legacy stands Casa Magoni, a winery that reveres tradition while pushing the boundaries of innovation. Nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Valle de Guadalupe, Casa Magoni is a family-owned and operated winery. The skilled enologist, Camillo Magoni, who now guides the family’s second generation, has played a pivotal role in shaping the winemaking tapestry of the region. In 2013, Casa Magoni transitioned from producing wines exclusively for private enjoyment to opening its doors to the public, marking a significant shift in sharing their exceptional creations with the world.

At the heart of Casa Magoni’s winemaking philosophy lies a steadfast commitment to crafting wines that authentically reflect the distinctive qualities of their grapes. To achieve this, they source their grapes exclusively from their own captivating vineyard, ensuring that each bottle encapsulates the very essence of their terroir. The vineyard is home to a remarkable array of grape varieties, encompassing classic Bordeaux grapes such as Merlot, Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc, as well as the alluring Rhone grapes, including Syrah and Grenache.



The charming landscapes of Tanail and Zahle have borne witness to an extraordinary tale of cultivation, exploration, and transformation spanning many centuries. It was in the year 1857 that a group of dedicated Jesuit monks embarked on a journey that would forever alter the viticultural landscape of Lebanon. These committed monks, recognizing the untapped potential of the Ksara terroir, began the noble task of cultivating the land, setting the stage for the birth of Lebanon’s iconic Château Ksara.

The monks’ voyage of discovery led them to the cultivation of vineyards, ultimately resulting in the creation of Lebanon’s first dry wine. This marked the inception of Château Ksara’s illustrious legacy, a name that would soon become synonymous with excellence in Lebanese winemaking. The journey continued in 1898 when the monks stumbled upon a hidden treasure beneath the earth—a 2-kilometer cave dating back to the Roman era.



Greek for “a serene state of mind, free from worry and preoccupation”, Ataraxia lives up to the hype. Aptly called The Skyfields, Ataraxia Wines is perfectly positioned on a commanding rise in the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde wine-growing area. Hemel-en-Aarde is Afrikaans for “heaven and earth” and the claim is justified. The estate sits on a particularly heavenly stretch of land beneath a lofty peak of the Babylon’s Tower mountain range. In addition to its unrelenting beauty, Ataraxia is home to some of the most spectacular terroirs South Africa has to offer.

Just a stone’s throw away from the coastal village of Hermanus, a scenic drive leads you to the most elevated part of these wine lands, where the awe-inspiring views of vineyards, valleys, and mountains surround the chapel-like Wine Lounge. Ataraxia’s winemaking journey is guided by the terroir, with their soils dictating the choice of grape cultivars to be planted. These grapes serve as vital instruments for expressing the unique characteristics of their terroir and, in turn, crafting the exceptional wines they are known for. With twelve hectares currently under vine and ambitious plans for an additional twelve in the future, Ataraxia remains dedicated to producing wines that are a pure and authentic reflection of the soil in which they thrive, inviting wine enthusiasts to savor the essence of their remarkable terroir.



Bodegas de Mora Osborne, nestled in the historic El Puerto de Santa Maria in Cádiz, has been a venerable presence in the sherry region since its establishment in 1772. The bodega has earned acclaim for its extensive collection of VORS (Vinum Optimum Rare Signatum) wine, a testament to their mastery in the world of sherry production. At this illustrious winery, visitors are treated to an immersive experience that delves into the intricate processes of the criaderas and soleras system, a defining feature of sherry aging.

Beyond sherry, Bodegas de Mora Osborne is renowned for its premium brandies, making it a true epicenter of exceptional spirits. Moreover, the bodega offers a captivating Toro Gallery exhibition, where guests can explore the history and significance of the iconic Toro de Osborne, a symbol of Spain. The charming gardens and patios that grace the premises provide a perfect backdrop for creating lasting memories filled with the delightful aromas of wine and brandy.



Since its inception in 2008, The Mount has been a beacon of wine production, and in 2016, it warmly opened its doors to guests seeking an extraordinary wine-tasting experience. Nestled in the charming village of Shoreham, with the convenience of the Shoreham village train station’s direct links to Bromley, London, and Sevenoaks, The Mount boasts a unique micro-climate in the Darent Valley that yields vintages telling a one-of-a-kind story. Covering a sprawling 28-acre estate, with 10 acres dedicated to vineyards producing six exceptional wines, this idyllic vineyard is a testament to the beauty and richness of English winemaking.

