Seppeltsfield estate has dominated South Australia’s inaugural entry into the Great Wine Capitals Awards, being recognised as the state’s premier wine destination for ‘Art & Culture’ and for achieving ‘Excellence in Wine Tourism Services’.
The Great Wine Capitals Awards are the first major initiative as a result of Adelaide joining the global membership in 2016. The network annexes Adelaide to other major cities linked to internationally-renowned wine regions and via an annual awards/benchmarking program, recognises leadership, innovation and excellence in wine tourism.
Adelaide’s membership to the Great Wine Capitals consortium now cites the city as a peer of globally prestigious wine destinations, including Bordeaux (France), Cape Town (South Africa) and the Napa Valley (USA).
Seppeltsfield itself joins such properties as Chateau Bouscaut (Bordeaux), Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate (Cape Town/Franschhoek) and Quinta Do Crasto (Porto) as previous regional winners of the Wine Tourism Services and Art & Culture categories.
The awards will see Seppeltsfield and five other award winners progress to represent Australia in the international awards program, to be held in Portugal in November. Fellow Barossa Valley estates The Louise (Accommodation) and Kalleske Wines (Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices), join Seppeltsfield’s double-win in securing four of the seven state awards to the Barossa region itself.
The Great Wine Capitals Awards for Seppeltsfield follows further significant endorsement of the property in recent months, being announced as 2016 Drinks International ‘Best Visitor Centre’. The international awards recognise strategy, proposition, investment and creativity required to turn a vineyard into an attractive long-term tourist attraction.
Completing a month of successes in September, Seppeltsfield’s wine offer itself has also been graced with recognition, with the Solero DP116 Aged Flor Apera being awarded Trophy for Best Fortified Wine and Best Museum White Fortified Wine, at the 2016 Barossa Wine Show.