The winners of the 2024 Best Of Wine Tourism competition, organized by Porto within the framework of the Great Wine Capitals International Network, have been officially revealed. This exciting announcement occurred during the network's annual assembly last Thursday night in Lausanne, Switzerland.
This competition aims to reward excellence in wine tourism. The Best Of Wine Tourism Awards, which are celebrating their 20th edition this year, honor the best wine tourism projects from around the world, inspiring the wine industry to reach new heights of innovation and visitor experience.
The 2024 Winners
Wine Tourism Services - CAVES GRAHAM’S
The Graham's cellars, steeped in history and dating back to 1890, perch atop a hill in Vila Nova de Gaia, offering breathtaking vistas of the Douro River and Porto. These cellars stand as a crucial chapter in the brand's narrative, integral to the maturation of its distinguished wines.
A personalized journey awaits visitors, guided by an experienced guide through various spaces that encapsulate the essence of Port Wine's rich heritage: from the museum and the aging warehouse to the Vintage wine cellar, housing some of the finest Ports in history. The experience extends to the tasting room, offering panoramic views, the enticing store, and the splendid terrace, all contributing to an immersive exploration of Graham's winemaking legacy.
Wine Tourism Services - QUINTA DE SOALHEIRO
Soalheiro stands as the premier brand for Alvarinho wines, originating from Melgaço. Nestled in the heart of the Monção and Melgaço Valley within the Vinhos Verdes region, its prime location offers a varied wine tourism experience, all while preserving its familial character.
Embark on a journey to explore the northernmost reaches of Portugal, where a picturesque valley, embraced by mountains, cradles small plots of Alvarinho. Indulge in tastings of exquisite wines and unique infusions, uncover the secrets of the wine cellar and the Innovation Cave, meander through the lush vineyards, savor the diverse flavors of Minho cuisine, and retreat to the comfort of Casa das Infusões. At Soalheiro, every day is an opportunity to immerse yourself in a rich tapestry of experiences, guided by the essence of family tradition.
Art & Culture - CAVES COCKBURN’S
Cockburn’s warehouse stands as the largest in the historic quarter of Vila Nova de Gaia, sheltering an impressive collection of 6,518 barrels of maturing Port Wine beneath its expansive roof. Visitors to Cockburn’s Cellars are treated to a captivating display of traditional cooperage, where skilled craftsmen meticulously repair casks using age-old techniques and tools passed down through generations. This unique experience unfolds within the last remaining cooperage in the Port Wine cellars, offering a glimpse into a centuries-old artisanal tradition.
Beyond the immersive tour, guests at Cockburn’s have the delightful opportunity to savor a picnic on the charming patio, creating memorable moments in the heart of this historic setting. Additionally, tastings are curated to perfection, with each wine expertly paired with the finest complements, ensuring a sensory journey through the rich heritage of Cockburn’s Port Wines.
Accommodation - QUINTA NOVA DE NOSSA SENHORA DO CARMO
Quinta Nova Winery House, boasting just 11 intimate rooms, beckons those seeking a tranquil retreat, where the pace slows, and the pleasures of great wines and exquisite cuisine redefine the culinary landscape of the Douro. As the sole property in the region bearing the distinguished Relais & Châteaux brand, a stay at Quinta Nova Winery House is akin to immersing oneself in the ambiance of a stately manor surrounded by an awe-inspiring landscape stretching 1.5 km along the Douro River.
The comfort found in both the interior and exterior spaces, the carefully preserved historical heritage, and meticulously crafted experiences all contribute to creating an atmosphere that exudes the serenity of this unique locale. Nestled within an immense valley of schist walls adorned with vineyards and embraced by the soothing river, it epitomizes the essence of "slow living."
Complementary programs enrich the Quinta Nova experience, inviting guests to feel and embrace the true spirit of the Douro. From vineyard tours and picturesque picnics to personalized tastings and themed activities centered around wine, there's something for every enthusiast. One standout experience is the "Winemaker for a Day," offering a glimpse into the art of creating blended wines—a key element in the success of Portuguese wines. Alternatively, guests can embark on an unforgettable boat trip on the Douro, further deepening their connection to this enchanting region.
Wine Tourism Restaurants - RESTAURANTE SEIXO BY VASCO COELHO SANTOS
Seixo by Vasco Coelho Santos, nestled within Sogrape's prestigious winery at the heart of the Douro Valley in Sandeman Quinta do Seixo, stands as the company's latest culinary venture—a harmonious blend of comfort and tradition infused with flavors and emotion.
Guided by the culinary expertise of Michelin-starred Chef Vasco Coelho Santos from Euskalduna Group, and in collaboration with Miguel Moreira from Parque da Penha, Seixo by Vasco Coelho Santos is a gastronomic haven that encapsulates the essence of memory and regional flavors. This unique partnership with Sogrape creates a remarkable dining experience against the backdrop of breathtaking views over the Douro River and the century-old vineyards of Sandeman.
At Seixo, patrons are invited to unwind and savor the finest cuisine and wine the region has to offer, all without the constraints of time—a culinary journey that seamlessly merges the best of the Douro with a touch of tranquility and delight.
Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices - SIX SENSES DOURO VALLEY
Nestled in the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage-listed Douro Valley, Six Senses Douro Valley occupies the historic 19th-century accommodation, originally named Quinta Vale de Abraão. Featuring 71 guest rooms, the property seamlessly blends contemporary interiors with the timeless charm of its heritage, a perfect reflection of both the region's history and Six Senses' design ethos.
At the core of Six Senses, Douro Valley has a deep commitment to sustainability, influencing every aspect of its daily operations. The entire team is dedicated to minimizing negative impacts and fostering positive regional outcomes. This commitment is realized through strategic partnerships and the creation of opportunities for guests to actively participate in sustainability initiatives, allowing them to engage with the ethos of Six Senses in promoting environmental responsibility and community well-being.
Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences - THE WINE SCHOOL (WOW)
The Wine School at WOW hosts regular workshops and wine tastings tailored for the inquisitive wine enthusiast, connoisseurs, and industry professionals alike. Crafted to provide informative and practical sessions, the Wine School serves as the perfect environment to delve into the world of wine. Participants not only gain comprehensive insights into Portuguese wines but also acquire a broader understanding of wines globally.
For those seeking a more personalized experience, the Wine School offers exclusive and customized tasting sessions featuring exceptional wines in a private setting. These tastings can be tailored to individual preferences and interests. Additionally, walk-in tastings are available, providing a casual and accessible way for individuals to explore and appreciate a diverse array of wines. Whether you're a novice or an aficionado, the Wine School at WOW offers a rich and inclusive learning experience for all wine enthusiasts.