Best of Mendoza’s Wine Tourism 2014

Best of Mendoza's Wine Tourism 2014

As one of the ten greatest wine regions in the world, Mendoza has lots to be proud of. Accordingly, industry individuals and organisations gathered together to celebrate what makes this particular region so special at the Best of Mendoza’s Wine Tourism Awards 2014 early in October. This particular awards gala was established by Great Wine Capitals in order to showcase innovation and excellence, something that Mendoza has in abundance.

With a record number of applications (70) this year, there was a strong crowd at the Intercontinental Hotel eager to hear whether they had been selected for a prestigious award. As the attendees gathered and dignitaries arrived, it was time to start the ceremony.

One of the most exciting features of this year’s event, as explained by Mendoza’s Minister of Tourism Javier Espina, is that each winner would receive both national and international exposure in numerous Hyatt hotels. At selected hotels around the world, there will be a “Mendoza Wines and Experiences” notice, showcasing what the region has to offer.

What’s more, each and every Gold winner will be put forward for the “Global Gold” award, set to be selected this November in the Napa Valley, United States. However, competition will be strong, as 56 winners from the other Great Wine Capitals including Bilbao, Bordeaux, Cape Town, Christchurch, Firenze, Mainz, Mendoza, Porto and San Francisco are also in contention.

The winners:

Restaurant:

Gold: Bodega Ruca Malén – Established in 1999, Bodega Ruca Malén aims to produce wine with style, elegance and distinction. Its restaurant, featuring a fixed five-course menu that matches its brands of wine, took home this year’s Gold award.

Silver: Entre Fuegos, de Bodega Lagarde; Bronze: La Vid, de Bodega Norton

Architecture and Landscapes:

Gold: Bodegas Los Toneles – Inspired by the Industrial Revolution, the buildings and architecture at Los Toneles pay tribute to Argentina’s Golden Era of wine making. Built in 1922 and situated just minutes from the city centre, the winery is now one of Mendoza’s Cultural Heritage locations.

Silver: Bodega Renacer; Bronze: Bodega Atamisque

Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices:

Gold: Bodega Navarro Correas – After releasing its 2010 vintage, Bodega Navarro Correas made efforts to improve its environmental performance. This included using less water, less energy and minimising waste. Thanks to these measures, it was selected as the most efficient and sustainable bodegas in the competition.

Silver: Bodega Alpamanta

Art and Culture:

Gold: Casa Antucurá – Alongside fantastic views across the vineyards and Andes Mountains, visitors to Casa Antucurá can marvel at a Ceverino mural, Roggerone dome, Chiavazza sculptures and Thorman paintings. The cultural experience doesn’t end there though, this beautiful boutique hotel also has one of the largest book collections in Mendoza.

Silver: Monteviejo Rock

Innovative Wine Tourism Experience:

Gold: Master of Food and Wine – Park Hyatt Mendoza – This unique four day event, which takes place in May each year, enables tourists to get up close and personal with the best food and wine on offer in Mendoza. Attendees also took part in tasting sessions at some of the region’s finest bodegas and learnt how wine and food goes hand-in-hand.

Silver: Bodega Norton; Bronze: Clos de los 7

Wine Tourism Services:

Gold: Josefina Rosner – Wine Communication – Josefina Rosner Wine, Web And Communication produces various publications and resources for tourists, most notably a wine map of the bodegas and vineyards around Mendoza. Divided into wine regions and valleys, these maps contain a great deal of information for tourists looking to explore the region.

Silver: Intercontinental Wine Expo; Bronze: MDZ Wine Tours

Small Winery:

Gold: Pulenta Estate – Although Pulenta Estate was established just over ten years ago, the family has been involved in Argentine viticulture for three generations. Its 135 hectare-vineyard based in Luján de Cuyo focuses on exclusive production while constantly caring for the natural surroundings.

Silver: Tempus Alba; Bronze: Achaval Ferrer

Accommodation:

Gold: Entre Cielos – Transferring Alpine values to the foothills of the Andes, Entre Cielos was founded by a group of Swiss wine enthusiasts in 2009. In addition to distinctive interior styling, the hotel also features contemporary architecture amid beautiful scenery.

Silver: Hotel Fuentemayor; Bronze: Algodon Wine Estates

By Christopher Davies

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