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The Great Wine Capitals of the World

Jan 15, 2013
The Great Wine Capitals of the World
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andean_mountain_and_vineyards-_photo_galleryThere may be but Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but there are nine Great Wine Capitals of the World. Can you name them?

The Great Wine Capitals of the World Global Network (GWC) can because it chooses the capitals. Founded in 1999, it is the only network to include both “Old World” and “New World” wine regions, and it knits together these nine major cities from around the world into a tapestry of superb wine, food and culture.

Only one city from each country may be chosen as a Great Wine Capital, so competition is fierce. The current members are Bordeaux, France; Cape Town, South Africa; Florence, Italy; Mainz/Rheinhessen, Germany; Mendoza, Argentina; Porto, Portugal; Bilbao/Rioja, Spain; San Francisco/Napa Valley, U.S.A.; and Christchurch/South Island, New Zealand. Christchurch is the newest member of this prestigious group, having just been added in 2010, and Australia’s member city has yet to be chosen, although word on the street is that Adelaide is a mighty fine city for wine…

Perhaps the most visible aspect of the GWC is the annual “Best of Wine Tourism Awards,” a prestigious competition that rewards wineries from each Great Wine Capital for excellence in various categories, from art and culture to sustainable wine tourism. Even without the awards, these Wine Capitals are worthy destinations full of the world’s finest food, wine, culture and fun. Our own country’s Napa Valley is a great example. So the next time you plan a wine-centered vacation, choose one of these nine beauties, because you can’t go wrong! The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World may be more well-known than the Great Wine Capitals of the World, but we know where we’d rather be.

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