19 South Australian wineries shortlisted in Best Of Wine Tourism Awards

View from the tasting room at Shaw + Smith in Balhannah. Image courtesy Shaw + Smith

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 yesterday 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.

“Wine tourism is one of our state’s key strengths, and it’s fantastic to be able to recognise the operators doing wonderful things in this space,” said Zoe Bettison, Minister for Tourism and Multicultural Affairs in South Australia.

“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.

“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.”

Clare Scriven, Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, said that the 18 wine regions of South Australia ‘should make us all 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,” said Scriven.

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