A manicured grass court, cold wines, gourmet foods, a perfect winery backdrop and superb weather were served up to both players and spectators to the inaugural Elderton Tennis Classic on Sunday.
The event was hosted by the Ashmead family at their recently opened cellar door in Nuriootpa, with people travelling from as far aa Brisbane and Melbourne to play.
The competition consisted of 21 teams playing mixed doubles and beginning at the Nuriootpa tennis courts before moving the last 10 final games to the pristine grass courts at Elderton wines.
Participants included people from the Barossa, Adelaide and interstate.
Overall winners were Barossa’s Ben Kurtz and Sheryl Lehmann in the ‘Here to wine’ category against Andrew LaNauze and Cynthia Koch.
The ‘Here to wine’ trophy was awarded to Adelaide’s Sandon and Margot Stolle, from team Stolle, who defeated Steve and Joanna Lydeamore from team Lobster.
According to Nuriootpa Tennis Club president Matt Zadow, “the weather was perfect”.
“Especially being overcast, and the general feeling by everyone is that it has been well received,” he said.
“We look forward to it coming back again next year.”
Barossa & Light Herald was the event’s official media partner.