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Wine tourism awards now open for South Australians

Nominations are now open for all South Australian wine producers for the 2025 Great Wine Captial’s Best of Wine Tourism Awards.

The annual 2025 Best of Wine Tourism Award facilitates local industries to gain experience and expertise in their chosen field, sharing what has been learned upon their return to the state.

Through South Australia’s membership of the Great Wine Capital Global Network (GWCGN), the nation’s representative will compete with international competitors in six award categories.

These categories include accommodation, architecture and landscape, art and culture, culinary experiences, innovative wine tourism experiences, wine tourism services, and sustainable wine tourism practices.

South Australia has seen global success in this award.

Clare Scriven, member of the South Australian Legislative Council, acknowledges the significance of the awards to local wine businesses.

“The Best Of Wine Tourism Awards gives us a chance to recognise the great things the South Australian wine industry achieves despite challenges that have arisen for the industry over recent years, and further solidifies our place as a Great Wine Capital of the world,” said Scriven.

At the 2024 global awards held in Switzerland, Barossa Valley winery Alkina Wine Estate took home the Global Best Of Wine Tourism Award for Wine Tourism Accommodation.

In past iterations of the program, successful participants have comprehended using technology to enhance sustainability during drought and extreme heat, climate change adaptation solutions, cellar door experiences, and irrigation practices.

Alkinda Wine Estate managing director, and winemaker, Amelia Nolan, winery and wine tourism services should consider entering the awards.

“The recognition off the back of this award, while providing a plethora of media, has also enabled us to attract a global community of luxury accommodation lovers, bringing in guests from far and wide, who can then experience not only Alkina, but the Barossa as a whole.

“Any winery, whether it be with accommodation, architecture and/or wine tourism services should consider entering the Awards to not only test themselves against others in their region, but also to project and benchmark their offering on a global scale,” said Nolan.

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