The competition, organised by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network, now moves onto the worldwide stage with the International Best Of awards on 4th November in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The winners of the 2011 Gold Best Of awards announced in Bordeaux are:
Château La Louvière – Architecture, Parks & Gardens
Château La Louvière has been a listed Historic Monument since 1991. It provides an exceptional setting for meetings, cocktails, business meals, prestigious receptions and other events.
The estate boasts a park with century-old trees, a main courtyard opening onto the façade of the18th century chateau as well as the cloisters room (150 m²) with its lovely stone walls.
Château Paloumey – Art & Culture
Since 1990, art has found a home at Paloumey. The château exhibits paintings and sculptures from various artists once or twice a year. During private viewings, art lovers can discover new works and share their emotions. The property opens its doors to visitors all year round and cultivates the marriage of art & wine around a tasting of Château Paloumey.
Château Franc Mayne – Accommodation
In the heart of a prestigious vineyard, Château Franc Mayne, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé, welcomes guests with a promise of relaxation and discovery with nine beautifully appointed rooms, each with their own individual atmosphere. Guests can also make use of a billiards room and a natural swimming pool. The Château also provides a professional service organising gala dinners all year round.
Château Pichon Longueville – Events organisation
The château hosts business cocktails, seminars, lunches and dinners for up to 70 people in its new reception rooms and park.
For special occasions, from June to September, Château Pichon-Longueville can organise unforgettable events for up to 350 people in the barrel cellar.
Château Grand Corbin Despagne – Wine Tourism Promotion of Sustainable Practices
Château Grand Corbin-Despagne uses sustainable farming practices across the whole vineyard.
Tours of the estate aim to highlight the different stages of the evolution of vine and the creation of wine in a natural environment.
Gens d’Estuaire – Discovery & Innovation
The agency “Gens d’Estuaire” (Estuary People) has developed a range of tourist services on the estuary and the islands of the Gironde which combine sailing, leisure, culture, food and accommodation, with close attention paid to quality and tradition. Wine cruises are organised from June to September with the involvement of professionals (winegrowers, guides, etc.) including wine tastings.
This year a Best Of Special Jury Award was presented to Château de Bonhoste
Renowned for its 19th century former stone quarry, now the ageing cellar, Château de Bonhoste hosts a number of activities (farm markets, gourmet picnics, guided tours of the vineyard and the cellar, etc.).
About Great Wine Capitals Global Network
Founded in 1999, the Great Wine Capitals Global Network is an alliance of nine internationally renowned wine regions – Bordeaux, France; Cape Town, South Africa; Christchurch-South Island, New Zealand; Florence, Italy; Mainz-Rheinhessen, Germany; Mendoza, Argentina; Porto, Portugal; Bilbao-Rioja, Spain and San Francisco-Napa Valley, USA. The international 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.