The Mount is not just a vineyard; it’s a happy family home for Simon and Sarah, who have lovingly cultivated it into a welcoming English vineyard, restaurant, shop, and a stunning venue for wine tasting experiences, special events, and weddings. This passionate, tight-knit team at The Mount shares a commitment to delivering an outstanding experience for all guests, all while ensuring that the vineyard remains a vibrant, inclusive, and inspiring place to work.



This winery has its roots deeply intertwined with the values of family, a profound love for the countryside, and an unwavering commitment to the fruits it bears. From its very inception, it has been nurtured with a fundamental principle – that the finest results emerge from small-scale, hands-on labor. With a dedicated focus on meticulous attention to detail, they oversee and cherish every step of the winemaking process, from tending to the vineyard’s soil to the moment the wine gracefully fills the glass. They firmly believe that this holistic approach is the key to long-term success, enabling them to authentically express the unique personality that defines their wines.

In their quest for wine production, they source grapes exclusively from five meticulously tended vineyards, where the emphasis is on achieving low yields to ensure the highest quality. The year-round care they provide to their vines, coupled with a discerning selection process in each vineyard, where only the grapes that meet the highest quality standards are chosen, guarantees that they have the exceptional raw materials necessary for crafting wines that embody excellence. With this dedication to their craft and the terroir, this winery stands as a testament to the timeless connection between family, the land, and the extraordinary wines that result from their unwavering commitment.



Opus One Winery, nestled alongside Napa Valley’s renowned Oakville Grocery, stands as a testament to the visionary collaboration of two wine luminaries: Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild. Together, their ambitious goal was to craft an ultra-premium Bordeaux-style blend, predominantly featuring Cabernet Sauvignon, that would stand shoulder to shoulder with the finest cru classé wines from Bordeaux’s illustrious Left Bank. The moment you set foot on the Opus One grounds, the winery’s iconic status becomes unmistakably evident. Every aspect of the winery, from the stately colonnaded reception building to the meticulously manicured gardens, reflects an unwavering commitment to excellence, a commitment mirrored in the remarkable wines they produce.

The winery itself is a harmonious fusion of classical European influences and distinctively Californian elements, representing Opus One’s embrace of both Old World tradition and New World innovation. The exterior showcases the use of limestone, including an impressive neoclassical colonnaded porch, symbolizing the French heritage of the partnership, while American white oak and California Redwood celebrate the winery’s rich Californian roots.



Soalheiro, a distinguished Portuguese winery located in Melgaço, the northernmost part of the Vinho Verde region, boasts a rich wine-making heritage that traces its roots back to 1974. João António Cerdeira and his wife Palmira were pioneering figures who were the first to plant Alvarinho grapes in the region during Portugal’s Carnation Revolution. Today, their legacy is carried forward by their children who oversee the estate.

In a dedicated commitment to sustainability, Soalheiro has embraced modernization efforts to become as eco-friendly as possible, fostering innovation with an Innovation Room where fresh ideas flourish. The estate’s diverse offerings span a wide spectrum, from wines and spirits to herbal teas, organic vegetables, and cured meats, showcasing a multifaceted approach to agro-tourism. For a truly immersive experience, the Herbal Teas House, a three-bedroom cottage unveiled in 2020, is nestled amidst Soalheiro’s verdant tea plantation. Each room in this tranquil retreat is thoughtfully designed, drawing inspiration from one of the estate’s distinctive infusions, providing guests with an ideal base for exploring the captivating surrounding region. 



GranMonte Estate finds its unique location in the enchanting Asoke Valley of Khao Yai, nestled conveniently alongside the majestic Khao Yai National Park, situated approximately 160 kilometers from bustling Bangkok. Asoke Valley is renowned in Thailand for its stunning yellow blossoms, a distinctive feature of the Khao Yai region. The tranquil ambiance and the breathtaking natural beauty of Asoke Valley serve as the perfect backdrop for the GranMonte Estate, with the grandeur of the Khao Yai mountain ranges inspiring the very name “GranMonte,” which translates to “big mountain.”

The story of GranMonte Vineyard is a testament to a vision kindled by the unbridled passion for winemaking. In 1999, a 12-hectare parcel of land in Northeast Thailand, once home to cornfields and cashew plantations, stood on the precipice of realizing its potential. Visooth Lohitnavy, driven by his ardor for wine, together with his wife Sakuna and their two young daughters, Nikki and Mimi, settled in this picturesque setting nestled at the foothills of Khao Yai National Park.



