A Riverland winery is amongst seven South Australian businesses toasting success today, after being named a winner in the 2018 South Australian Best of Wine Tourism Awards.
Whistling Kite Vineyard took out the category for Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell congratulated Whistling Kite during a visit to the Riverland Field Days.
Winners from each category will go on to represent South Australia at the Great Wine Capitals international awards program, in Chile this November.
Minister Bignell has also announced Pike River Luxury Villas will be offered a $25,000 grant under the State Government's Cellar Door Grants Program, which helps wineries upgrade their facilities and provide a unique and memorable experience for visitors.
The awards program, which is a part of Adelaide's membership in the Great Wine Capitals Global Network, recognises leadership, innovation and excellence in wine tourism.
The Great Wine Capitals Global Network includes San Francisco/Napa Valley (US), Bordeaux (France), Bilbao/Rioja (Spain), Mainz/Rheinhessen (Germany), Mendoza (Argentina), Porto (Portugal), Valparaìso/Casablanca Valley (Chile), and Verona (Italy). Adelaide, South Australia joined the Network in July 2016.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell
South Australia is very fortunate to have 18 sensational wine regions.
We know some great wines are produced in the Riverland, and now Whistling Kite is gaining exposure and recognition for its sustainable practices.
Whistling Kite is known for its certified organic and biodynamic vineyard and is producer of premium wines.
They are able to capitalise on their holistic sustainability approach, making their winery a key point of difference for visitors to their cellar door.
I am also pleased Pike River Luxury Villas will be developing the Pike River Wine Centre, a retail outlet for their own wine and other Riverland wines.
We are committed to supporting our wine industry, which is why we are investing $1.8 million a year on the South Australia Wine Industry Development Scheme.
Part of this funding helps wineries upgrade their cellar door facilities to make sure the experience they offer visitors is world class.
We have invested an additional $70 million in tourism funding to market SA nationally and internationally and attract major events and conferences.
An average of 350,000 visitors a year flock to the Riverland and wine tourism is a growing market.
In 2016 almost 40% of South Australia's international visitors visited a winery during their stay.
Our wine industry is an important part of the state's economy – last year the sector generated $2.1 billion in revenue with major export markets in China and Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.
The South Australian Wine Industry Development Scheme will help to ensure growth in the State's wine sector and further cement Adelaide's position as a Great Wine Capital.