The international network of ten major cities in the northern and southern hemispheres was founded in 1999. The aim is to promote travel, education and business contacts between renowned wine capitals through the exchange of information, knowledge and experience. In addition, we want to work together on our own exclusivity and increase our own wine-cultural identity.
Through tour operators from each city, food and wine routes are developed to facilitate travel between regions. Special conferences will be held parallel to the annual general meetings. The annual "Best Of Wine Tourism Awards" awards wineries from member cities that excel in art and culture sustainable Highlight wine tourism.
The member cities are Adelaide (South Australia), Bilbao ( Rioja, Spain), Bordeaux ( Bordeaux, France), Lausanne ( Vaud, Switzerland), Mainz ( Rheinhessen, Germany), Mendoza ( Mendoza, Argentina), postage ( Douro, Portugal), San Francisco ( Napa Valley, California), Valparaiso (Casablanca Valley, Chile ) and Verona ( Veneto, Italy). The Austrian capital Wien is not a member, but counts due to over 600 hectares of vineyards within the city limits to the most important wine cities in the world.
In this context, the competition World's Best Vineyards in order to promote the wine tourism to mention. The 50 best wineries in the world were determined. The evaluation criteria were not only the wine-specific services of the winery, but also the landscape environment, the accessibility, the architecture and (if available), the service in terms of hotel, restaurant and event management.