06 Sep 2023

Top drops with top tourism experiences

Old Chaff Mill Retreat, Fleurieu Peninsula
Old Chaff Mill Retreat, Fleurieu Peninsula

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.
This year’s program, made possible through Adelaide South Australia’s standing as a Great Wine Capital of the World, saw 29 applications received from seven wine regions across South Australia.
Held annually, the Best of Wine Tourism Awards recognise the role wine tourism has in strengthening the state’s economy through innovation, sustainability, and service excellence.
SA winners go on to compete in the Global Best Of Wine Tourism Awards, up against front-runners from other Great Wine Capitals such as Bordeaux and Napa Valley.
Last year’s global awards held in Argentina saw a South Australian wine tourism experience, ‘Grapes for Good and Zoos SA’ started by Langhorne Creek based Kimbolton Wines, take out one of the top titles. 
The shortlisted entrants for 2024 announced today will go to the judging panel, which consists of Helen Edwards AM, Chair of the South Australian Regional Visitor Strategy steering committee, and wine writers Nick Ryan and Tony Love.
The winner of each category will be revealed at an awards ceremony in October and will then go to an international jury for the 2024 Global Best of Wine Tourism Awards to be presented in Lausanne, Switzerland in late October.
The 2024 shortlists:

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

All of the shortlisted entrants will be considered for the Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices award.
The awards program is coordinated by the Great Wine Capital steering committee which includes representatives from the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA), South Australian Tourism Commission, South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA), University of Adelaide, and University of South Australia.
Minister for Tourism, Zoe Bettison said wine tourism is one of the state’s key strengths, and it is 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," Minister Bettison said.
"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 the 18 wine regions of South Australia and the world-class wine produced are something that should make everyone 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," Minister Scriven said.