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One Kiwi winery named in World’s Best Vineyards 2023


The top 50 list of the World’s Best Vineyards have been announced for 2023, with Central Otago’s Rippon the only Kiwi inclusion at number 11.

The announcement was made in Rjoja, Spain, with Argentina’s Catena Zapata in Mendoza taking out the number one spot.

Catena Zapata in Mendoza

Catena Zapata was founded in 1902 and is known for its pioneering role in reinventing Malbec.

Rioja’s Bodegas de los Herederos del Marqués de Riscal – with its futuristic architecture and impressive setting – came in second place and Chilean vineyard, VIK, jumped one place to third.

The extensive list showcases the very best of wine tourism, highlighting the world’s finest and diverse vineyards across the globe.

Argentina populated this year’s list with three vineyards in the top 10, whilst there were 23 vineyards from Europe and France had the highest overall number of wineries with nine in the top 50.

New Zealand’s Craggy Range was named in the top 50 from 2019-2021 but fell out of the list in 2022.

Rippon has also consistently been named in the top 50, apart from in 2022.

“The World’s Best Vineyards continues to highlight wine tourism destinations around the globe and with an impressive list of new entries this year, it’s more important than ever,” says Andrew Reed, Managing Director Wine and Exhibitions at William Reed.

The top 15 in the World’s Best Vineyards 2023 list are:

The Top 20 World’s Best Vineyards for 2023 are:

  1. Catena Zapata – Mendoza, Argentina
  2. Bodegas de los Herederos del Marques de Riscal – Spain
  3. VIK – Chile
  4. Creation – South Africa
  5. Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte – France
  6. Bodega Garzon – Uruguay
  7. Montes –Chile
  8. Schloss Johannisberg – Germany
  9. Bodegas Salentein – Argentina
  10. El Enemigo Wines – Argentina
  11. Rippon – New Zealand
  12. Weingut Dr. Loosen – Germany
  13. Finca Victoria, Durigutti Family Winemakers – Argentina
  14. Domäne Wachau – Austria
  15. Quinta do Crasto – Portugal

For the full list, click here.

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