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Friday 2 June 2023

The most beautiful vineyard destination in the world?

Is this the most beautiful vineyard in the world?  

One travel agency thinks so. And while regular readers will know of my disdain for the ever-increasing torrent of wine and tourism awards, I can confirm that Boschendal in South Africa's Western Cape is indeed a spectacular destination. 

For anyone fancying a journey to one of the best destinations for enjoying wine, the travel agency CV Villas recently released a new rankings list of the world’s top 20 wine regions, as well as its most beautiful vineyards.

As with all such lists, there is plenty of room for debate, but here are the best destinations on this one list. 

The top wine destinations are Champagne and Côtes de Provence in France, followed closely by Napa Valley, California in third place. Rounding out the top five were Bolgheri in Italy and Stellenbosch in South Africa. 

The rankings were determined by which region was home to the highest-ranked and best-reviewed bottles of wine sold on the online marketplace Vivino.

When it comes to the world’s most beautiful vineyards, a different set of factors were considered - including Instagram images. 

So not so scientific. 

The most aesthetically pleasing winery in the world was is Boschendal, followed by Penfolds Magill Estate in the suburbs of Adelaide. 

Located between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, Boschendal is one of South Africa's oldest wine estates - dating back to 1685. 

The US claimed the world’s third-most beautiful vineyard with Castello di Amorosa in California, ahead of  Donnafugata Marsala in Sicily, Italy, and Catena Zapata in Mendoza, Argentina. I'm happy to have visited three of the top five. 

Seppeltsfield in the Barossa was 27th, with Craggy Range in New Zealand 28th. 

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