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5 of the best... Vineyards

| 10 Jun 2011

Our team of experts here at Cox & Kings have come up with five of their favourite vineyards – a selection of wineries just that bit more special than the rest.

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Bodega Norton in Luján de Cuyo, near Mendoza, Argentina
Argentina’s natural resources for grape-growing are among some of the best in the world and the outstanding wines produced at Bodega Norton are no exception. Founded in the 1890s by English engineer Sir Edmund Norton, who came to build the railroads, it was the first winery south of the river Mendoza. Now owned by Austrian businessman Gernot Langes Swarovski, better known for his jewellery, the standard of the wine here only continues to improve. Richard Godden from Cox & Kings’ Latin America department suggests combining a trip to Norton with a stay at the nearby Cavas Wine Lodge tucked away in the foothills of the Andes mountains, which produces about 2,000 bottles of Bonarda wine itself, exclusively for the enjoyment of its guests.

Remirez de Ganuza, La Rioja, Spain
Remirez de Ganuza’s grape vines are located in and around the well-preserved medieval village of Samaniego in the Rioja Alavesa wine region. Owner Fernando Remírez places great emphasis on the age of the vine and pedigree of the stock. This attention to detail is reflected in the fantastic quality of the wine produced here. Cox & Kings’ Alix King recommends staying at the neighbouring Hotel Marques de Riscal, designed by Frank Gehry (the architect behind Bilbao’s Guggenheim), while exploring Rioja. Visit this vineyard on our La Rioja Wine Tour – book now and save £260 per person.

Delaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa
The Delaire Graff Estate is situated on the highest crest of the commanding Helshoogte mountain pass in the heart of Stellenbosch, one of South Africa’s oldest wine growing regions. Laurence Graff, founder of Graff Diamonds International (is there some connection between fine wines and fine jewellery?), bought the estate back in 2003 and has since been transforming it into the exceptional winery, restaurant, hotel and spa that it is today. A wonderful mixture of understated elegance, state-of the-art design and incredible views make this the perfect location to relax in complete luxury and enjoy the high-quality, award-winning wines on offer. Cox & Kings’ Shameem Bhyat recently visited, calling it “a very special place to stay, with stunning views”.

Meadowbank Estate, Tasmania, Australia
Meadowbank Estate, just a 20-minute drive from Hobart, offers some of Tasmania’s finest wines. More than just a vineyard, Meadowbank offers 10 wines, two art galleries and superb gourmet lunches overlooking the Coal river valley. Aaron Jennings, Cox & Kings’ Australasia product manager, says: “For those who are unsure of the history of Tasmanian wine there is also a permanent 18-metre long wooden jigsaw-style floor mural explaining it.” So whether it is a sip of the award-winning sauvignon blanc or a sup of their pinot noir, Meadowbank will certainly not disappoint visitors.

Cloudy Bay, Marlborough, New Zealand
The beautiful winery and vineyards of Cloudy Bay can be found at the northern end of New Zealand’s South Island in the heart of the Marlborough wine region. Cloudy Bay has one of the finest sauvignon blancs in the region and welcomes visitors to its cellar door for tastings and sales. Private tastings can also be arranged by appointment. For a bit of luxury after a day exploring the vineyards of Cloudy Bay, stay at the nearby Timara Lodge – a haven of peace, indulgence and relaxation.

 

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