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Mendoza 2017 ‘Best of Wine Tourism’ awards feature ecology and innovation

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Mendoza provincial governor Alfredo Cornejo and Gabriela Testa, president of Emetur (Mendoza Turismo) presided over Mendoza’s 2017 Best Of Wine Tourism awards ceremony held at the Ángel Bustelo Auditorium on September 27. The event was widely attended by local and regional officials and representatives of the Mendoza wine trade....

Mendoza Best of Wine Tourism awards 2017

Mendoza honoured three finalists in each category with gold, silver and bronze awards. The gold award winners will compete with the winners from the other Great Wine Capitals at the international awards ceremony in Porto (Portugal) on November 10.

Mendoza’s gold award winners for 2017 are:

Architecture and Landscapes: Familia Zuccardi

The Zuccardi family estate in the Uco Valley was recognized for its vineyards (Piedra Infinita, Canal Uco, Los Membrillos, San Pablo and Gualtallary) located against the spectacular backdrop of the Andres mountains as well as for the design of its new winery, made with natural materials to blend harmoniously with the landscape.

Wine Tourism Services: Diplomatic Luxury Wines

Diplomatic Luxury Wines is an unprecedented event at the Hotel Diplomatic in Mendoza offering visitors the best wines from Argentina with 20 food pairing options created especially for the wines.

Accommodation: Rossel Böher

The Rosell Böher Lodge, near Luján de Cuyo, south of Mendoza, offers luxury accommodations surrounded by the vineyards of Cavas Boher, Argentina’s premier producer of ‘méthode traditionelle’ sparkling wines. The Guest House, which can be used as accommodation or for private functions, has four luxury rooms, while the ‘Casas de Viñas’, as its name implies, are three lodges in the middle of the vineyards.

Art & Culture: Monteviejo

Monteviejo, in Tunuyán in the Uco Valley is one of the Clos de los Siete wineries. In addition to winery tours and wine tastings, visitors can enjoy wine and food pairings with the sommelier and innovative wine and music experiences featuring tango classes, Argentine folklore and jazz and wine with a local musician.

Wine Tourism Restaurants: Los Toneles

Los Toneles took home this award for its restaurant ‘Abrasado’ featuring meat, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, spices and wine from the winery’s land. The dry aged beef is refrigerated at 1-3ºC at 50-70% humidity and a constant flow of air, guaranteeing great taste and texture.

Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences: Renacer

At Renacer – ‘To be reborn’ in Spanish, the wine tourism experience created by the Reich family, born in Chile but based in Argentina, features the malbec grape, originally from southwestern France but brought to Argentina in the mid-19th century. Among the activities with the winemaking staff is the possibility for visitors to make and bottle their own blend. The winery is available for private functions such as christenings, weddings, birthday parties and business meetings. At Renacer, visitors will learn about ‘Enamore’, a unique brand in Argentinacreated by Italian winemaker Alberto Antonini, where malbec, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and bonarda grapes are partially shriveled by the sun and wind, to be vinified, aged in oak and bottled.

Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices: Verallia

Verallia is one of the world’s three leading producers of glass containers for the wine and food industries. Its ECOVA line features ecologically produced bottles and jars manufactured using reduced amounts of fossil fuels with low gas emissions, light weight and the use of recycled glass.

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 – Adelaide, South Australia; Bordeaux, France; Cape Town, South Africa; Mainz|Rheinhessen, Germany; Mendoza, Argentina; Porto, Portugal; Bilbao|Rioja, Spain and San Francisco|Napa Valley, USA. The Best Of Wine Tourism awards are an industry benchmark for excellence, recognising 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.

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