By Nick Carne
If you’re looking for a new wine tour itinerary to impress interstate and overseas visitors, try making your way to each of the Great Wine Capitals award winners.
Covering multiple wine regions, this trail brings together six of our best when it comes to offering modern wine tourism experiences. Alongside great reds, whites and bubbles there’s food, art, culture, walking trails and even the chance to ride a Segway!
Adelaide is now a member of the prestigious Great Wine Capitals Global Network (alongside the likes of Bordeaux and the Napa Valley) and each year will select a winner in seven wine tourism categories to take on the best from the nine other regions.
In our inaugural year we were represented by Seppeltsfield Estate, Kalleske Wines and The Louise from the Barossa Valley, Primo Estate in McLaren Vale, Skillogalee in Clare and Banrock Station in the Riverland – and they did us proud.
Seppeltsfield won the category for wine tourism services, and the international judges were impressed by the quality of all of our entries and what they said about our wine industry.
“Seppeltsfield’s visitor experience is a good example of how a cellar door can be developed to become something dynamic and quite distinct — it’s also a good example of how South Australia is leading on the international stage,” said Jo Collins, who chairs Adelaide’s Great Wine Capitals Steering Committee.
“Many of our international colleagues can’t believe the age of South Australian wines — for example, Seppeltsfield’s unbroken lineage of single vintage tawny starting from 1878.
“Being part of the network acknowledges South Australia’s excellence in grape and wine production and lifts the bar in terms of our international profile.”
Seppeltsfield Estate won the local award in two categories last year (arts and culture as well as wine tourism services), reflecting just how impressive its recent expansion and redevelopment have been. If you haven’t been there for a while, perhaps now is the time.
Kalleske won for its sustainable tourism practices, The Louise for accommodation, Primo Estate for architecture, Skillogalee for its restaurant and Banrock Station for its world-class wetlands and wine tourism offering. You can learn more about each of them here.
It may be too much for a single wine tour, but it’s a great starting point.
Adelaide is unique within the Great Wine Capitals Global Network because our membership covers, and thus acknowledges, all 18 of South Australia’s wine regions.
Featured Image: Yalumba Estate in Angaston