The Worldâ€™s Best Vineyards for 2020 have been revealed, and two from New Zealand made the cut.
Each year, 50 vineyards are selected for the list, which seeks to raise the profile of wine tourism and recognise the efforts of wineries around the globe.
For 2020, Central Otago vineyard Rippon placed 13th in the world, and was also named Best Vineyard in Australasia.
Rippon placed high on the list thanks to its “jaw-droppingly beautiful views from the shore of Lake Wanaka” as well as its “sleek biodynamic wines”.
Craggy Range in Hawkeâ€™s Bay wasnâ€™t far behind on the list, coming in at number 17 for its “stunning location in the shadow of Te Mata Peak”, luxury boutique accommodation and award-winning restaurant.
Argentinaâ€™s Zuccardi Valle de Uco was named the Worldâ€™s Best Vineyard for the second year running. Bodega GarzĂłn in Uruguay came in second place for a consecutive year and DomĂ¤ne Wachau in Austria jumped 16 places to take the third spot.
This year the awards were announced at a virtual ceremony due to travel restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In an opening speech during the ceremony, founder Andrew Reed praised the wine industry for its quick adaptability to current restrictions on travel.
â€śIt is testament to this amazing community of winemakers and wineries that your flexibility and speed of response has allowed you to adapt your business model to survive, and even thrive!â€ť he said.