Great Wine Capitals’ Best of Tourism Awards, Bordeaux, France

by Paige Donner

Founded 20 years ago by Catherine Leparmentier (@https://twitter.com/Cath_Leparm) in association with the CCI Bordeaux (Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce acting in conjunction with City Hall), Great Wine Capitals celebrated their wins this year in Bordeaux. The last time the week-long conference, topped by a Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, was celebrated in Bordeaux was 9 years ago.

Gala Dinner Jacques Olivier Pesme and Catherine Leparmentier at Gala Dinner GWC 2019 Brdx photo copyright Paige Donner IMG_3258

Pictured on Right, Catherine Leparmentier, Founder of Great Wine Capitals

The concept of this Best of Wine Tourism awards is to hold the government-private partnerships working meetings and vineyard visits in a different Wine Capital each year.

There are 10 member city/wine regions in the Great Wine Capitals organization, of which Bordeaux, a region known both for its wines, its legendary surrounding vineyards and its beautiful city, is the founding member. The following are current members and each region was competing for an award in various categories pertaining to wine tourism and experiential wine visits.

*Le Réseau des Capitales de Grands Vignobles/Great Wine Capitals réunit Adelaïde / South Australia (Australie), Bilbao/Rioja (Espagne), Bordeaux (France), Lausanne (Suisse), Mainz/Rheinhessen (Allemagne), Mendoza (Argentine), Porto (Portugal), San Francisco/Napa Valley (Etats-Unis), Valparaiso/Casablanca Valley (Chili) et Vérone (Italie). 

The winners, announced at the Gala Dinner held at the Palais de la Bourse on Thursday evening, November 7th, were the following:

Great Wine Capitals Gala CeremonyDancers photo by Paige Donner copyright 2019 IMG_3277Gala Dinner GWC 2019 Winners Brdx photo copyright Paige Donner IMG_3267

 

2020 Great Wine Capitals Winners:  Read Entire Post and See Photos on BordeauxFoodAndWine.com @BordeauxFoodVin

 

Best of Wine Tourism – Gironde 


ARCHITECTURE ET PAYSAGES  (Architecture and Landscape)
Le Cloître des Cordeliers (or)

Château de Camarsac
Château Tour Saint ChristopheART ET CULTURE  (Art and Culture)

Château Malromé (or)
Château la Dominique
Château de FerrandVALORISATION PRATIQUES ENVIRONNEMENTALES (Environmentally responsible/sustainable practices) 
Vignerons de Tutiac (or)
Château Angludet
Château d’EyranHEBERGEMENT A LA PROPRIETE (Lodging on-site at the wine estate)

Château Pont Saint-Martin (or)
Château Malescasse
Château Pape Clément
RESTAURATION A LA PROPRIETE (On-site restaurant) 
Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey (or)
Château Malartic-LagravièreDECOUVERTE ET INNOVATION (Innovative ways to discover the property)
Château de La Dauphine (or) et International BOWT
Château de Reignac
Château la Tour Blanche
Château de SeguinSERVICES OENOTOURISTIQUES (Wine tourism services) 

Château Larrivet Haut-Brion (or)
Camping Saint-Emilion
Tendance SudCOUP DE CŒUR : (Honorary winner for)
Château la Fleur de Boüard

Château de La Dauphine sacré International Best Of Wine Tourism 2020
A l’occasion de la 17ème Nuit des Best Of Wine Tourism, une édition extraordinaire pour le 20ème anniversaire de Great Wine Capitals, le Château de La Dauphine a non seulement remporté un trophée d’or, mais il a également reçu le grand prix international. Ces prix récompensent l’expérience unique proposée aux visiteurs : une immersion dans l’art de vivre à la française à bord d’une 2 CV comprenant une « Visite Patrimoine » qui débute dans le parc du château. Le guide dévoile l’histoire de la propriété et de Fronsac avant de mettre le cap vers le vignoble, puis le « carrelet » en bordure de la Dordogne et la truffière. C’est sur le plus haut coteau que les visiteurs peuvent déguster trois divins breuvages accompagnés de gourmandises locales : lamproie, beurre à la truffe, magret séché, fromage de brebis basque et cannelés.

Chateau de La Dauphine won for the International Best of Wine Tourism 2020 category BIG this year. They won not only the Gold but also the Grand Prize International.   

Chateau de la Dauphine was awarded for their immersive 2CV (French style vintage Citroen car) a Grand Heritage tour around their Fronsac vineyards, topped by a  ride along the Dordogne River with a stop at one of the traditional fishing huts or ‘carrelet’ emblematic of the region then finishing with a stop at their truffle gardens. 

chateau-dauphine.com/

For the INTERNATIONAL WINNERS of Great Wine Capitals, Best of Wine Tourism:
There were 467 Total Entrants
67 Winners from Around the Globe
Over the past 20 years, 5073 companies have entered the competition, with 765 properties receiving an award so far.

2020 Great Wine Capitals Winners:  Read Entire Post and See Photos on BordeauxFoodAndWine.com @BordeauxFoodVin

NEW This Year:  A People’s Choice Award
A noter que le public est maintenant appelé à décerner son « People’s Choice Award », en votant du 8 au 25 novembre prochain sur greatwinecapitals.com.
Voting open until November 25th. At the website above.

ALL Photos ©Paige Donner 2019  More on FoodWine.photography

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