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Sevenhill cellars celebrates major tourism award

On Saturday, November 11, Sevenhill Cellars took out the prestigious ‘Tourism Wineries’ category at the 2006 South Australian Tourism Awards.

Out of a record 120 entries, a total of 29 awards were presented to tourism businesses and individuals judged to be the most outstanding in their specific category.

Tourism Minister, Jane Lomax-Smith, was full of praise for all entrants saying: “These are outstanding businesses from right across the State which really add to the enjoyment and memories of the millions of visitors who experience South Australia each year.”

Being a major category winner at the Tourism Awards, Sevenhill will now represent South Australia at the Australian Tourism Awards in February 2007, held in Sydney.

The highly-prized South Australian Tourism award comes on the back of a very successful year for Sevenhill Cellars. Most notably, the revered 2006 Sevenhill Clare Valley Riesling won a gold medal at the recent 2006 Royal Adelaide Wine Show. Here, Sevenhill’s outstanding Riesling beat off a majority of Australia’s best wine producers to win the coveted ‘JB McMahon Trophy’ – awarded to the best white wine under $20.

Whilst Sevenhill was originally set up by the Jesuits to provide sacramental wine for religious purposes in 1851, today, Clare Valley’s oldest winery is more commonly known for their divine range of award-winning white, red and fortified wines. And, under the vast experience of Liz Heidenreich (the first ever female Sevenhill winemaker in the company’s esteemed 155-year history), the thirst for awards and accolades is destined to continue.

Also sharing the limelight for the recent tourism and wine awards is Sevenhill Cellars and celebrated Clare Valley icon, Brother John May SJ. For more than 30 years, Brother John has been the face of Sevenhill and the voice of the beautiful Clare Valley. Still overseeing winemaking at Sevenhill, Brother John also regularly guides visitors through the historic winery and is a much-loved ambassador of the popular winemaking region.

New Sevenhill General Manager, Neville Rowe, was understandably ecstatic with the recent South Australian Tourism and Royal Show wine awards. Neville concludes: “The Sevenhill secret is paying homage to the historical and religious importance of the winery, whilst keeping up with the times and embracing the future. Given our recent awards and the huge emphasis we place on regional wine quality and tourism, the future of Sevenhill Cellars looks extremely bright indeed”.

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