Wineries that preserve family secrets and quality from generation to generation are bringing a new dimension to tourism not only with their wines but also with their unique nature, activities and flavours. The successful wineries in the region, which the wind and soil grapes reach to taste, have been working with the same taste and quality for years. We explored the best wineries in the world.
Zuccardi Valle de Uco
Located at 1100 m above sea level in Argentina and set against the Andes Mountains, Zuccardi Winery offers its visitors an unforgettable experience both in terms of wine and architecture with its dome of steel reflecting the sky and 2 tasting areas next to barrels. Sebastián Zuccardi, representative of the 3rd generation of the wine-making family since 1960, explores the different subregions of the Uco Valley to find, in his own words, “not to seek perfect wines, but those that express the region.” Throughout the winemaking process, the focus is on preserving the region’s and the region’s influence on grapes. The restaurant Piedra Infinita Cocina, located at the factory, offers its guests a four-course seasonal and regional menu, as well as recommended wines for pairing.
Located in the Maldonado region of Uruguay, Bodega Garzón is a memorable destination for wine vineyard tourism. Founded in 2016 by Alejandro Bulgheroni, Bodega Garzón also provides its visitors with a unique experience with the menu Garzón restaurant by successful chef Francis Mallmann, which combines Patagonian cuisine and Patagonian barbecue methods. Some of the grape varieties might surprise you: although focused on Tannat, Garzón is one of the very few Albariño producers in the country. All of the wines characterized by the breezes of the Atlantic Ocean are made from sustainable grapes grown on the land. The entire operation is driven by the highest standards of both quality and sustainability. Indeed, Bodega Garzón has the distinction of being the first winery in the world to have earned leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for both winemaking and hospitality.
R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia
Located in the Rioja region of Spain, R. In López de Heredia Viña Tondonia, you can still feel the centuries-old family tradition. Known as Europe’s best Bond, R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia is famous for its length of ripening time before releasing wine; the present-day Tandonia Reserva Red is from 2006. Currently, Maria José López de Heredia proudly preserves the traditional vine and winemaking methods of previous generations, making wines with an unchanged personality for more than 140 years. With its large cask cellar and charming tasting room, traditions are kept in every area.
Quinta do Crasto
Located on the Right Bank of the Douro River in Portugal, between Régua and Pinhão, Quinta do Crasto offers its visitors a variety of dining and wine tasting activities. In 1981, with Fernando de Almeida’s daughter Leonor Roquette and her husband Jorge Roquette taking over the property, with the support of their sons Miguel and Tomás and daughter Rita, they began the process of making it one of the major family estates of the Douro region. The first references to Quinta do Crasto date back to 1615 before the Douro became the first wine region bordered in 1756. An incredible destination for wine travellers, Quinta do Crasto offers its visitors an extraordinary experience with its port wine range.
Bodega Catena Zapata
Bodega Catena Zapata is located in Argentina, South America. Nicolás Catena Zapata, the 3rd generation owner of the vineyard founded in 1902 by Italian immigrant Nicola Catena, was a pioneer of Malbec and high altitude winemaking at the same time, introducing European winemaking techniques to Argentina. The building is inspired by the Maya civilization and offers a unique experience with wines you can test directly from casks. Today, the wines of Catena Zapata are sourced from six historic vineyards: Angélica, La Pirámide, Nicasia, Domingo, Angélica Sur and Adrianna.