“Our perception of the building at Waterkloof is changing as the surrounding landscape develops. We are so lucky to have won for two consecutive years - the canvas remains the same but the painting is in constant flux.”
Paul Boutinot of Waterkloof Wine Estate, winner 2013 Best Of Architecture and Landscapes, Cape Town I Cape Winelands
“We are extremely proud that The Gallery, The Cathedral and The Sculpture Garden at Grande Provence are recognised for showcasing a wide variety of art media by leading and emerging South African artists. The intention has always been to provide a platform for emerging artists to showcase their work. Art is a very large part of the Grande Provence experience which complements the fine cuisine, superb accommodation and award-winning wines.”
Karl Lambour - General Manager and Winemaker of The Historic Grande Heritage Wine Estate, Franshoek, Cape Town |South Africa
"The 2012 International Best Of Wine Tourism award on top of the local Best Of Wine Tourism award in Wine Tourism Services category have greatly highlighted our tourism activities and facilities. Since we received the award, we faced a significant increase in requests from events and incoming travel agencies asking for information about the estate and our services or booking our conference rooms for events. In a sector always more competitive, receiving a Best Of is considered as a label and a quality token in the wine tourism environment, both at regional and an international levels."
Emmanuelle Plougoulm, Tourism Services Manager, Château d’Agassac, category Wine Tourism Services and global winner.
“To participate in this contest led us to think about all we had achieved to display it in the most appropriate way. On top of the employees of the estate, all the people involved in the different areas of tourism activities at Atamisque, participated in the project. The trip to Germany was also a great experience that allowed us to discover all the know how to be found in other countries as well as the difficulty to compete. There was a wonderful atmosphere as often in the world of wine, that’s why I think it is very important to be able to share experiences with wineries within the Great Wines Capitals, to learn about their best practices. On top of the proudness, receiving a Best Of - and the highest international level of the award - was a huge satisfaction to share with all those who worked with un in the last years and in this world, we all need a little gratification."
Jean-Edouard de Rocheboüet, owner, Atamisque, Mendoza, International Best Of Wine Tourism and Innovative Wine Tourism experiences category
"While our major focus has always been the production of exceptional wines, this award is a great inspiration to us in our dedication to a culture of excellence over a broader spectrum. Being the SA winner for Best Of Wine Tourism for 2012 awarded us additional exposure on an international level and from an independent and reliable platform. Internally the competition meant a lot to the La Motte team as an acknowledgement for high service levels and serves as inspiration and motivation for promoting wine tourism in South Africa.”
Hein Koegelenberg, CEO, La Motte, category Art and Culture and global winner
"Receiving a Best Of Wine Tourism award in the Accommodation category drawn tourism operators attention to the Château Lavergne Dulong. Incoming travel agencies were very interested and requested information for their clients. Effects on the press have been important too, in particular on the local media press, Sud-Ouest newspaper, devoted an article about the wine tourism impact on a small etate like mine. TV7, the local TV channel, shot a sequence of the program "La vie de châteaux" that was broadcasted in march. On top of that, Château Lavergne Dulong has been mentionned in the french famous magazine, Figaro Magazine special issue, dedicated to "The most beautiful guest houses". This trophy Best Of awards 2 years of hard work and investment. It drives me to keep improving my services for an always better welcoming of my visitors." Sylvie Dulong, owner, Château Lavergne Dulong
Sylvie Dulong, owner, Château Lavergne Dulong, category accommodation
"As family-run business we are proud to receive this internationally award for our latest venture „Hofgut Laubenheimer Höhe“. This is a motivation to further invest in this „niche“ in order to offer an alternative way of wine gastronomy in Rheinhessen in such an extraordinary place to the citizens of Mainz, tourists and business clients and to provide sustainable products with perfect taste."
Christian Barth, owner, Hofgut Laubenheimer Höhe, Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences award
"At Aveleda we have always enjoyed receiving visitors in our estate and devoted a lot of attention to Wine Tourism. In this context, we are delighted to receive this prestigious recognition. Being the first time that a company from the Vinhos Verdes region wins this award, we hope it encourages more visitors to discover the numerous “hidden secrets” that this region has to offer.”
Martim Guedes, Member of the Board of Aveleda
"We set out with a vision of best practice from the vine to the bottle and we’re delighted to have our commitment to sustainability acknowledged. We enjoy sharing our story, and what makes us different, with visitors to our winery”
Peter Yealands, owner, Yealand Estate Wines, Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices category and International Winner.
"It is an honor for the DiamAndes Winery and the Bonnie family to have received an international GWCGN Best Of Wine Tourism award in the category Architecture, Parks and Gardens. This award motivates us to continue the pursuit of excellence for our services, increase our commitment to the wine tourism development of Mendoza and the promotion of our wine culture."