A decanter.com promotion. Great Wine Capitals Global Network announces the San Franisco | Napa Valley 2016 Regional Best of Wine Tourism Award winners. North American innovators receive accolades for excellence in wine tourism.

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As one of eight recognized Great Wine Capitals, San Francisco | Napa Valley has awarded its hospitality leaders the 2016 Best Of Wine Tourism regional designations in seven categories.

The Best Of awards categories include accommodations; art and culture; architecture and landscape; innovative wine tourism experience; sustainable wine tourism practices; wine tourism restaurant; and wine tourism services.  These awards were presented at on October 26, 2016 at HALL St. Helena, the 2015 Best of Global Winner for San Francisco | Napa Valley.

The 2016 Best Of Regional San Francisco | Napa Valley winners are:

Accommodation: Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer
This idyllic resort in St. Helena welcomes a new restaurant, Harvest Table, led by Master Sommelier and Director of Operations Steven Geddes. Many of the hotel packages feature a wine element to round out offerings, they partner with local wineries, and having “Bind Vine” tastings at the restaurant.

Architecture & Landscape: Quixote Winery
As the only building designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser in the United States, the space is at once iconic and awe-inspiring. Quixote Winery is a reflection of Hundertwasser’ s belief in organic architecture—design that mimics nature and flows seamlessly into its surrounding habitat.

Art & Culture: Jamieson Ranch Vineyards
They recently introduced “Fresh Coat,” an art installation of graffiti art from prominent urban artists. Fresh coat features art murals from over 10 of the most influential street artists and also has a community aspect to it. Aldea Family Services’ Art Therapy program participated and created one of the murals.

Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences: Tamber Bey Vineyards
At Tamber Bey guests are welcomed to a 22-acre world-class equestrian ranch and winery. Guests are treated to a 60 minute tasting with a dedicated host to share information about the wines, tell the story of Tamber Bey, and introduce them to some of their top performance horses on the property.

Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices: Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery
Spottswoode has farmed 100% organically since 1985 and in 1992 earned CCOF organic certification. Spottswoode contributes 1% of gross revenue to environmental organizations and helped restore Napa Valley’s Spring Creek. Spottswoode has solar arrays offsetting a recently installed Tesla electric-vehicle charging station and 75% of the winery’s agricultural needs, with plans to reach 100%.

Wine Tourism Restaurant: Luce at the Inter Continental San Francisco
The Michelin-star Luce showcases modern American cuisine and features a menu reflecting the surrounding farms. The 400-label wine list highlights Old and New World wine with emphasis on California. Luce has been honored with a Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence” since 2010.

Wine Tourism Services: CellarPass
CellarPass is the premiere online destination for booking winery tours, tastings and tickets for special events. Locally owned and operated in Napa Valley, their professional staff provide expert tips for visiting wine country.  Guests make reservations with wineries easily online and may use CellarPass’ live concierge service for custom curated itineraries.

An additional level of recognition – The Regional Wine Tourism Award of Merit – has been awarded to two businesses as an honorable mention recognizing a high level of commitment to wine tourism. The 2016 Regional Wine Tourism Award of Merit San Francisco | Napa Valley winners are:

•    Architecture and Landscape – Artesa Vineyards and Winery
•    Wine Tourism Restaurant – The Conservatory Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

An international Best Of award is presented to one wine tourism business within each region that is deemed best in class across all ten Great Wine Capitals by an international jury.

All regional Best Of award winners will move forward to compete for the global awards, which will be judged by an international panel of respected wine tourism professionals and presented at the annual general meeting of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network, to be held in November 2015 in Bilbao and Rioja, Spain. The international judges will choose one overall winner for each region, selecting from the seven regional “Best of” title-holders.

About the Great Wine Capitals Global Network
Founded in 1999, the Great Wine Capitals Global Network is an alliance of eight internationally renowned wine regions – Bordeaux, France; Cape Town, South Africa; Mainz|Rheinhessen, Germany; Mendoza, Argentina; Porto, Portugal; Bilbao|Rioja, Spain, San Francisco|Napa Valley, USA and Valparaiso|Casablanca Valley in Chile.
The Best Of Wine Tourism awards serve as an industry benchmark for excellence and recognize leading wineries and wine-tourism related businesses within each Great Wine Capital that have distinguished themselves in areas such as innovation, service and sustainable practices. For more information visit www.greatwinecapitals.com.