Craggy Range voted best vineyard in Australasia

The Craggy Range Giants Winery. Craggy Range Wines

The World’s Best Vineyards is an annual event sponsored by the International Wine Challenge.

“It is incredibly humbling to be named the Best Vineyard in Australasia, especially considering the breadth and depth of stunning estates scattered across New Zealand and Australia.” – Mary-Jeanne Peabody

Each year nearly 600 international wine, travel and wine tourism experts are invited to nominate the overall experiences they deem to be the best in the world and would highly recommend to a friend. It is not about wine quality or vineyard management, although both might influence the vote.

The list has been compiled from all of the nominations by the global academy of voters. There are 18 Chairs who have nominated up to 36 judges each, that have voted for the top seven vineyards that they have visited from anywhere in the world. There are no set criteria by which they make their judgement, it is about the “total experience”. Then the votes are counted and the sites ranked to establish which are the World’s Best Vineyards to visit.

Two New Zealand wineries made the top 50 World’s Best Vineyards list for 2021:

Both wineries were ahead of the three Australian wine producers that made this year’s list. They are:

Argentina was the most successful country with the top best vineyard and seven wineries in the top 50 places.

The top 10 World’s Best Vineyards are:

  1. Zuccardi Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina
  2. Bodegas de los Herederos del Marqués de Riscal, Rioja, Spain
  3. Château Margaux, Bordeaux, France
  4. Bodega Garzon, Maldonado, Uruguay
  5. Montes, Colchagua Valley, Chile
  6. Antinori nel Chianti Classico (Marchesi Antinori), Italy
  7. Cateña Zapata, Mendoza, Argentina
  8. Viña VIK, Cachapoal Valley, Chile
  9. González Byass – Bodegas Tio Pepe, Jerez-Xeres-Sherry, Spain
  10. Creation, Walker Bay, South Africa

Craggy Range Director, Mary-Jeanne Peabody commented:

“It is incredibly humbling to be named the Best Vineyard in Australasia, especially considering the breadth and depth of stunning estates scattered across New Zealand and Australia. It is my parent’s dream to sit alongside the great wineries of the world, and this shows us that we are heading in the right direction.”

For a full list of the winning wines go to the World’s Best Vineyards website.


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