Nestled a mere 20 miles away from the picturesque Monterey Bay, Eden Rift Vineyards is a living testament to California’s illustrious viticultural heritage. As the oldest continually producing vineyard in the state, this sprawling 120-acre estate not only boasts a rich history but also holds the promise of a vibrant future.

Founded in 1849 by Theophile Vache, Eden Rift Vineyards is steeped in the legacy of early Californian winemaking. Gracefully situated on the San Andreas Faultline, the vineyard finds its home within the esteemed Cienega Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA). This unique geographic location has played a pivotal role in shaping the character and quality of the wines produced here.



The remarkable journey of Myanmar’s winemaking began with the visionary founder, Bert Morsbach, and his audacious dream to produce Western-style wines in a land where viticulture was virtually uncharted territory. In 1999, Bert and a group of like-minded friends, driven by their profound love for Myanmar and the art of winemaking, founded the winery that stands today, nestled near Taunggyi in the southern Shan State. Right from the start, their mission was clear: to pioneer the development of premium wines, with the entire country as their canvas. Their unwavering slogan then, as it remains today, is “A better wine every year.”

The conditions were undoubtedly favorable, with 150 days of sunshine, a warm climate, and ideal soil, setting the stage for a winemaking revolution in Myanmar. In June 1999, the Loikaw Vineyard found its new home at MAS’ Htone Bo Farm, near Taunggyi in the Southern Shan State. Little did the pioneers realize that they were about to rewrite the world’s wine map, with the vision of transforming Myanmar into a producer of exceptional wines meant to perfectly complement outstanding Myanmar cuisine and special occasions.



Established in 1885, Lumiere is a distinguished family-owned winery with a rich and storied history that spans over 130 years. Located in the Yamanashi prefecture, the most renowned and historically significant region for wine production in Japan, Lumiere has made it a mission to continuously pursue excellence in the art of winemaking. This relentless dedication has borne fruit, with Lumiere successfully producing high-quality wines that have earned accolades and recognition in European top competitions since as early as 1967. These award-winning wines take center stage in their restaurant and shop, where patrons have the privilege of savoring the exquisite results of Lumiere’s enduring commitment and profound expertise.

Nestled in the midst of Yamanashi’s breathtaking natural beauty, Lumiere’s vineyards are strategically located in an alluvial fan area, characterized by soil predominantly composed of decomposed granite. This unique soil composition, in combination with their meticulous cultivation practices, including the use of grass cover crops and a no-tillage approach, plays a pivotal role in allowing Lumiere to unearth the genuine character of their grapes, ensuring that their wines achieve their highest potential.



In the heart of Chianti, a mesmerizing region in the heart of Tuscany, lies a piece of land that has borne witness to centuries of history and an unwavering passion for the art of winemaking. This area, predominantly adorned by dense woods, has been thoughtfully cultivated with vineyards and olive groves, creating a harmonious blend that finds its perfect home in the Tuscan soil. The story of Petrolo, its pristine vineyards, and the wines it meticulously crafts is a narrative that speaks to the traditions of the land, an unwavering commitment to excellence, and a profound connection to the fertile earth beneath.

Fast forward to the year 1834, and the stage is set for Giorgio Perrin, a revered agronomist and the owner of Petrolo, who also held the esteemed title of a member of the prestigious Accademia dei Gergofili of Florence. Giorgio Perrin recognized the innate potential of this remarkable terroir, a deep belief in the native Sangiovese grape, and the exceptional character of the land that cradled his vines. He foresaw the capacity of this land to yield wines of unparalleled depth and expression, a vision that endures and thrives to this day, a heritage of excellence that is beautifully preserved.



The Argyros family, custodians of the largest private vineyard holdings on the enchanting Greek island of Santorini, have always prioritized quality over quantity in their pursuit of winemaking excellence. At the helm of this fourth-generation family endeavor is the dedicated winemaker, Matthew Argyros. Matthew’s focus centers on the island’s signature grape, Assyrtiko, and he oversees the meticulous process of organic farming across the estate, a legacy that traces its roots back to 1903.

The vines on this unique volcanic island are exceptional, cultivated in basket-shaped formations close to the ground, a design that acts as a shield against the formidable winds that buffet the island. The average age of the vines is an impressive 70 years, and the most venerable among them have gracefully endured for over two centuries, bearing witness to Santorini’s rich winemaking history.



