The international network of ten major cities in the northern and southern hemisphere was founded in 1999. The aim is to promote travel, education and business contacts between renowned wine metropolises through the exchange of information, knowledge and experience. In addition, they want to work together on their own exclusivity and increase their own wine-cultural identity.
Tour operators from each city develop gastronomy and wine routes to make traveling between regions easier. Specialist conferences take place parallel to the annual general meetings. The annual competition “Best Of Wine Tourism 'Awards” honors wineries in the member cities that stand out for their excellence 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 is one of the most important wine towns in the world due to its more than 600 hectares of vineyards within the city limits.
In this context there is competition World's Best Vineyards to promote the wine tourism to mention. The 50 best wineries in the world were identified. The evaluation criteria were not only the wine-specific services of the winery, but also the landscape, the accessibility, the architecture and (if available), the service regarding the hotel, restaurant and event management.