These are the world’s prettiest vineyards

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August 16, 2021

By | August 16, 2021

New Zealand’s Craggy Range takes the prize, followed by California’s Robert Mondavi Winery

Appreciating good wine goes further than our senses and taste buds, at least according to recent research. Money.co.uk analyzed over 450,000 Instagram hashtags of the world’s best vineyards list to find the most beautiful and Instagrammable ones in their midst.

Number one vineyard was tagged more than 13,000 times on Instagram

The second and third place belong to vineyards in California — Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellar in Yountville respectively, both having received around 12,000 hashtags.

Viu Manent in Valle de Colchagua, Chile was placed fourth as one of two South American countries to have made it into the top 10 (Uruguay landed sixth and eighth place). Portugal — as the only European country — was ranked fifth in the research (incidentally it also bagged tenth with its Quinta do Noval vineyard). 

Is wine drinking on the rise or decline?

South Africa, Argentina, Spain, or France have seen a drop in wine consumption in the last two decadesSouth Africa, Argentina, Spain, or France have seen a drop in wine consumption in the last two decades — Shutterstock

Some of the biggest countries associated with wine have seen a decline in wine drinking since 2000. In the last two decades, in South Africa, Argentina, and Spain the consumption has dropped by more than 40 percent. In France, the drop has been by a third for the same time period.

On the flip side, other countries, such as the beer-loving Czech Republic, have seen a spike in wine consumption in the last few years. The number of bottles per capita has increased threefold over the last 20 years.

Vineyards cover an area of almost 14 million football fields

Globally, vineyards cover an area of almost 14 million football fieldsGlobally, vineyards cover an area of almost 14 million football fields —Shutterstock

That wine isn’t going anywhere anytime soon is proven by the fact that globally, vine growing is still very popular. In 2020, vineyards covered 7,331,000 hectares (28,305 square miles) of the Earth or an equivalent of 13,699,620 football fields.

Spain is the leading country in terms of how much land is dedicated to growing vines for all purposes. As per 2020’s figures, it comprised 13,1% of the world’s vineyards.

Top 10 most beautiful vineyards in the world

  1. Craggy Range (Havelock North, New Zealand) 13,319
  2. Robert Mondavi Winery (Oakville, CA, USA) 12,189
  3. Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars (Yountville, CA, USA) 11,852
  4. Viu Manent (Valle de Colchagua, Chile) 10,912
  5. Quinta do Crasto (Sabrosa, Portugal) 10,773
  6. Bodega Bouza (Montevideo/Canelones, Uruguay) 9,397
  7. Opus One (Oakville, CA, USA) 9,204
  8. Bodega Garzón (Maldonado, Uruguay) 8,146
  9. d’Arenberg (McLaren Vale, Australia) 7,329
  10. Quinta do Noval (Duoro Valley, Portugal) 5,822

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