Finalists announced for five-star wine tourism experiences

Eighteen wineries from eight different wine regions across South Australia have been announced as finalists in the South Australian Best of Wine Tourism Awards.

Among those nominated are three Coonawarra wineries vying to take out the title of the Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism Awards in various categories: Balnaves of Coonawarra and Brand’s Laira Coonawarra for Architecture and Landscape, and Upstairs at Hollick in the best restaurant category.

Each winery is hoping to be crowned amongst the various categories at the prestigious Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism Awards to be held next month.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the awards recognise the most outstanding wine tourism experiences in South Australia.

“With border restrictions due to COVID-19, wineries have seen less international and interstate tourists and instead many locals holidaying in their own backyard,” said Minister Basham.

“The Best of Wine Tourism Awards have had 36 entries this year, demonstrating the high calibre of wine tourism experiences across our regions.

“What we offer in South Australia as far as wine tourism experiences is unique and unlike anything else you will experience around the world.

“We not only produce 80 per cent of Australia’s premium wine, but South Australia offers warm and knowledgeable hospitality and culinary excellence.

“The Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism Awards celebrate innovation and excellence in wine tourism and provide an opportunity to gain exposure and recognition for their commitment to providing leading wine tourism experiences.

“This year there are 18 finalists across eight of our world-class wine regions stretching from the Coonawarra in the South East of SA to Clare Valley in the mid north.”

The finalists in each category are:

  • Accommodation –Beresford Estate (McLaren Vale), Lanzerac Country Estate (Barossa Valley), Simon Tolley Wines (Adelaide Hills).
  • Architecture and Landscape – Balnaves of Coonawarra (Coonawarra), Brand’s Laira (Coonawarra), Lake Breeze Winery (Langhorne Creek)
  • Innovation – Chalk Hill Wines (McLaren Vale), Kimbolton Vineyards (Langhorne Creek), Paulett Wines/Bush DeVine Winery Restaurant (Clare Valley)
  • Sustainability – Banrock Station (Riverland), Gemtree Wines (McLaren Vale)
  • Restaurants – Gather at Coriole (McLaren Vale), Penfolds Magill Estate (Adelaide), Slate Restaurant (Clare Valley), Upstairs at Hollick (Coonawarra)
  • Tourism Services – Elderton Wines (Barossa Valley), Hardys Wines (McLaren Vale), Yalumba (Barossa Valley)

No finalists were selected in the Awards’ seventh category – Art and Culture – with COVID-19 unfortunately curtailing a number of projects in that space across the year.

The local winners will be announced during the 2021 CheeseFest, to be held at Rymill Park on 22-24 October.

The local winners will stand alongside nominees from nine other Great Wine Capitals at the international awards at the Great Wine Capitals Annual General Meeting on October 28 2021.

The Marshall Liberal Government continues to support the South Australia wine sector, recently delivering more than $200,000 to 47 unique wine experience projects across the state.

Projects under the unique wine experiences program included interactive wine experiences in the Adelaide Hills, wine barrel tasting pods in McLaren Vale, grapevine charcoal drawing workshops in the Barossa and an audio-visual wine tasting experience in the Clare Valley.

Adelaide, South Australia, is part of the prestigious Great Wine Capitals Global Network, a group of international cities whose wine regions are recognised as significant economic and cultural assets.

Membership acknowledges excellence in grape and wine production, a commitment to research and development, education and wine tourism services, and the way in which the wine industry is inextricably linked to the city’s character, success and vision.

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