Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre has again been given the nod as one of the State’s best tourism attractions, winning the Best Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services category at the South Australian Tourism Awards on November 23rd.
The Centre, located in the heart of Australia’s most famous wine region, the Barossa Valley, won the award for its signature dining experience – Jacob’s Restaurant – and was inducted into the Hall of Fame after winning the award in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre Manager, Elaine Ratcliffe, says the Centre attracts more than 150,000 annual visitors, who hail from across the globe as well as domestically.
“Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre offers so much more than the average cellar door or restaurant which ensures a memorable visit for our thousands of local, national and international visitors each year. It’s our friendly, wine-educated staff, great facilities and a beautiful setting that make the difference,” Ms Ratcliffe said.
Ms Ratcliffe said the picturesque 42-hectare visitor centre precinct is a true Australian tourism success story and that is reflected in the broad experiences on offer to visitors with a range of activities both indoors and out.
“Jacob’s Restaurant offers visitors lunches consisting of the best of South Australia’s local produce in our seasonal contemporary Australian menu designed by renowned Executive Chef Genevieve Harris, which is perfectly matched with Jacob’s Creek wine,” Ms Ratcliffe said.
“From exploring our heritage and the history of Jacob’s Creek and the Barossa wine region in our interpretive display, visitors can also enjoy the wine that Jacob’s Creek is famous for through either casual or structured wine tastings, or twice daily tours of our demonstration vineyard.
“Our visitors can spend the time exploring our stunning grounds with a walk along our trails to see many places of interest including a picnic area along Jacob’s Creek and our extensive native gardens filled with more than 4500 plants.
“We are committed to nurturing the environs at Jacob’s Creek with a dedicated program to revegetate and restore the area to its natural state, as well as reducing our environmental footprint with initiatives such as giant solar panels to help power the Centre.
“Our aim is to provide a location where visitors can linger and experience true Australian character in a variety of ways and the Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre has something to suit everyone,” she said.