Nestled in the enchanting region of Oestrich-Winkel, on the lush banks of the Rhine River, Schloss Vollrads is an estate that boasts a remarkable 800-year history, deeply woven with the cultivation and refinement of a singular grape variety – Riesling. In spite of their extensive legacy, this revered winery refuses to rest on its laurels, choosing instead to focus on crafting exceptional wines and providing enriching experiences that bring joy to every visitor.

Schloss Vollrads, with its iconic fourteenth-century moated tower, stands as an iconic landmark in the picturesque Rheingau landscape. The estate invites guests to partake in ‘Relaxing Wine Rambles,’ offering a chance to explore the vast property. These ventures encompass leisurely walks through woodlands, meandering nature trails, and, most significantly, tours of the vineyards – the very heart of this Riesling empire.



Nestled in the captivating region of Racha-Lechkhumi, the Tchrebalo Wine Cellar is a small but distinguished boutique winery that specializes in the production of limited quantities of exceptional, unique wines. Established officially in 2017, this winery is housed within a historic building in the charming village of Tchrebalo, situated in the Ambrolauri Municipality within the Khvanchkara micro-zone.

The founders of this winery are proud natives of the region, rooted in the legacy of their ancestors who were the original settlers of this fertile land. Over time, they have amassed a wealth of experience in the art of winemaking, cultivating a tradition of their own that places a premium on quality and the celebration of the region’s distinctive terroir.



Casa Marin’s story is a testament to the power of dreams, fueled by determination and an unwavering pursuit of excellence. The visionary behind this journey is María Luz Marin, the founder, owner, and winemaker, who believed in the uncharted potential of the San Antonio Valley. In the face of skeptics and naysayers, María Luz established her winery in Lo Abarca in the year 2000. Her bold and daring decision bore fruit as Casa Marin swiftly earned acclaim with numerous global awards, not only establishing the winery’s reputation but also showcasing Chile as a formidable producer of high-quality wines.

Nestled in a terroir blessed with natural beauty, Casa Marin confronts the distinctive challenges presented by the unique climate of Lo Abarca. This small town, situated near the Pacific Ocean, is frequently shrouded in fog and buffeted by strong coastal winds. The region’s cool temperatures during the grape growth and ripening seasons may present hardships, but these challenges have culminated in superior fruit quality.



Cloudsley Cellars is the brainchild of Adam Lowy, and though it may operate from a converted garage building, its wines are a testament to the art of showcasing terroir in a glass. The unassuming setting belies the resonance and quality of the wines produced here. One standout offering is the Twenty Mile Bench Pinot Noir, a wine that can serve as a gateway to the world of Niagara Pinot Noirs.

Crafted from a blend of grapes sourced from numerous single vineyards, this Pinot Noir is a symphony of bright red fruit notes, featuring accents of sour cherries, cranberries, and a subtle earthiness. The wine’s vibrant palate mirrors the exuberance of its flavors, making it an exceptional choice to introduce newcomers to the captivating world of Ontario wines.



Manoel Dilor Freitas, the visionary founder of Villa Francioni, embarked on a quest to discover the definitive Brazilian terroir, driven by his unwavering passion for the art of winemaking. His relentless pursuit of knowledge took him around the world, where he gathered insights from renowned experts, explored the finest wine-producing regions, and engaged in meaningful dialogues with specialists.

From this wealth of experiences, Manoel crystallized a personal concept that now defines Villa Francioni’s mission: “Enriching the celebration of life in the elegant wine made with love and art.” Each wine crafted by Villa Francioni serves as a unique chapter in this remarkable story of dedication and artistry.




Catena Zapata, founded in 1902 by Italian immigrant Nicola Catena, has risen to prominence as Argentina’s First Family of wine. While the popularity of the Malbec grape waned in Bordeaux, Catena was a trailblazer in championing it, and their estate has become a hub for meticulous viticultural research, boasting vineyards often referred to as the country’s Grand Crus.

Today, the estate is under the stewardship of Laura Catena, Nicola’s granddaughter, who has spearheaded initiatives such as the Catena Institute of Wine. This institute plays a crucial role in advancing Argentina’s sustainability code and unlocking the full potential of the country’s wines, ensuring a bright future for the industry. The Catena Zapata estate is not just a hub of winemaking excellence but also an architectural and sensory delight. The pyramid-shaped winery, inspired by Mayan temples, stands as a captivating attraction on its own. Visitors are offered three distinct types of tours, each providing a unique experience. 



