Napa Valley Vintners Lead Regional Team
11/5/2007 - St Helena, CA - The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) non-profit trade association along with business and government leaders from Napa Valley will join their counterparts from seven other world-renowned wine growing regions at the annual conference of Great Wine Capitals Global Network November 11-14 in Porto, Portugal titled, The Dialogue between the New and Old World. The hosts from Porto will bring together representatives of wine related institutions, international associations and politicians from wine tourism from all over the world to address an audience of wine stakeholders, from politicians to people working on research and education, tourism and production in the biggest wine producing countries around the world.
The coalition of member cities that are gateways to the best wine producing regions in the world are: Bordeaux (France), Bilbao-Rioja (Spain), Cape Town (South Africa), Florence (Italy), Melbourne (Australia), Mendoza (Argentina), Porto (Portugal), San Francisco-Napa Valley (USA).
Best of Wine Tourism
In addition to the intense agenda of the conference, the showcase is the Best of Wine Tourism Awards. This year representing the Napa Valley are the following six establishments competing in their respective categories for world-wide honor:
Accommodations: Auberge du Soleil, for its incomparable lodging with sweeping views of the Napa Valley and its legendary hospitality
Restaurants: Martini House, for its inspired cuisine, celebrating regional products
Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices: Grgich Hills Estate, as the nation's largest bio-dynamically farmed vineyard, fully solar powered and providing a visitor experience showcasing these practices
Architecture: Darioush, the winery built by Darioush Khaledi that blends his Persian heritage with fine winemaking in Napa Valley
Art & Culture: Mumm Napa Valley, for this winery's outstanding treasure of photographic art from some of the world's greatest photographers on display in permanent and seasonal galleries open to the public
Significant Wine Tourism Experiences: Constant, for this Diamond Mountain winery's one-of-a-kind, "in the vineyard" tourist experience
The NVV's work with the Great Wine Capitals perfectly complements its leadership role in appellation promotion and protection. The association is also one of the founding members of the coalition for the Joint Declaration to Protect Wine Place and Origin that currently has thirteen dedicated wine regions working to protect regional integrity and educate consumers and decision makers globally.
About Great Wine Capitals Global Network
The Great Wine Capitals is an alliance of eight cities located in internationally renowned wine-producing areas throughout the world. The Network was established in 1999. Its Charter or Partnership Agreement was signed by each of the cities and sets out the aims and responsibilities of the member cities as well as the operational aspects of the Network. The Network has a permanent secretariat located in Bordeaux, France. Each city has a Network coordinator, whose task it is to liaise with the other cities and to be the point of contact in each city for media enquiries, business development opportunities and education. www.greatwinecapitals.com
About the NVV
Now in our seventh decade, the Napa Valley Vintners non-profit trade association is the sole organization responsible for promoting and protecting the Napa Valley Appellation as a winegrowing region second to none in the world. Respect for our history reinforces our commitment to the preservation and enhancement of the Valley's land, wine, and community for future generations. We address the shared interests of our more than 300 member wineries and aspire to be the essential organization for all Napa Valley vintners. www.napavintners.com
Contact: Terry Hall, Communications Director 707-968-4217 email@example.com