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"At Terroir Feely we deeply believe that great wines are made with natural practices. The Best of Gold award in sustainable practices offers us an opportunity to share our passion with the media, tour operators and visitors. Visiting Terroir Feely vineyards, farm, wine school and accommodation is an experience people don't forget and they usually leave with a new perspective on more than wine. As a small family business the Best of award is great recognition and a boost to our marketing."
Caro Feely, Château Haut Garrigue / Terroir Feely, Best Of Wine Tourism Winner 2013 - Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices

«After having made some significant investments in the cellars and vineyards as well as in the organization of the guest reception at Château Bouscaut – whiwh were completed in 2010 – we were pleased to receive the recognition of great professionals. The Best Of Wine Toursim 2013 has awarded the excellence of our hospitality as well as the quality of our wine tourism services and products, that are offered in the enchanting environment of Château Bouscaut. This distinction not only gives us confidence but also a rising interest of the professional public. In addition to that, we benefit from the exchange with other estates that share similar objectives within the fields of wine tourism. The  Best Of Wine Toursim Award 2013 has encouraged us and pushes us to always work further on the improvement of our performance in this category.”

Sophie Lurton – Cogombles, owner of Château Bouscaut, Best Of Wine Toursim Winner 2013

“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

December 2011:

"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.

November 2011:

“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

November 2011:

"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

November 2011:

"It is with pride that we dedicate this award to the native winegrowers of Dievole. Returning the land to the traditions of the vine masters living in the farmhouses on the land and using the ancient methods of production was a great step forward for Dievole. The Best Of Wine Tourism Award confirms the wisdom of this choice."

Stefano Meacci, Manager, Dievole, category Accomodation and International winner

October 2011:

"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

October 2011:

"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


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