Best of Wine Tourism Awards 2019

The Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism Awards celebrate innovation and excellence in wine tourism in the regions of these ten great wine capitals and provides an opportunity for wineries to gain exposure and recognition for their commitment to providing leading wine tourism experiences. The winners of this local awards program can then go into the running to win an International Best of Wine Tourism Award, giving you global exposure of your brand, as well as allowing your business to benchmark with overseas wine tourism offerings and truly compare what is on offer in the Great Wine Capitals of the World.

This year the local and international awards will be presented at the Gala Dinner on Thursday 8 November 2018 as part of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network AGM in Adelaide, South Australia.


Applications are open until 5pm Friday 7 September 2018.

Application forms and entry details


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Award categories

The categories that you can apply under are:

  1. Accommodation
    This category is for wineries/vineyards that provide guest accommodation on the premises in the form of Hotel, Motel, Bed and Breakfast or Cabins and must be located on a winery/vineyard.
  2. Architecture and Landscape
    This category is relevant for wineries/vineyards with residential and commercial buildings (historic homestead, cellar door) and/or working buildings (storehouses, cellars, vat chambers) which are part of the venue and have special or noteworthy architectural design elements or characteristics, whether historic or contemporary. The venue may also offer parks, landscaped gardens, panoramic views and vistas where these features make up a significant part of the visitor experience.
  3. Art and Culture
    This category is for wineries/vineyards that host an on-site museum or gallery with temporary and/or permanent collections related to the arts and cultures. It is also for wineries/vineyards offering specific events linked to any form of art (concerts, plays, ballets, artistic workshops, etc.). The business must offer collection/exhibition/cultural events on at least a monthly basis throughout the year (i.e. not just a once off event in the year).
  4. Innovative Wine Tourism Experience
    This category is relevant for wineries that offer special and innovative, educational and/or other leisure activities and experiences for individuals and groups at the winery, at the cellar door or on the winery property. This could also include wineries which stage on-site wine and food events. It may also apply to wineries working together and who have developed one program of visits in common, a program based on a specific theme. The winery must offer these experiences on a regular basis throughout the year (i.e. not just a once off event in the year).
  5. Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices
    This category is appropriate for wineries/vineyards that have implemented environmental practices and sustainable innovations and developments, both in the vineyards (with organic farming practices for example) and in the winery (with reduced energy consumption for example) as long as they aim to enhance the visitor experience.
  6. Wine Tourism Restaurant
    This category is for wineries that operate restaurant facilities at the winery/vineyard and who provide a quality wine and food experience, using local or regional produce.
  7. Wine Tourism Services
    This category is relevant for wineries/vineyards that excel in their cellar door service offering. The cellar door experience must stand out as a memorable one and the winery must offer a personal experience that sets it apart from its competitors. The cellar door must be a place where visitors can interact with the product, the winemaker and experience first-hand, the diversity the winery has to offer. This category focuses on the overall tourism experience and includes aspects such as comfort of venue facilities, signage and knowledgeable, personable staff.

Previous award winners

The 2018 winners for Adelaide, South Australia were:

View 2017 award winners

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