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McLaren Vale announces most outstanding cellar door person

The McLaren Vale Cellar Door Committee have announced that Mark Van Gestel from Primo Estate is the winner for the most outstanding cellar door person in the Vale.

The five runners-up are Ashley Doyle from Pertaringa, Grant Tindale from Penny's Hill, Cynthea Semmens from Woodstock, Simon King from Kangarilla Road, and Mary Coverdale from d’Arenberg.

The annual award helps the region’s wineries work together and generate a sense of collective pride and encourage a high level of customer service and commitment.

McLaren Vale Grape, Wine and Tourism Association Executive Officer Sandie Holmes said the goal of the Cellar Door Committee is to have McLaren Vale recognised as the best cellar door region in Australia.

“We see our cellar door staff as fully-fledged ambassadors of the region and it’s great to see Mark win the award for 2008,” Sandie said.

“The Most Outstanding Cellar Door Person is judged by consumer surveys and an independent judging panel and the competition is always tightly contested.”

Judges have been visiting participating cellar doors over the past four months to assess each candidate on a range of criteria such as product knowledge, presentation, communication, attitude and regional knowledge.

For the past 10 years, workforce solutions company SKILLED has supported the awards and this year SKILLED Regional Manager Shane Hunt will present the award to Mark.

“Our sponsorship allows the winner to select a trip to a destination of their choice anywhere in the world to visit other wineries to learn new skills to bring back to South Australia,” said Shane. “We’re committed to supporting the development of highly-skilled and knowledgeable ambassadors for the state and we’re confident that Mark will make the most of this opportunity.”

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