Seven South Australian businesses are toasting success, after being named winners in the 2018 South Australian Best of Wine Tourism Awards.
The successful recipients were announced by Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell.
- Accommodation – The Louise (Barossa)
- Architecture and Landscape – Chapel Hill Winery (McLaren Vale)
- Art and Culture – Coriole Vineyards (McLaren Vale)
- Innovative Wine Tourism Experience – Henschke and Hutton Vale Farm (Barossa)
- Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices – Whistling Kite Vineyard (Riverland)
- Wine Tourism Restaurants – Hentley Farm Wines (Barossa)
- Wine Tourism Services – Penfolds Magill Estate (Adelaide Hills)
All winners will go on to represent South Australia at the Great Wine Capitals international awards program, in Chile this November.
The awards program, which is a part of Adelaide’s membership in the Great Wine Capitals Global Network, recognises leadership, innovation and excellence in wine tourism.
The Great Wine Capitals Global Network includes San Francisco/Napa Valley (US), Bordeaux (France), Bilbao/Rioja (Spain), Mainz/Rheinhessen (Germany), Mendoza (Argentina), Porto (Portugal), Valparaìso/Casablanca Valley (Chile), and Verona (Italy). Adelaide, South Australia joined the Network in July 2016.
The four partners of Adelaide’s membership to the network are Primary Industries and Regions SA, the South Australian Wine Industry Association, the South Australian Tourism Commission and Brand South Australia.
The State Government is committed to supporting our wine industry, which is why we are also investing $1.8 million a year on the South Australia Wine Industry Development Scheme.
Part of this funding helps wineries upgrade their cellar door facilities and provide a unique and memorable experience for visitors, which will help to boost sales and foot traffic.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell
The South Australian Best of Wine Tourism Awards are a great opportunity for wineries to gain international exposure and recognition.
The seven successful businesses, in the Barossa, McLaren Vale, Riverland and Adelaide Hills, have all made an outstanding contribution to regional food, wine and tourism.
We have invested an additional $70 million in tourism funding to market SA nationally and internationally and attract major events and conferences.
Last year almost 40% of our international visitors visited a winery during their stay. We want them to have an exceptional experience while they are here, so they can tell their family and friends all about South Australia and encourage more people to visit.
South Australia’s wine industry generated $2.1 billion in revenue in 2015–16 with major export markets in China and Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.