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Rioja to host World’s Best Vineyards 2023

The World’s Best Vineyards list is back in 2023 and will be hosted by Rioja, Spain’s finest wine region.

Showcasing the very best of wine tourism across the globe, the annual World’s Best Vineyards list is to be revealed at a live event hosted in Rioja in July.

The Rioja region is known as the gastronomic heartland of Spain and offers guests culinary experiences from pincho tours to haute cuisine, fine dining and everything in between.

Situated in the north of Spain on the banks of the River Ebro, Rioja spans 65,000 hectares and is home to more than 600 wineries from world-famous, award-winning destinations with avant-garde architecture to small family-run historical establishments.

Preserved generation after generation, each one has something unique to offer guests making it the perfect destination to celebrate this year’s World’s Best Vineyards.

The World’s Best Vineyards annual list highlights the top vineyards to visit globally and aims to promote wine tourism around the world.

Each year the list showcases unique vineyards with unrivalled visitor experiences, from modern architectural wonders, UNESCO-protected ancient cellars, and Michelin-starred restaurants to family-run wineries with intimate tours.

The Voting Academy consists of over 500 leading wine experts, sommeliers and travel experts and they submit their nominations based on the different criteria that make the best destination vineyard, including quality of the overall experience, ambiance, cuisine, activities, views, staff, and value for money.

The results are then collated and converted into the annual World’s Best Vineyards list.

“It is an honour to host the prestigious World’s Best Vineyards 2023 event and a great opportunity to show the world why Rioja is Spain’s finest wine region,” says Fernando Ezquerro, President of Denominacion de Origen Calificada Rioja.

“Rioja’s history and traditions have led it to establish itself not only as the leading winemaking region in Spain, but also as the country’s go-to destination for wine tourism, which has had a driving effect on the recovery and diversification of tourism in Spain.

“Our passion for hospitality and wine making makes Rioja such a special place to visit.”

For more information on the World’s Best Vineyards, click here.

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