Catena Zapata

Catena Zapata Tops World’s Best Vineyards 2023 List, Rioja Shines as Premier Wine Tourism Destination

The World’s Best Vineyards unveiled its prestigious list of top wine destinations for 2023.

The comprehensive compilation celebrates the finest vineyards worldwide, showcasing the diversity and excellence of wine tourism. Topping this year’s list is Catena Zapata from Argentina, which not only secured the title of the overall South American vineyard but also claimed the coveted position as the world’s best vineyard. Bodegas de los Herederos del Marqués de Riscal, located in the breathtaking Rioja region of Spain, secured second place and was named the top vineyard in Europe.

With an extensive list of exceptional vineyards, this year’s rankings reflect the global prominence of wine destinations. Chilean vineyard VIK climbed one place to claim the third spot, while Creation in South Africa took fourth place and emerged as the overall winner in Africa.

Argentina emerged as a strong contender on the list, with three vineyards making it to the top 10. Catena Zapata, founded in 1902 and renowned for its pioneering work in reinventing Malbec, secured the number one spot. Bodegas Salentein, considered the heart and soul of the Uco Valley, claimed the ninth position, while El Enemigo Wines celebrated both tradition and innovation at number ten. Notably, Finca Victoria from the Durigutti family in Mendoza made an impressive debut as the highest new entry at number thirteen.

Europe dominated the rankings with 23 vineyards making it to the list. France stood out with the highest number of wineries, boasting nine in the top 50. Among them were esteemed Champagne houses such as Maison Ruinart, Bollinger, Billecart-Salmon, and Veuve Clicquot. The 2023 edition welcomed first-time entrants from Hungary, Georgia, and Lebanon, showcasing the expanding reach of wine tourism.

Continent winners included Château Mercian Mariko Winery in Japan, Rippon in Central Otago, New Zealand, and Jordan Vineyard and Winery nestled in the hills of Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley.

2023 Top 50 results:  

Listing  Vineyard  Country  Special awards  
1 Catena Zapata Argentina  South America 
2 Bodegas de los Herederos del Marqués de Riscal Spain  Europe  
3 VIK  Chile   
4 Creation South Africa  Africa  
5 Château Smith Haut Lafitte France   
6 Bodega Garzón Uruguay  
7 Montes Chile   
8 Schloss Johannisberg Germany   
9 Bodegas Salentein Argentina   
10 El Enemigo Wines Argentina   
11 Rippon New Zealand  Australasia 
12 Weingut Dr. Loosen Germany   
13 Finca Victoria – Durigutti Family Winemakers Argentina  Highest new entry  
14 Domäne Wachau  Austria   
15 Quinta do Crasto Portugal   
16 Quinta do Noval Portugal   
17 d’Arenberg Australia   
18 Château d’Yquem France   
19 Château Pape Clément France   
20 Jordan Vineyard & Winery US  North America  
21 González Byass – Bodegas Tio Pepe Spain   
22 Maison Ruinart France   
23 Champagne Bollinger France  New entry  
24 Bodega Colomé Argentina   
25 Viñedos de Alcohuaz Chile  New entry  
26 Henschke Australia   
27 Abadía Retuerta Spain   
28 Brooks Wine US  New entry  
29 Ceretto Italy   
30 Bodega Bouza Uruguay New entry  
31 Champagne Billecart-Salmon France   
32 Klein Constantia Winery South Africa   
33 Château Pichon Baron France   
34 Château de Beaucastel France  New entry  
35 Szepsy Winery Hungary New entry  
36 Delaire Graff Estate South Africa   
37 Viña Casas del Bosque Chile   
38 Château Mercian Mariko Winery Japan  Asia 
39 Clos Apalta Chile   
40 Graham’s Port Lodge Portugal   
41 Château Kefraya Lebanon New entry  
42 Quinta do Seixo (Sandeman) Portugal   
43 Viu Manent Chile   
44 Penfolds Magill Estate  Australia   
45 Disznókő Hungary New entry  
46 Veuve Clicquot France  New entry  
47 Château Mukhrani Georgia New entry  
48 Bodega Diamandes Argentina  New entry  
49 Bodegas Muga Spain New entry  
50 Viña Errázuriz Chile New entry 


best vineyards2023

The Top 51-100 vineyards list can be found on 

In a moment of great significance, Antinori nel Chianti Classico (Marchesi Antinori), the Best Vineyard in the World 2022, was inducted into the World’s Best Vineyards Hall of Fame, reserved for vineyards that consistently dominate the rankings.

The highly anticipated announcement took place at Bodegas Beronia, an esteemed winery located in the heart of Rioja Alta. Known for its sustainable practices, the winery attracted media from around the world. Rioja, Spain’s premier wine region, had two of its wineries featured in the top 50: Bodegas de los Herederos del Marqués de Riscal at number two and Bodegas Muga at number 49.

Andrew Reed, Managing Director of Wine and Exhibitions at William Reed, expressed the significance of the World’s Best Vineyards in promoting wine tourism globally. He emphasized the growing demand among both local and international tourists for immersive experiences that offer a wide range of activities. Reed praised Rioja as a remarkable host, with its stunning landscapes, delectable cuisine, and, of course, its exceptional wines.

Fernando Ezquerro, Chairman of the QDO Rioja Regulatory Board, expressed his pride and delight in hosting the esteemed event. He highlighted Rioja’s historical significance and traditions, which have established the region as Spain’s premier winemaking destination. Furthermore, Ezquerro emphasized the transformative effect of wine tourism on Spain’s tourism industry, bringing about seasonality and diversification. He concluded by underlining the passion for hospitality and winemaking that makes Rioja a truly special place to visit.

With Catena Zapata claiming the top spot, Rioja’s Bodegas de los Herederos del Marqués de Riscal securing second place and being named the top vineyard in Europe, and a wealth of exceptional vineyards from around the world, the World’s Best Vineyards 2023 list solidifies the global prominence and allure of wine tourism. As wine enthusiasts and travelers seek immersive experiences, these vineyards stand as testaments to the rich cultural heritage and exquisite craftsmanship found in every glass of wine.

Newsletter subscription

Sign up to receive FTNnews Newsletter

Subscribe to get the latest travel news by email

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Scroll to Top