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Best of SA’s wine tourism offerings celebrated


The top wine tourism operators in South Australia were celebrated last night at an awards ceremony, with winners soon to compete on the global stage.

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The likes of Grapes of Mirth, Sidewood Estate and Gemtree Wines were toasted last night at the National Wine Centre for their contribution to South Australia’s vibrant wine tourism sector at the 2024 Best Of Wine Tourism Awards.

They’ll go on to compete on the global stage in Switzerland later this month as part of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network against wine businesses from Spain, France, South Africa and more.

Last year, Langhorne Creek entry Grapes for Good – started by Kimbolton Wines – won a Global Best Of Wine Tourism Award. The Grapes for Good partnership between six Langhorne Creek wine producers and Zoos SA aimed to drive visitation across the region and support the conservation efforts underway at Monarto Safari Park.

Last night, seven winners took home awards at the SA leg of the initiative including:

Tourism Minister Zoe Bettison said wine tourism played an important role in driving visitors to regional SA.

“This is another terrific demonstration of the strength of South Australia’s wine tourism industry, as we celebrate an array of world-class operators across the regions,” Bettison said.

“We know our wine is a key tourism drawcard for South Australia, with one fifth of all interstate tourists visiting a winery during their trip in 2022 and more than one third of all international tourists prior to the pandemic.

“With innovative festivals in world-renowned wine regions, leading sustainability practices at well-established wineries, luxury accommodation in the vines, and top-notch restaurants serving local produce, it’s no wonder our wine tourism operators help put our state on the map.”

The wine tourism awards precede the Royal Adelaide Wine Show tomorrow, where the nation’s best wines will be judged. The winners will be announced in InDaily.

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