Best of Wine Tourism Awards winners crowned

AWARD WINNERS: Congratulations to Lanzerac Country Estate and Yalumba Family Winemakers. Photo: Herald archive
AWARD WINNERS: Congratulations to Lanzerac Country Estate and Yalumba Family Winemakers. Photo: Herald archive

Seven wineries from the Barossa, Langhorne Creek, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale on Friday were named winners in the South Australian Best of Wine Tourism Awards.

Barossa winners announced among the coveted list were Barossa's Lanzerac Country Estate and Yalumba Family Winemakers.

Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister Tim Whetstone said winners chosen across the seven categories were selected from the 22 finalists.

"The winners all offered a genuine, authentic wine tourism experience which leaves visitors engaged and excited about South Australia's wine region," he shared at the presentation dinner held at the National Wine Centre.

The awards now in its fourth year, work to recognise wineries as providing outstanding and memorable tourism experiences.

"South Australia excels in producing premium wine and tourism experiences and has some of the oldest vines in the world," Mr Whetstone said.

"Wine tourism is a huge draw card to South Australia with 37 per cent of international visitors heading to a winery during their stay in South Australia."

Winners were:

  • Accommodation - Lanzerac Country Estate (Barossa)
  • Architecture and Landscape - Kimbolton Wines (Langhorne Creek)
  • Art and Culture - Bird in Hand (Adelaide Hills)
  • Innovative Wine Tourism Experience - d'Arenberg (McLaren Vale)
  • Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices - Gemtree Wines (McLaren Vale)
  • Wine Tourism Restaurants - Maxwell Wines (McLaren Vale)
  • Wine Tourism Services - Yalumba Family Winemakers (Barossa).

The Best of Wine Tourism Awards are part of South Australia's membership of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network, celebrating innovation and excellence in wine tourism.

The winners will now compete in their respective categories against nine other Great Wine Capitals at the international awards as part of the Great Wine Capitals Annual General Meeting in Bordeaux, France in November this year.

For more information about the award winners visit www.adelaidegreatwinecapital.com.au/awards.