Piattelli Vineyards and Winery Awarded 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

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Recognized as a Top Performing Restaurant/Winery as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

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Piattelli Vineyards Cafayate Winery

We have worked to become a treasured icon of Cafayate, and we are honored our visitors have recognized our dedication by making the winery a must-see destination.

Piattelli Vineyards and Winery in Cafayate, Salta, Argentina, today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

In the remote northwest region of Argentina, dubbed “Cafayate the Beautiful” by locals – Cafayate Salta was recently named by CNN as one of the top 10 destinations to visit in 2015. Piattelli Cafayate’s winery restaurant, open daily, features a seasonally changing menu, boasting local produce and gourmet spins on traditional cuisine. Guests are invited to try the award-winning wines of Piattelli while they dine. With 315 reviews on TripAdvisor, Piattelli’s Cafayate restaurant ranks #1 among local eating establishments.

One reviewer wrote in his 5-star TripAdvisor rating: "As an expat living and working in the hotel sector in Latin America for some 25 years, I have seen my share of simple, rustic joints with hearty local fare as well as upscale places with excellent service and lovely cuisine - but Piattelli for me was a true standout - creating a truly memorable experience - without sacrificing on service or quality."

Hailing from Minnesota, owners Jon and Arlene Malinski first fell in love with Argentina back in 2002. With the beautiful land, warm people, and amazing wines, it was an easy decision for them to purchase land and start a winery. Through dedication and the hard work of many people, along with Jon Malinski’s dream and over four decades of business experience, the company has built two successful wineries in less than 15 years, with numerous annual awards and ratings from publications including Wine Spectator and Stephen Tanzer. Piattelli’s growing international sales have nearly doubled in the last year, while still maintaining excellence in the quality of wines, and the tastings and restaurant offerings in Cafayate have added an additional channel for successful customer experiences.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Piattelli and we’d like to thank all our past guests who took the time to write a review on TripAdvisor,” Jon Malinski said. “We have worked to become a treasured icon of Cafayate, and we are honored our visitors have recognized our dedication by making the winery a must-see destination. Many people tell us about their positive experiences, and now with the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, they have shared their praises with the world. The accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our unwavering commitment to excellence.”

"TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travelers on the site,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive increasing hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

About Piattelli Vineyards:
Piattelli Vineyards covers 477 acres in Cafayate, Salta (elev. 5,577 feet) and 121 acres in Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza (elev. 3,300 feet). Piattelli’s wines fall between the US $10 to $30 range. Piattelli Vineyards has received many top ratings from such well-known publications as Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, the Wine Advocate and Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar. It is distributed in Minnesota by Vinocopia Inc and nationally in the United States under the Casa Vinicola Zonin USA umbrella. http://www.piattellivineyards.com

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 225 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.9 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 45 countries worldwide. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, December 2014
**Source: Google Analytics, average monthly unique users, Q1 2015

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