McLaren Vale's d'Arenberg has been awarded the coveted ‘International Best of Wine Tourism Award' for Architecture and Landscape, with the Cube recognised for its bespoke structure and design.
Announced at a gala dinner last night at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens as part of the Great Wine Capitals Annual General Meeting, the iconic d'Arenberg Cube was celebrated as a building masterpiece, which offers guests a chance to ‘lose themselves' among stunning views and interactive, educational and gastronomical experiences.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone congratulated d'Arenberg on receiving such an illustrious award.
"McLaren Vale's d'Arenberg Cube is an iconic wine tourism experience that continues to gain worldwide traction for being so unique, easily eclipsing visitation expectations," said Minister Whetstone.
"The Cube's design creates a venue that is remarkable and has been deservingly recognised on a global stage through these awards.
"Congratulations to the South Australian winners and nominees of the Best of Wine Tourism Awards and the finalists – this is wonderful recognition for the outstanding wine tourism experiences on offer in our state."
From 27 finalists, the South Australian winners of the Best of Wine Tourism Awards are:
- Accommodation – Inkwell Wines (McLaren Vale)
- Architecture and Landscape – d'Arenberg (McLaren Vale)
- Art and Culture – Coriole Vineyards (McLaren Vale)
- Innovative Wine Tourism Experience – Penfolds Magill Estate (Adelaide Hills)
- Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices – Gemtree Wines (McLaren Vale)
- Wine Tourism Restaurants – The Lane Vineyards (Adelaide Hills)
- Wine Tourism Services – Elderton Wines (Barossa)
The Best of Wine Tourism Awards celebrate innovation and excellence in wine tourism and provide an opportunity to gain exposure and recognition for their commitment to providing leading wine tourism experiences.
For the first time, people will be able to vote for their favourite South Australian and international wine tourism experience as part of the international Best of Wine Tourism Public Choice Award.
"This is your chance to really boost South Australia's wine profile globally, I encourage you to put forward your vote from our local winners to take out the Public Choice Award winner," said Minister Whetstone.