World’s 50 best vineyards for 2021 revealed: Last year’s Argentinian winner is No1 again, Spain comes second, France’s Chateau Margaux is third and RUSSIA beats the U.S

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  • Argentina’s Zuccardi Valle de Uco was named the top wine tourism destination – for the third time in a row 
  • The stunning Bodegas de los Herederos del Marques de Riscal in Spain’s Rioja region took second place 
  • The top entry for the Australasia region was New Zealand’s Craggy Range – in at No.11 

The world’s 50 best vineyards for 2021 have been revealed – and the winner from 2019 and 2020 has taken the No.1 spot yet again.

Argentina’s Zuccardi Valle de Uco was named the planet’s top wine tourism destination in a ceremony that took place at the Schloss Johannisberg winery in Rheingau, Germany.

The stunning Bodegas de los Herederos del Marques de Riscal in Spain’s Rioja region took second place, closely followed by Chateau Margaux in Bordeaux, France.

The 2021 ranking represents 16 countries and includes first-time entrants onto the list from Lebanon and Russia, with the latter’s Sikora Winery – famous for its rocky clay soil – coming 20th and the Lefkada Valley hitting number 23.

Argentina’s Grape and Wine Growing Institute, INV, reported that in November the sale overseas of fractioned wine climbed 21% over a year ago, reaching 200.336 hectoliters, representing 75,3 million dollars. The United States is the main client followed closely by the United Kingdom.

In effect London is the world’s fourth city consumer of wine and the Argentine presence has been long established with growing demand from distributors, wine boutiques, supermarkets and the gastronomy industry. Last year Argentine wine sales to UK reached US$ 127 million, and last October that sum was already US$ 118 million, anticipating a more positive year than 2020.

But UK is only part of the record since Argentine wineries are expected to establish a new global export record in 2021, according to data from November, when eleven-month sales climbed 8,6% to US$ 750 million, hopefully reaching US$ 840 million, which would be higher than the previous record from 2012, with US$ 787 million..

If wine bulk sales are added the overall export would be US$ 900 million and if must, grape juice is included overseas sales could be closer to a billion dollars. In 2012, the best year so far for the Argentine wine industry, total sales of all produce totalled US$ 925 million according to records from INV.

Government and private promotion for the wine industry have played a key role in supporting the Argentine wine and grape industry. For example, since 2011, the Argentine embassy in London sponsors Malbec World Day in May, which has helped to include the Malbec brand in the international calendar of events.

Argentina also participates in some of the most important shows of the industry worldwide such as The International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show and the London Wine Fair.

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