Seppeltsfield businesses claim gold at SA Tourism Awards

GRINNERS: The Seppeltsfield Wines team accepting their awards on November 8 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Photo: SUPPLIED
GRINNERS: The Seppeltsfield Wines team accepting their awards on November 8 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Photo: SUPPLIED

The South Australian Tourism Awards were a triumph for Seppeltsfield Wines and Seppeltsfield Road Distillers, both taking out gold medals.

At the award night on November 8, Seppeltsfield Wines won two awards - the 2019 Best Winery, Distillery or Brewery in South Australia as well as the most prestigious award of the night, the 2019 Premier's Award for Service Excellence.

The Premier's Award recognises South Australian tourism businesses for their "excellent service policies and procedures to building strong, long lasting customer relationships".

Seppeltsfield Tourism & Events Manager Nicole Hodgson said their "village" approach to tourism offerings that includes Vasse Virgin, JamFactory and FINO gave them a winning edge.

"We are delighted to see our unique modern day 'village' experience go from strength to strength - celebrating the winning combination of wine, food, craft, design and beauty," Ms Hodgson said.

"The other thing that we did this year is release our new Seppeltsfield branding and premium still range."

Seppeltsfield Wines Managing Director Steven Trigg said the two awards were "an incredible achievement for the entire team, it's the dynamic mix of people that make it shine and the 2019 awards are a credit to all of our village partners on site".

Seppeltsfield Wines is no stranger to the awards night, winning the same award in 2018, putting them in the running to be inducted into the SA Tourism Hall of Fame if they manage to win three in a row.

Seppeltsfield Road Distillers won gold in the New Tourism Business category, with other newcomer Barossa Chocolate Company taking out silver in the same category.

Created by the gin-loving duo, Jon and Nicole Durdin, Seppeltsfield Road Distillers offers travel, culture, music, food, and gin.

According to the judges, Seppeltsfield Road Distiller owners Jon and Nicole have created something unique in Seppeltsfield Road Distillers, with the tasting room designed in a way that visitors can witness the magic of distilling while undertaking a gin tasting.

Other local medal winners include Vasse Virgin (silver) for Specialised Tourism Services, Steiny's Traditional Mettwurst (silver) for Excellence in Food Tourism, and Elderton Wines Cellar Door (bronze) in Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries.

Vasse Virgin won Best New Business in 2018.

According to the South Australian Tourism Commission's (SATC) most recent report, regional visitation, including that to areas such as the Barossa Valley, is up 19% and approaching nearly half of the total visitor spend across the state.