Earlier this month, the Great Wine Capitals Global Network announced the 2024 Best of Wine Tourism awards for Bordeaux.
This year’s eight winners (see below), selected from 23 finalists, were announced at a ceremony in the Bordeaux CCI’s building on the Place de la Bourse.
The winners highlight just how open Bordeaux now is, and not just for classic cellar visits. Eclectic initiatives show how innovative winemakers are being in sharing their world. It’s also a great network for the winners to exchange and share ideas on wine tourism, innovation, education and sustainable development.
Winners from all regions across the seven categories (Architecture & Landscape, Art & Culture, Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences, Wine Tourism Restaurants, Accommodation, Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices and Wine Tourism Services), as well as a surprise jury selection, will compete in the international final in Lausanne next month (November). In addition, the winners will compete for a yet to be decided People’s Choice Award, which is voted for online by the public.
Created in 1999 by the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) to reward innovative wine tourism, the network now includes 12 ‘wine cities’ worldwide: Adelaide (South Australia), Bilbao/Rioja (Spain), Cape Town/Cape Winelands (South Africa), Hawke’s Bay (New Zealand), Lausanne (Switzerland), Mainz/Rheinhessen (Germany), Mendoza (Argentina), Porto (Portugal), San Francisco/Napa Valley (US), Valparaiso/Casablanca Valley (Chile) and Verona (Italy).
The network is a partner of the Porto Protocol Foundation, and is also one of the founders of the Sustainable Wine Roundtable. Furthermore, it has a web portal which matches exchange and internship requests, in addition to offers in the wine and tourism industry across the regions.
Awards & Winners
Architecture & Landscape
Won by Château Montlabert in St-Emilion, with its tree-lined drive and white rose garden behind the neoclassical 18th century chartreuse.
1 Lieu-dit Montlabert, 33330 St-Emilion
Art & Culture
This category went to cru bourgeois Château Castera in the Médoc. Every year, Castera invites a contemporary artist to create and show works at its Castera Expose.
Rue du Bourg, 33340 St-Germain d’Esteuil
Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences
St-Emilion Grand Cru, Château Rol Valentin, won the prize with its Verre-Tigineux tasting, a masterclass in how the shape and size of the glass changes our tasting experience.
2 Lieu-dit Bel Air, 33330 St-Etienne de Lisse
In the Graves de Vayres, winner Château Fage, La Maison des Vignes opened in 2021 as an elegant and modern 26-room, four-star hotel. A long, sunny terrace runs along the lap pool in the vines, Close to St-Emilion, it’s a great base for wine tours.
Lieu-dit Fage, 33500 Arveyres
Wine Tourism Restaurants
Château Malartic-Lagraviere in Pessac-Léognan won the title this year. It is known for its gastronomy, offering everything from chic picnics in the park to cooking lessons with the chef and elegant lunches in the beautiful chateau, sharing its inspiration via the Les Quatre Saisons de Malartic cookbook.
43 Avenue de Mont de Marsan, 33850 Léognan
Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices
Château Mauvinon in St-Emilion explains its biodynamic philosophy from the Nichoir de Mauvinon, a terrace high above the vines. With a glass of organic wine, guests can join in the local wildlife headcount which is increased by the nesting boxes installed in the vines.
217 Mauvinon, 33330 St-Sulpice de Faleyrens
Wine Tourism Services
A pioneer of wine tourism in Margaux, third growth Château Giscours took this title due to the diversity of its experiences. The spectacular château opens its doors and dining room for intimate tastings and farm-to-table meals at La Table de Giscours, sourcing products from its home farm and kitchen garden. In contrast, La Ferme Suzanne welcomes up to…
Source : https://www.decanter.com/wine-news/bordeaux-best-of-wine-tourism-awards-2024-514206/