All eyes were on the Schloss Johannisberg winery in Rheingau, Germany, as the highly anticipated list was revealed for this year's top 50 vineyards from around the world. So let's see who secured the top three places for 2021.
Coming in third place was Château Margaux, a world-renowned establishment located in the southwest of France, roughly 18 miles north of Bordeaux. The estate came about in the 16th century and has been growing in prestige ever since, with international advertisements praising the wine quality dating back to 1705. The label boasts four critically-acclaimed wines, including the Grand Vin, Pavillon Rouge, Pavillon Blanc, and Margaux. But, of course, the product is only part of the picture. The top 50 finalist vineyard also sits on one of the continent's most prized estates, with both state-of-the-art equipment and the original estate building, which stands as a relic of history.
And while some of the region's estates aim to preserve the past, others move in the complete opposite direction and embrace the future. One of those buildings includes this year's second-place winner, the Bodegas de los Herederos del Marques de Riscal in northwestern Spain. This eye-catching building may be a recent addition, but the brand itself dates back to 1858, when it became one of the country's leading wine producers of all time. They boast a collection of 16 different wines derived from a diverse array of grapes and have gained a reputation worldwide as a force to be reckoned with. However, they were outranked by a fierce competitor...
The Zuccardi Valle de Uco in Argentina clinched first place for the third consecutive year in this year's roundup. The award-winning vineyard has been a family operation since 1963 and has since carried on the tradition for three generations. And now, for the third year in the row, the Zuccardi family is celebrating taking home the esteemed prize. From their elite collection to the one-of-a-kind hospitality service and venue, the Argentinian winery has made a name for itself around the world as the top-tier destination for wine tourism.
For more of this year's top 50 vineyards, check out World's Best Vineyards for the complete list.