Barossa businesses are toasting success, after winning three categories in the 2018 South Australian Best of Wine Tourism Awards.
The announcement was made by Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries and Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell at the Barossa Wine Show dinner on Thursday night.
The winners are:
- Accommodation - The Louise.
- Innovative Wine Tourism Experience – Henschke and Hutton Vale Farm.
- Wine Tourism Restaurants – Hentley Farm Wines.
All winners will go on to represent South Australia at the Great Wine Capitals international awards program, in Chile this November.
Mr Bignell also announced 20 Barossa wineries will be offered a share in almost half a million dollars under the State Government’s Cellar Door Grants Program, which helps in upgrading and diversifying facilities to boost sales and foot traffic.
Barossa grant recipients are:
- Atze’s Corner Wines - $25,000
- Chateau Tanunda - $25,000
- Elderton Wines - $25,000
- Gumpara Wines - $25,000
- Hewitson Winery - $25,000
- Hutton Vale Farm - $25,000
- Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre - $25,000
- Kalleske - $25,000
- Kies Family Wines - $10,169
- Krondhorf Creek Farm - $25,000
- Langmeil Winery - $25,000
- Maggie Beer Farm Shop Cellar Door - $25,000
- Penfolds Barossa Valley Cellar Door - $12,500
- Yalumba - $19,216
- Smallfry Wines - $25,000
- Thorn-Clark Wines - $25,000
- Turkey Flat Vineyards - $25,000
- Wolf Blass Visitor Centre - $25,000
- Brockenchack Wines - $25,000
- Flaxman Wines - $11,610
In addition, the Barossa Grape & Wine Association will receive $125,000 under the Regional Wine Industry Association Grants Program to develop regional wine tourism and visitor experiences.
The funding will be used for three projects:
- The Barossa Cellar, which will involve the construction of a state-of-the-art facility to be used for events, masterclasses and tastings.
- Barossa Brand Extension and Activation Project – China and Hong Kong, which aims to drive greater international visitation
- Barossa Shiraz Trail Business Case Development, which proposes a 13 kilometre bike and walking trail near Seppeltsfield Road.
In total, 55 wineries and 7 regional wine industry associations across South Australia have been successful in their applications for funding.
The Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism Awards recognise leadership, innovation and excellence.
The program is part of Adelaide’s membership in the Great Wine Capitals Global Network, which 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).
The four partners of Adelaide’s membership to the network are Primary Industries and Regions SA, the South Australian Wine Industry Association, the South Australian Tourism Commission and Brand South Australia.
The Cellar Door Grants Program and Regional Wine Industry Association Grants are part of the State Government’s new $1.8 million a year South Australian Wine Industry Development Scheme, which aims to grow the industry and promote South Australia as a premium wine producer and leading destination for culinary tourism.
As with the 2015–16 round of the program, almost one in every two cellar doors across the state applied for a grant.
Some of the newly funded cellar door projects in Barossa include:
- Elderton Wines are set to convert a 1918 gentleman’s bungalow into a state-of-the-art cellar door
- Turkey Flat Vineyards are developing the Butcher’s Block Lounge and Butchery in the existing private tasting room, bringing back the historical ties to the Turkey Flat Cellar Door and Butchers Shop
- Hewitson are renovating the original 1980s cottage into new five-star accommodation.
Our wine industry generated $2.11 billion in revenue in 2015-16.
The State Government has invested an additional $70 million in tourism funding to market SA nationally and internationally and attract major events and conferences.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism and Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell
The Barossa is recognised for producing exceptional wine, making it popular with visitors and wine lovers from around the world.
Around 200,000 people visit this beautiful part of the world every year, and we know half of these visit a winery and about 70 per cent dine out at a restaurant or café.
The Great Wine Capital winners and grant recipients, as well as the Barossa Grape and Wine Association, are all to be congratulated on their efforts to continuously improve visitor experiences and ensure SA remains the wine state and best place to holiday if you enjoy delicious food and great wines.