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Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, has accepted the Great Wine Capitals Global Network’s invitation to become the network’s ninth member, joining Bilbao | Rioja (Spain), Bordeaux (France), Cape Town | Cape Winelands (South Africa), Mainz | Rheinhessen (Germany), Mendoza (Argentina), Porto (Portugal), and Valparaiso | Casablanca Valley (Chile).
Adelaide, home of the National Wine Centre and the country’s major industry representative and research organizations, is the gateway to the 18 wine regions of South Australia, most of which are within one or two hours by car.
Viticulture and winemaking have been practiced in the region practically since the founding of the colony. Vineyards were first planted in the 1840s in the area north of Adelaide which came to be known as the Barossa Valley.
Today, South Australian wineries produce almost 80 per cent of the country’s premium wine and half of Australia’s bottled wine.
In his announcement of Adelaide’s acceptance of membership, South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill stated, “South Australia excels in producing premium wine and providing exceptional wine tourism. These industries are crucial for our economic growth and creating jobs in our regions.” “Being a member of the Great Wine Capitals will ensure these industries continue to grow.”
Juan María Sáenz de Buruaga, president of the Great Wine Capitals said, “I wish Adelaide a warm welcome as a new member of our organization. I am sure that your commitment to producing quality wine, supporting wine tourism and promoting education and research in the wine sector will be a great contribution to the continued success of the network.”