wineries around the world that offer much more than just wine

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Bodega Garzón

Garzón, Uruguay.

Located less than 30 miles [50 km] from the fishing village of José Ignacio, this is one of the first sustainable vineyards outside of North America. Keep an eye out on their Tannat wine.

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Viña Vik

Millahue Valley, Chile

Chilean architect Smilan Radij designed this futuristic winery located 125 miles [200 km] from Santiago. There, they use blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère, Merlot and Syrah grapes. At the entrance there are reflecting pools decorated with a variety of rocks alongside the walkways that help to cool the underground cellar.

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Rafael López de Heredia

La Rioja, Spain

To celebrate its 125th anniversary, this winery commissioned a structure to protect a 1910 stand from architect Zaha Hadid. The result is a modern work in the shape of a decanter integrated to the historic building, where they sell and offer tasting sessions of wines elaborated with Spanish grape varieties like Tempranillo, Garnacha and Viura.

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O.Fournier

Uco Valley, Argentina

In the surrounding area, the landscape is dominated by the Andes. The building, with an almost spatial architecture, is home to the restaurant Urban O. Fournier. From there, you can see the peaks of Cordón del Plata while sampling wines made from such grape varieties as Tempranillo or Malbec.

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Opus One

Napa Valley, United States

Located in California, this winery combines methods from the Old World with the latest technology to extract the best of, mainly, Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc grapes. The building looks like it’s rising out of the earth.

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Vergelegen Wine Estate

Somerset West, South Africa

This winery produces award-winning artisanal red wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz grapes, among others. Located some 40 miles [60 km] from Cape Town, it has lovely facilities and Table Mountain as its background – one of the reasons it has been visited by Queen Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela.

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Devil’s Corner

Tasmania, Australia

A set of building blocks leads to an overlook that has a view of the region’s lovely scenery, the backdrop for people sampling the award-winning Pinot Noir wines from this winery. The fresh oysters and shellfish at the restaurant The Fishers top off the experience.

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Château Pape Clément

Bordeaux, France

Pape Clément is one of Bordeaux’s oldest Grand Crus – the first harvest took place in 1252. The locale is famous for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, but also for its gardens and neo-Gothic castle dating from the 16th century.

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Rippon Vineyard

Central Otago, New Zealand

They say it’s the most photographed winery in the world. Well, the Mills family, a pioneer in the region, did secure one of the most coveted landscapes on the South Island. The panoramic view of Lake Wanaka stands out, alongside the Pinot Noir and Riesling wines.

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Máté Vineyard

Tuscany, Italy

An American couple transformed an old farm (with Etruscan vineyards that are over 2,000 years old) into one of the region’s most prestigious wineries. Surrounded by woods, the Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapevines produce such wines as the Brunello di Montalcino.