a decanter.com promotion After the international winners of the Best of Wine Tourism competition have been honored in Cape Town last November, the Italian section of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network has planned its official award ceremony to take place in Florence, on March 5th.
The 7 golden and the 6 silver winners will be presented to a selected audience, composed by media and institutional presence, in Palazzo Medici Riccardi, an important historical building once owned by the Medici family and now headquarters of Florence County Government, located in the very heart of the city center.
A group of specialized journalists will have a unique chance to visit all the excellent properties, and experience the best wine tourism offers during a 2 days educational tour, through the Tuscan countryside, to be held at the end of the event.
Florence Best of Wine Tourism Winners are:
Golden Best of – Relais Vignale
A 18th century farmhouse, perfectly restored respecting original architectural outline, which proposes a great variety of tourist offers.
Silver Best of – Villa Vignamaggio
Rooms and apartments particular setting located in the vintage palace and in the surrounding restored farms, where the customer receives particular attention.
Golden Best of – Castello di Brolio
Traditional Tuscan cuisine perfectly marries with a prestigious context; the food is finely prepared with local seasonal ingredients.
Silver Best of – Cantinetta Da Verrazzano
Cantinetta promotes Castello da Verrazzano products right in Florence city center, pairing them with bakery production, for tasty but fast and light lunches.
Golden Best of – Marchesi Mazzei – Fonterutoli
The new cellar is designed by the family architect Agnese Mazzei: an environmentally sustainable structure, studied to produce high quality wines.
Silver Best of – Castello di Vicchiomaggio
The castle is National museum, some of its parts dating back to 8th century, and some to Renaissance, surrounded by a wonderful panoramic garden.
Golden Best of – Villa di Petriolo
Among Tuscan hills, Villa Petriolo is selected for the annual literary competition, which discovers and promotes inedited pieces of work on wine culture subjects.
Silver Best of – Icario srl
The project Icario Arte joins the professional wine making to the exhibition of contemporary art pieces, into the modern structure of the winery.
Golden Best of – Wine station
Wine station is situated in Torrenieri, and it is an original train station used to introduce the visitor into the wine culture.
Silver Best of – Fattoria Le Sorgenti
The staff professionally brings tourists into the wine world, carrying them step by step from the discover of the soil to the tasting of the final product.
Golden Best of – Due&venti
A huge variety of unconventional services can be provided by this agency, to make your trip in Tuscany a really unique enogastronomic experience.
Silver Best of – Il treno del vino – tour operator
It matches the tourism assistance of a tour operator to the innovative Wine Station experience.
Golden Best of – Fattoria Poggio a Campoli
In this small winery the sustainable practices are focused on the rescue of endangered vineyards.
More information about the Best of Winners on www.greatwinecapitals.com