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19 SA wineries named in 2024 Best Of Wine Tourism Awards

Luxury accommodation in the vineyards, a comedy festival touring world-class wine regions, an exclusive sabrage masterclass, and award-winning cellar door design – these are just some of the shortlisted entrants in the 2024 Best Of Wine Tourism Awards.

Image Credit: Yangarra Estate Vineyard

In a significant nod to the flourishing wine tourism sector, the 2024 Best Of Wine Tourism Awards is gearing up to showcase an array of experiences that promise to redefine luxury and innovation in the industry.

This year’s program, facilitated by Adelaide’s prestigious standing as a Great Wine Capital of the World, has attracted a remarkable 29 applications from seven distinguished wine regions, setting the stage for a fierce competition that underscores the role of wine tourism in bolstering the state’s economy.

The annual event, renowned for fostering innovation, sustainability, and service excellence, serves as a platform where local winners vie for global recognition, competing with frontrunners from other eminent wine capitals such as Bordeaux and Napa Valley.

The global stage has witnessed South Australian wine tourism experiences clinching top titles, a testament to the quality and innovation that the region brings to the table.

As the industry waits, the spotlight is firmly on the judging panel, a team of seasoned experts led by Helen Edwards AM, and featuring prominent wine writers Nick Ryan and Tony Love. This panel is tasked with the significant responsibility of identifying the best among a shortlist of entrants that embody luxury, innovation, and cultural richness.

The winners, slated to be unveiled in a grand ceremony in October, will represent the region at the 2024 Global Best of Wine Tourism Awards in Lausanne, Switzerland, showcasing the pinnacle of wine tourism experiences to a global audience.

This year’s shortlist promises a rich and diverse tapestry of experiences that cater to the discerning tastes of wine enthusiasts and lifestyle aficionados alike.

From the tranquil luxury of vineyard accommodations like The Old Chaff Mill Retreat and Beresford Estate to the architectural wonders of Shaw + Smith and Château Tanunda, the entrants offer a glimpse into the vibrant and evolving landscape of wine tourism.

The art and culture category beckons with vibrant offerings from 1837 Barossa and Grapes of Mirth, promising a harmonious blend of wine and artistry.

Meanwhile, the innovative wine tourism experiences category is a testament to the pioneering spirit of the region, with entrants like Sidewood Estate and Kimbolton Wines offering unique and groundbreaking experiences to visitors.

As the industry moves towards a more sustainable future, all shortlisted entrants are also in the running for the Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices award, spotlighting the efforts of industry players in championing responsible and sustainable tourism practices.

Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison said “Wine tourism is one of our state’s key strengths, and it’s fantastic to be able to recognise the operators doing wonderful things in this space.”

“Last year, one fifth of all interstate tourists visited a winery during their trip and prior to the pandemic, it was more than one third of all international tourists who did the same.”

“I’m thrilled to see the quality of wine tourism experiences on offer being showcased through this awards program, which puts a global spotlight on our state when they go on to compete against other destinations known for their wine.”

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Clare Scriven said that “The 18 wine regions of South Australia and the world-class wine they produce are something that should make us all proud.”

“It is wonderful to be able to recognise these businesses that have invested significant resources and creativity in delivering tourism, dining, and accommodation experiences that showcase our wonderful wines to visitors from both interstate and abroad.”

THE 2024 SHORTLIST:

Winery accommodation 

  • The Old Chaff Mill Retreat – McLaren Vale
  • Beresford Estate – McLaren Vale
  • Alkina Wine Estate – Barossa

Architecture and landscape

  • Shaw + Smith – Adelaide Hills
  • Château Tanunda – Barossa
  • Yangarra Estate Vineyard – McLaren Vale

Art and culture

  • 1837 Barossa – Barossa
  • Grapes of Mirth – multi-region

Innovative wine tourism experiences

  • Sidewood Estate – Adelaide Hills
  • Kimbolton Wines – Langhorne Creek
  • Golding Wines – Adelaide Hills
  • Gemtree Wines – McLaren Vale
  • Penfolds Magill Estate – Adelaide

Wine tourism restaurant

  • The Currant Shed – McLaren Vale
  • Coriole Vineyards – McLaren Vale
  • Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard – Adelaide Hills

Wine tourism services

  • Simon Tolley Wines – Adelaide Hills
  • Elderton Wines – Barossa
  • Pindarie Wines – Barossa 

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