In 2004, Alex and Carrie VIK embarked on an ambitious mission to create one of the world’s finest wines. Their relentless pursuit of excellence led them on a two-year scientific quest to discover the perfect terroir. This quest brought them to the stunning region of Millahue in the Cachapoal Valley of Chile, a nation renowned for its dedication to producing world-class wines.

The birth of the VIK vineyard found its home amidst the picturesque foothills of the Andes mountains, nestled within the Millahue Valley, a name derived from the native Mapuche people, signifying “Lugar de Oro” or the “Golden Place.” This breathtaking Chilean wilderness spans across 4,300 hectares of land, and on this remarkable canvas, the VIKs planted over 327 hectares of vines. What sets VIK apart is its terroir, which bestows a majestic and natural landscape characterized by 12 distinct valleys, each with its unique microclimate and exposures.



In 2004, Alex and Carrie VIK embarked on an ambitious mission to create one of the world’s finest wines. Their relentless pursuit of excellence led them on a two-year scientific quest to discover the perfect terroir. This quest brought them to the stunning region of Millahue in the Cachapoal Valley of Chile, a nation renowned for its dedication to producing world-class wines.

The birth of the VIK vineyard found its home amidst the picturesque foothills of the Andes mountains, nestled within the Millahue Valley, a name derived from the native Mapuche people, signifying “Lugar de Oro” or the “Golden Place.” This breathtaking Chilean wilderness spans across 4,300 hectares of land, and on this remarkable canvas, the VIKs planted over 327 hectares of vines. What sets VIK apart is its terroir, which bestows a majestic and natural landscape characterized by 12 distinct valleys, each with its unique microclimate and exposures.



Château Smith Haut Lafitte, a Bordeaux winery with roots dating back to the fourteenth century, has undergone a remarkable transformation in the past three decades. This renaissance is attributed to the dynamic ownership of former French Olympic skier Daniel Cathiard and his wife Florence. Under their stewardship, the estate has embraced biodynamic farming practices, fostering a harmonious relationship with the land and turning Château Smith Haut Lafitte into a luxurious and sustainable destination.

The estate’s Grand Cru Classé white and red Bordeaux blends are a testament to their commitment to responsible farming practices that prioritize biodiversity, minimize the carbon footprint, and yield wines of incredible complexity. Within the vineyards, one can find shire horses, orchards, beehives, and woodlands, all thoughtfully cultivated to enhance the surrounding ecosystem. The Cathiards’ vision extends to their daughters, Mathilde and Alice, who have actively contributed to the family business.



Bodega Garzón, situated in the vicinity of Punta del Este and José Ignacio in Uruguay, has swiftly risen to prominence as a frontrunner in the Uruguayan wine landscape, despite being established only in 2016. Spanning an impressive 2,200 hectares, this estate is graced with some of the world’s oldest granitic soils, dating back a staggering 2,500 million years.

This unique terroir, combined with a commitment to sustainability, is underscored by the vineyard’s Silver LEED certification. The property’s natural beauty is preserved with untouched native forests and the presence of majestic palm trees.




In the late 1980s, the shared vision of four friends came to life as Viña Montes, a Chilean winery committed to producing wines that would elevate the country’s reputation on the global stage. Over the years, Viña Montes has realized this dream, and its wines are now enjoyed in more than 100 countries worldwide.

This pioneering winery has particularly excelled in crafting high-end Chilean wines, with a special focus on the Syrah grape. At the heart of their winemaking process lies innovation, as they utilize gravitational technology and maintain a strong commitment to sustainability. Furthermore, the winery boasts a unique feng shui design conceived by expert Sylvia Galleguillos.



Schloss Johannisberg boasts an illustrious history that spans an impressive 1,200 years, making it a custodian of wine culture and tradition. For the past three centuries, it has held the exclusive commitment to the cultivation of Riesling grapes, marking it as the cradle of one of the world’s oldest and most esteemed grape varieties.

This long and storied history imbues Schloss Johannisberg with an unyielding passion for winemaking, a deep sense of responsibility to preserve their heritage, and an abiding pride in crafting outstanding Riesling wines. The estate’s legacy serves as a wellspring of inspiration, driving their relentless pursuit of excellence and their mission to share the magic of Riesling with people worldwide.



Bodegas Salentein stands as a prominent winery in the picturesque Uco Valley of Mendoza, Argentina, and has earned recognition for producing iconic South American wines such as Portillo, Killka, and Salentein. The story of this renowned estate began in 1996 when Dutch entrepreneur Mijndert Pon acquired the property and set about planting vineyards.

