This is the GWC’s 9th Best of Wine Tourism Competition and the 6 winners of the Golden Best Of awards handed out this year in Bordeaux will compete for the International Grand Prize on 27th October in Mainz, Germany.
The 6 winners were:
Château Soutard, Grand Cru Saint Emilion: The 2012 Best Of Wine Tourism Awards: Architecture, Parks and Gardens
The vineyards, chai, cellars, orangerie and kitchens are open to visitors with the opportunities to become a wine maker for a day, to visit the vines by moonlight or to create a recipe with the chef and to choose a wine to accompany it with the help of the sommelier.
Château Haut-Sarpe, Grand Cru Saint Emilion : The 2012 Best Of Wine Tourism Awards: Art and Culture
The château was built in the 16th century and modelled on Petit Trianon at Versailles and its magnificent park and gardens of three hectares are home to many cultural events. Visitors can see an exhibition of sculptures in the park and there Flour Mill Museum with the only remaining 18th century restored windmill in Saint Emilion.
Château Siaurac, Lalande de Pomerol: The 2012 Best Of Wine Tourism Awards: Discovery and Innovation
Siaurac offers a wide range of innovative and original visits which include discovery tours, gourmet tours, participatory workshops, events and workshops for children, bags of surprises.
Chateau Lavergne Dulong: The 2012 Best Of Wine Tourism Awards: Accommodation
Located between Bordeaux and Saint Emilion, Lavergne-Dulong, has 4 guest rooms and visitors can enjoy the vineyards and winery which make Bordeaux Superieur wines, the pool and the table d’hote.
Château d’Agassac, Medoc: The 2012 Best of Wine Tourism Awards: Organisation of Special Events
Château d’Agassac is a splendid fairy tale Château dating back to feudal times in the 14th century located in Ludon. Surrounded by vineyards and a beautiful 2-hectare park d’Agassac organises large-scale events.
Château de Rouillac, Pessac Leognan: The 2012 Best of Wine Tourism Awards: Wine Tourism With a Positive Environmental Impact
Chateau de Rouillac is an estate of 36 hectares with a history forever linked with the Baron Haussmann who owned the property during the 19th Century. During this time the Emperor Napoleon III often spent his holidays at the château. Recently bought by Laurent Cisneros in January 2010, horses have been brought back into the vineyard and the stables returned to their former splendour.