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NEW YORK, NY – (January 20, 2012): Scott Mathis, Founder of Algodon Wine Estates & Champions Club, is pleased to announce that TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP), the world’s largest travel website, has chosen Algodon Wine Estates & Champions Club as one of the TOP 25 winners in the RELAXATION/SPA HOTELS in SOUTH AMERICA category by TripAdvisor in its 2012 Travelers’ Choice® awards. Algodon Wine Estates & Champions Club ranked #3 on the RELAXATION/SPA HOTELS in SOUTH AMERICA listing.

Now in its tenth year, the annual TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards honor the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travelers. Unlike any other hotel honors, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travelers around the world.

“We are extremely grateful to our guests for their warm recommendations on TripAdvisor’s website,” says Scott Mathis, Chairman and Founder of Algodon Properties. “A special thanks to our entire hotel staff and management for their care and dedication to providing such excellent service. TripAdvisor’s forum has been a great asset to our online presence, and we thank them for their recognition.”

“With the help of millions of travellers around the globe, TripAdvisor is thrilled to recognize the world’s most outstanding hotels for the tenth year of the Travellers’ Choice Awards,” said Christine Petersen, president, TripAdvisor for Business. “From the best bargain hotels to best luxury hotels, remarkable service, value and quality are the hallmarks of our Travellers’ Choice winners.”

As TripAdvisor has continued its growth globally, featuring sites in 30 countries and in 21 languages, the Travellers’ Choice Hotels awards now highlight a broader range of spectacular properties across the globe.

For the complete 2012 Travelers’ Choice list, go to

About Algodon Wine Estates:

Located in San Rafael, Mendoza, Algodon Wine Estates offers luxury accommodations for travelers, as well as the opportunity to actually own a piece of the estate's vineyard and a custom wine label. The 2,050-acre grounds already boast two guest lodges and an 18-hole golf course, and additional plans call for a tennis academy developed with Argentine tennis champion Jose Luis Clerc, a high-end hotel, more than 600 private homesites, a polo field, an equestrian center and a luxury spa & fitness center. Recent distinctions include 91 and 90 point wine rating from Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, "Best Buy" award for the estates' Cabernet Sauvignon by Wines of Argentina and a 90 point rating of the estates' 2004 Malbec by wine personality Anthony Dias Blue. AWE was also named Global winner for Best Accommodation at the Great Wine Capitals 2010 Best of Wine Tourism Awards.

Unwrap the Dream in San Rafael, Mendoza (named by CNN Money & Fortune Magazine as one of the world's "4 Great Places to Retire"): Whether you live abroad or in Argentina, owning your own home in the Algodon vineyard community in Mendoza, Argentina represents a lifestyle choice and an investment opportunity like no other. Our luxury homesites are located in the heart of Argentina's scenic wine country at the base of the Andes Mountains, a region referred to by wine enthusiasts as "the Napa of Argentina." Properties include six distinct villages with homesites that range from .5 to 7 acre estancia-sized, productive vineyard estates. Live the winemaker's dream and cultivate your favorite grape varietal to be bottled under your own private label. Financing is available and construction of the first homes is underway. Contact us for more information.

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors*, and over 60 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to TripAdvisor's millions of monthly visitors.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 18 other travel media brands, and together the sites attract more than 65 million unique monthly visitors**. TripAdvisor’s travel media brands include:,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, Worldwide, August 2011
**Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Inc. and its subsidiaries, Worldwide, August 2011
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TripAdvisor Media Relations

Lauren J. Beebe
Algodon Wine Estates,
Director of Marketing
212.739.7700 (main) Ext. 622
212.739.7622 (direct)
866.960.7700 (toll-free)