A significant milestone was reached in 1997 when the first high-altitude Malbec vines were planted at a staggering 1,300 meters above sea level, marking a pioneering move in the region. The following year, the foundation of Salentein’s remarkable winery, a true architectural marvel, was laid. This magnificent structure is set amidst vast expanses of vineyards, with the awe-inspiring backdrop of the snowcapped Andes, leaving an indelible impression on all who visit.



El Enemigo is the brainchild of two passionate Argentinian friends, Alejandro Vigil and Adrianna Catena, who conceived the idea during a serene twilight walk along the River Thames in London back in 2009. Alejandro, a highly respected winemaker and soil expert, has previously led operations at the prestigious Bodega Catena Zapata.

On the other hand, Adrianna is a historian in pursuit of her doctorate at Oxford University. Together, they embarked on the journey of creating El Enemigo, driven by the shared vision of producing wines that pay homage to tradition while simultaneously challenging the established norms of the wine industry.



Ernie Loosen is a venerable and esteemed figure in the world of wine, often hailed as Riesling royalty due to his unwavering passion and innovative contributions to the industry. In 1988, he assumed the reins of his family’s historic estate, a legacy that spans over two centuries of winemaking excellence. Under Ernie’s inspired leadership, the estate has ascended to unprecedented heights, its reputation ascending much like the steep slopes upon which its precious grapevines flourish.

The estate, nestled in the Mosel Valley, is celebrated for its exceptional white wines crafted from the Riesling grape. These offerings encompass an array of styles, from the dry and crisp to the lusciously sweet, with a sparkling rosé made from Pinot Noir that adds to the diversity. Laden with accolades and recognition, the estate holds a prestigious membership in the VdP, Germany’s exclusive growers’ association committed to quality. It is also home to several vineyards bearing the GG status, often considered Germany’s equivalent to Grand Cru.



Quinta do Crasto, situated in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Douro, is a celebrated winery steeped in history, with its origins tracing back to 1615. Today, it is under the stewardship of Leonor and Jorge Roquette, the fourth-generation custodians of this prestigious estate. The legacy of Quinta do Crasto is not only a testament to its remarkable longevity but also a story of continuous dedication to crafting exceptional wines in the heart of Douro.

One of the standout features of this estate is the trapezoid-shaped infinity pool, an architectural marvel designed by Eduardo Souto de Moura. Positioned at a breathtaking height of 600 meters, this pool offers a mesmerizing panoramic view of the Douro River and the undulating vineyards that grace the landscape. Visitors to Quinta do Crasto can relish wine and tapas on the terrace, all while taking in the picturesque surroundings.



Quinta do Noval, a venerable Port wine shipper, stands as a living testament to the essence and location of the Douro region. With a lineage dating back to 1715, it holds a unique distinction as the sole historic Port shipper that bears the name of its vineyard. Quinta do Noval is renowned for producing single vineyard vintage Ports, each eloquently expressing the nuances of the land from which they hail.

In 1997, the estate undertook a significant transformation by centralizing all its winemaking activities, including bottling and storage, in the heart of the Douro Valley. The estate’s terraced vineyards that rise gracefully from the riverbank provide a captivating glimpse into the very soul of the Douro, a UNESCO World Heritage site that has shaped the identity of the region.



Chester Osborn, often dubbed the Willy Wonka of the Australian wine scene, has masterfully transformed his family’s estate in McLaren Vale into a sensory extravaganza, just a short 45-minute drive from Adelaide. The estate exudes charisma and personality, yet it remains deeply rooted in a 109-year-old heritage that positions it among Australia’s esteemed First Families of Wine. At d’Arenberg, the wine style is nothing short of impressive, boasting a vast portfolio encompassing white, rosé, red, sparkling, sweet, and fortified wines, each bearing the whimsy of their quirky cuvée names.

With an astonishing array of 37 grape varieties, d’Arenberg is recognized as the largest biodynamic grower in Australia, reflecting Chester’s commitment to sustainable winemaking practices. He’s even introduced the world’s first fully automated natural winemaker, pushing the boundaries by experimenting with warmer-climate varietals like Mencia, Montepulciano, Aglianico, and Negroamaro.



Jordan Vineyard and Winery, established in 1974 by a couple fueled by their passion for both French wine and style, has evolved into a luxurious hillside retreat that seamlessly melds artisanal cuisine with the ambiance of a contemporary chateau. Visitors enrolled in the loyalty program are in for a treat as they step into three exquisite suites, graced with antique touches.

