Above: Craggy Range. Below: Rippon.

Two of New Zealand’s vineyards have been recognised amongst the World’s Best Vineyards award—a new award that comes from the same organisers of the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurant and World’s 50 Best Bars awards.

Rippon, a vineyard on the shores of Lake Wanaka placed eighth out of fifty and was named the Best Vineyard in Australasia, and Craggy Range, in Havelock North, placed eleventh.

Zuccardi Valle de Uco, located in Argentina, was named as the world’s best vineyard. A total of 17 countries were represented on the list, including three vineyards from Australia, placing 13th, 29th, and 47th.

The awards are judged by a panel of over 30 judges, who choose vineyards based on the complete experience as opposed to the wine alone. The organisers have labelled these awards as the most meticulously judged wine competition, and the world’s finest.