California Wine Tours Named Best Wine Tourism Service for 2010

Each year, the Great Wine Capitals Global Network’s (GWCGN) “Best Of” Wine Tourism Awards offers hospitality leaders throughout San Francisco and Napa Valley the unique opportunity to showcase their best practices in a competition with other wine tourism businesses from around the world. There are seven categories in which to compete:  restaurants; accommodations; architecture parks and gardens; art and culture; innovative wine tourism experiences; wine tourism services; and sustainable wine tourism practices.

Photo – 2010 Winners -
L-R: Kara Adamson, Auberge du Soleil; Cooky Logan, St. Supery Vineyards & Winery; Lora McCarthy, Quintessa; Exec. Chef Kelly Macdonald, Napa Valley Wine Train; Mike Marino, California Wine Tours; Jeff Adams, Chateau Montelena Winery; and Jan Shrem, Clos Pegase.

Accommodations:    Auberge du Soleil
Wine Tourism Restaurants: The Napa Valley Wine Train
Architecture, Parks & Gardens: Chateau Montelena
Art & Culture:   Clos Pegase Winery
Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences: St. Supéry Vineyards & Winery
Wine Tourism Services: California Wine Tours
Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices:   Quintessa Winery

The regional winners of the 2010 San Francisco | Napa Valley “Best Of” Wine Tourism Awards were announced October 15 at Domaine Chandon, last year’s global winner in the restaurant category:

More than 50 entries were submitted for this year’s contest for the seven categories of merit making this Napa Valley’s most successful regional Great Wine Capitals “Best Of” thus far.  Local judges included writer Paul Franson, Gourmet Magazine’s San Francisco Director, Greg Silvi, Napa County Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht, and Napa Mayor Jill Techel. Contest entrants were required to be members of either a San Francisco or Napa County chamber of commerce, The Napa Valley Destination Council, the Napa Valley Vintners, or the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“Congratulations to the 2010 “Best Of” winners!” said Clay Gregory, president and CEO of The Napa Valley Destination Council. “The ‘Best Of’ Wine Tourism Awards is a very important opportunity for wine tourism innovators to receive the recognition of their region and elevate their images even further on the international stage.”

Regional “Best Of” winners will now move forward to compete in the international awards, which will be judged by an international panel of respected wine tourism professionals and presented at The Great Wine Capitals Global Network’s Annual General Meeting being held this November in Bordeaux, France.

“I am honored to have California Wine Tours recognized as a true leader in the wine tourism world. Over the last 24 years, we have invested much in our diverse fleet and most importantly in training our drivers to create top notch experiences for each and every visitor,” explained Michael Marino, founder and CEO of California Wine Tours.  “We are also the first transportation company to be certified in the Bay Area Green Business program, which further illustrates our commitment to excellence and sustainable business development.” 

About the GWCGN
Great Wine Capitals Global Network is an alliance of eight internationally renowned wine regions - Bordeaux, France; Cape Town, South Africa; Florence, Italy; Mainz, Germany; Mendoza, Argentina; Porto, Portugal; Bilbao-Rioja, Spain and San Francisco-Napa Valley, USA. The “Best Of” international competition is designed to reward wineries and other wine-tourism focused businesses in each member region that have distinguished themselves in terms of the excellence of their facilities in the various categories.