The premium Vendange Suite, in particular, stands out, featuring a grand freestanding bath and offering captivating views of the vineyards, as well as a vantage point to observe the oak casks in the tank room. Jordan Vineyard and Winery is a true embodiment of elegance and sophistication, set amidst the serene backdrop of California’s wine country.



Bodega Colomé, nestled in the enchanting Calchaquí Valley of northwest Argentina, is a mountain estate that proudly boasts one of the world’s highest vineyards. At this exceptional winery, altitude takes on a profound significance, as it’s regarded not just as height but as an embodiment of energy. This unique estate is dedicated to producing wines that harmonize perfectly with the unparalleled experiences it offers.

One of its standout features is its impressive zero-kilometer carbon footprint, where organic farming and bountiful orchards are employed to create delectable seasonal cuisine. Furthermore, the estate houses an on-site museum exclusively dedicated to the works of the renowned American artist, James Turrell, adding an artistic dimension to the wine-tasting experience.



For six generations, the Henschke family has been dedicated to crafting some of Australia’s most exceptional wines at their Eden Valley estate. Within this storied estate, the Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone vineyards stand as revered gems, counted among the oldest and most esteemed vineyards in the country.

The Henschke family’s unwavering commitment to producing single-site expressions underscores their deep connection to the land, capturing both the essence of the terroir and the people who tirelessly tend to it. Rooted in a profound respect for traditional winemaking practices, the Henschkes also embrace modern technology, seamlessly blending heritage and innovation. They further emphasize their dedication to sustainability by introducing organic and biodynamic farming practices, ensuring that the family’s cherished legacy endures for generations to come.



The Abbey of Santa María de Retuerta, established in 1146, has undergone a remarkable transformation into one of Spain’s most opulent hotels. This late-Romanesque and Gothic-style monastery, situated in Sardón de Duero, holds a storied past as the former national headquarters of the Premonstratensian Order and has been officially designated as a Site of Cultural Interest. Today, it has been reborn as a prestigious five-star hotel complex, complete with a Michelin-starred restaurant and a renowned winery, making it a sought-after destination for travelers.

Abadía Retuerta Winery stands as the custodian of this historic estate, producing a captivating range of terroir-driven white, rosé, and red wines in both classic and experimental styles. The estate encompasses a vast 700 hectares of land, of which 192 hectares are carefully cultivated vineyards, meticulously divided into 54 small, distinct plots along the banks of the Douro River



The Ceretto family’s esteemed legacy in Piedmont wine production dates back to the 1930s, and the current generation extends a warm and enthusiastic invitation to visitors to savor the delights of the Langhe region. At the heart of the winery experience are tastings that revolve around the renowned Barolo wines. Guests have the opportunity to explore the vineyards either by minivan or immerse themselves in a fascinating ‘Shades of Nebbiolo’ tutorial.

For a more enchanting experience, visitors can stroll through the Monsordo Bernardino vineyards just outside Alba, where a futuristic glass bubble seems to float above the vines, offering a one-of-a-kind setting for wine appreciation. The estate is also a treasure trove of contemporary art, featuring captivating installations such as a colossal glass cube and a vibrantly hued Barolo Chapel.



Billecart-Salmon, founded in 1818 by the newlyweds Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon, stands as a Champagne house that has continued its remarkable journey through seven generations. Today, it is led by Mathieu Billecart-Salmon, a testament to the enduring legacy of this esteemed family.

The meticulously manicured garden that envelops the main house in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, beautifully redesigned in the 1920s, stands as a source of immense pride for the family. However, the treasures of Billecart-Salmon extend far beyond the surface, offering a world to explore underground, in the vineyards, and within the prestigious enclosed “Clos Saint Hilaire.”



The illustrious history of Constantia’s sweet wine boasts a remarkable lineage of admirers, with famous connoisseurs such as Napoleon Bonaparte, Queen Victoria, and literary luminaries including Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Charlotte Brontë. The enduring popularity of this exquisite wine is a testament to its well-deserved acclaim, and its legacy continues to be celebrated to this day.

Klein Constantia, an estate with roots dating back to 1685, holds the distinction of rekindling the production of the renowned ‘Vin de Constance.’ Nestled in the picturesque Constantia wine region near Cape Town, this estate offers visitors a captivating journey through a trail of historic estates to explore. The timeless Cape Dutch homestead provides a charming contrast to the contemporary winery, meticulously designed by celebrated architect Gawie Fagan. 



