Barossa Grape and Wine Association awarded Wine Communicator of the Year

Barossa's peak wine industry body supporting both growers and winemakers recently gained top honours in Sydney.

Barossa Grape and Wine Association (BGWA) brought home on Wednesday night, not one but three accolades from the 2019 Wine Communicator Awards.

The industry's win included being announced Wine Communicator of the Year.

In addition, Barossa's technical website, was awarded Best Wine Website or App, while Best Wine PR Campaign went to the 2019 Barossa Wine Auction campaign.

The overall Wine Communicator of the Year is chosen by the Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA) board from category winners.

Previous winners have included Max Allen, Gourmet Traveller WINE, Tyson Stelzer, Gill Gordon-Smith, Jeni Port, Huon Hooke, Jane Ferrari, James Halliday and Campbell Mattinson.

BGWA CEO James March shared his delight in the award win which he said ultimately promotes the efforts of the region's growers and wineries.

"It is a fantastic acknowledgement of the community spirit of Barossa, coming together in collaboration rather than competition," Mr March said.

Judges comments regarding the application from BGWA were united with resoundingly positive feedback.

Comments highlighted that 'both the BGWA website and public relations campaign were impressively well planned, fully integrated maximising all facets of the marketing mix and benefited the wider Barossa community'.

"BGWA are extremely worthy of their honour and are a true reflection of the current success of the wine sector in the Barossa," WCA chair Toni Carlino explained.

It is a fantastic acknowledgement of the community spirit of Barossa, coming together in collaboration rather than competition

BGWA CEO James March

It is the first time that a regional body has won in the widely respected awards program's history.

Now in its tenth year, the annual WCA Wine Communicator Awards recognise outstanding contributions to, and excellence in, wine communication in all its forms. was awarded for being one of the most comprehensive and accessible collections of regional wine data in the world.

This includes detailed Barossa vintage reports for every year since 1947.

The Barossa Wine Auction has been an integral part of the Barossa Vintage Festival since 1965.

After partnering with Langton's Fine Wine Auction House in 2015 the auction has evolved to become a truly hallmark wine on a global scale.

The 2019 Barossa Wine Auction campaign was awarded for its collaborative approach, harnessing the powers of key partners, including Langton's, Jane Thomson, founder of the Australian Women in Wine Awards and more.

Equally important was the buy-in and collective promotion from the 60-plus Barossa wineries participating in the auction.

Meanwhile, the WCA Awards continue to grow from strength to strength according to organisers.

"Yet again the caliber of the 2019 nominations were of an incredibly high standard, making the judges job a difficult process," chair Toni Carlino said.

"It is encouraging to see that the Australia wine community has such a high standard of talent."