Kiwi vineyards Rippon and Craggy Range ranked in world's top 50 for wine tourism

Two Kiwi vineyards have been named among the world's best for wine tourism.

Craggy Range, in Hawke's Bay, and Central Otago's Rippon both made it into the top 20 of the prestigious World's Best Vineyards list, which ranks the best 50 vineyards around the globe.

For the second year running, Argentina's Zuccardi Valle de Uco clinched the top spot - described as a "brooding behemoth" that produces "stunning high-altitude wines".

Second place went to Bodega Garzón in Uruguay, while the number three position went to Domäne Wachau in Austria.

Ranked number 13, Rippon was praised for its "jaw-droppingly beautiful views from the shore of Lake Wanaka" and its "stunningly sleek biodynamic wines".

"What makes Rippon one of the most desirable estates in the world to visit? The wines, the views and the people – in equal measure," the judges said.

"That Rippon maintains 15ha of vines in this immaculate landscape is wonder enough, but the quality and sense of place of its wholly estate-grown wines gives this little corner of heaven an extra special appeal."

Ranked number 17, Craggy Range was described as having a "stunning location in the shadow of Te Mata Peak", as well as luxury boutique accommodation and an award-winning restaurant.

"Over the past 20 years, Terry and Mary Peabody have expended every possible effort to make Craggy Range an exceptional visitor experience," the judges said. 

"Whether it’s the cellar door, inspired by some of the Napa Valley’s leading wineries, the award-winning restaurant with 360-degree views of the local landscape, or Craggy Range’s exceptional boutique accommodation, expect nothing but the best in this beautiful little corner of Hawke’s Bay."

Craggy Range winery.
Craggy Range winery. Photo credit: Supplied

Mary-Jeanne Peabody, Craggy Range director, said the vineyard was "thrilled to be recognised" in the awards.

"We have always aspired to sit alongside the great wineries of the world, so to be on the list is amazing but to be at number 17 is truly humbling."

Last year Craggy Range came in at number 11, while Rippon was ranked number eight.

The list is based on nominations from a voting academy of more than 500 wine experts from around the world.