Penfolds’ Magill Estate named SA’s wine tourism best

Image: Mike and Melissa Brown from Gemtree Wines.

Penfolds’ Magill Estate has been named the International Best of Wine Tourism Award winner at the 2022 Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism Awards.

Penfold’s topped the list of winners in the awards presented at the Cheesefest – Gather and Graze event in Adelaide.

South Australia Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the awards recognise each winners’ commitment to providing leading wine tourism experiences.

“From the expansive, picturesque Adelaide Hills views offered by the accommodation at Simon Tolley Wines to the sensory cellar door odyssey offered by Chalk Hill Wines, these businesses offer experiences that make people want to come back for more,” said Minister Basham.

“The award winners are made even more special by the fact many of their visitors this year have been South Australians due to COVID-19.

“Due to border restrictions, we have seen a surge in South Australians out and about exploring their own backyard and they have taken part in the first class wine tourism experiences that international and interstate tourists often get to.

“In this Year of South Australian Wine, I congratulate each of these winning wineries who are offering visitors, from near and far, experiences that engage the imagination as well as the palate.”

Gemtree Wines were also awarded alongside fellow McLaren Vale winemakers Chalk Hill for their sustainable wine tourism.

McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association general manager Jennifer Lynch is thrilled two of the region’s wineries have been recognised alongside a distinguishable line up of South Australian wine businesses.

“Congratulations to Chalk Hill Wines and Gemtree Wines – two deserving winners with exemplary wine tourism offerings and immersive visitor experiences,” said Lynch.

Chosen from 18 finalists in the Awards’ sixth year, the winners are:

  • Accommodation – Simon Tolley Wines – Adelaide Hills
  • Architecture and Landscape – Lake Breeze Wines – Langhorne Creek
  • Innovative Wine Tourism Practices – Chalk Hill Wines – McLaren Vale
  • Wine Tourism Restaurant – Penfold’s Magill Estate – Adelaide
  • Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices – (JOINT WINNER) – Gemtree Wines, McLaren Vale & Banrock Station, Riverland
  • Wine Tourism Services – Elderton Wines – Barossa

Penfolds’ Magill Estate will be unveiled, alongside the nominees from 10 other Great Wine Capitals of the world, at the international awards at the Great Wine Capitals Annual General Meeting on 28 October 2021.


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