The Bebber Family Winery represents a harmonious blend of family tradition deeply rooted in the wine industry and the innovative spirit that comes with a new generation. Located in Travessão Alfredo Chaves, within the heart of Flores da Cunha and surrounded by the picturesque slopes of Rio das Antas, the winery embraces its unique setting.

Winemaker Felipe Bebber, together with his father Valter and brother Rafael, embarked on a journey to turn their long-held dream of making a livelihood out of wine into a reality. This dream, inspired by the winemaking legacy of their grandparents, led them to explore the diverse terroirs in the state of Rio Grande Sul. Despite being a relatively new establishment, the Bebber Family Winery has quickly gained recognition for its wines’ distinct identity.



Founded with deep-rooted family values, unwavering dedication, and a passion for excellent wine, York Winery embodies a commitment to ethical practices, efficiency, and innovation. This philosophy has propelled them to the forefront of the Indian wine industry, challenging conventions and setting new trends. York’s dynamic team of young and ambitious winemakers is resolute in transforming the landscape of Indian winemaking

Located amidst the serene beauty of the Nashik Hills, their vineyards span across a picturesque 9 acres, benefiting from a terroir of exceptional quality. The natural slopes provide ideal drainage, while the soil supplies vines with vital nutrients and energy. These favorable conditions facilitate the cultivation of high-quality grapes, and the team’s expertise in winemaking ensures that they harness this potential to produce outstanding wines.



Giuaani Winery is steeped in the rich winemaking heritage of the historic village of Manavi, nestled in Kakheti, the heart of Georgia’s wine-producing region. Generations of their ancestors have crafted wine in this region for centuries, and Giuaani Winery continues this tradition, combining modern winemaking techniques with age-old practices, such as the use of clay jugs, known as “qvevri,” to create their distinctive amber wines.

Giuaani Winery carefully selects grape varieties grown in the ancient village of Manavi and employs a blend of traditional and contemporary winemaking methods. Their diverse range of wines caters to a wide spectrum of tastes, offering a delightful array of traditional Georgian wine flavors, as well as modern and classic wine profiles with distinct tastes and aromas. This commitment to blending heritage and innovation allows Giuaani Winery to offer high-quality wines that appeal to a broad range of wine enthusiasts.



Giuaani Winery is steeped in the rich winemaking heritage of the historic village of Manavi, nestled in Kakheti, the heart of Georgia’s wine-producing region. Generations of their ancestors have crafted wine in this region for centuries, and Giuaani Winery continues this tradition, combining modern winemaking techniques with age-old practices, such as the use of clay jugs, known as “qvevri,” to create their distinctive amber wines.

Giuaani Winery carefully selects grape varieties grown in the ancient village of Manavi and employs a blend of traditional and contemporary winemaking methods. Their diverse range of wines caters to a wide spectrum of tastes, offering a delightful array of traditional Georgian wine flavors, as well as modern and classic wine profiles with distinct tastes and aromas. This commitment to blending heritage and innovation allows Giuaani Winery to offer high-quality wines that appeal to a broad range of wine enthusiasts.



Château Khoury stands as a testament to the enduring passion and dedication of the El Khoury family, a labor of love initiated by Raymond and Brigitte El Khoury. Born out of their profound adoration for the vine and wine, the family’s winemaking journey began in 1995 when they planted the first vines for wine production. These vineyards took root in a land that had lain abandoned, bearing the scars of the Lebanese civil war. 

From the Phoenician era, where the Lebanese were esteemed as masters of the wine trade in the Mediterranean, to the construction of magnificent temples to the wine god Bacchus during Roman times, Lebanon has a storied relationship with viticulture. In the modern era, the renowned reputation of Lebanese wine is further enriched by the fact that it was at a wedding reception in Canaa, South Lebanon, where Jesus famously performed the miracle of turning water into wine, further cementing the country’s place in the annals of wine history.

In the world of winemaking, where tradition and innovation merge to create liquid art, the best wineries are those that craft exceptional wines while embracing the uniqueness of their terroirs and showcasing a dedication to the craft passed down through generations. Whether it’s the historic wineries with centuries of tradition, the cutting-edge estates combining modern techniques and ancient wisdom, or the hidden gems waiting to be discovered, these wineries all share a common commitment to excellence. Their vineyards tell stories, their cellars echo with time-honored wisdom, and their bottles hold the essence of the land from which they originate.

* The wineries have been listed without a specific order.


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