Adelaide

November 3, 2018 to November 9, 2018

This vibrant city and its supporting 18 wine regions will welcome the delegates to South Australia, a destination that comprises the most ancient soils on earth, the oldest continuously producing vines, a diverse array of coastal, hillside, and valley sites, and increasingly understands the special confluence of location, history, geology and culture that shapes the evolution of distinctive wine, memorable experiences and great gastronomy.

Here, new innovation rubs shoulders with old ways; seventh generation vigneron mix with new, millennial start-ups; 150 year old ancestor vines vie with new alternative varieties, and fine wine collectables share the same table with bio-dynamic, next generation funk. Add in a dynamic restaurant and bar scene that artfully blends old with new, and east with west, and you have a wildly-fermenting starter culture of its own!

The common thread that holds this exuberant story together is simple: a proud inheritance that we are determined to maintain in a sustainable way, and a natural desire to continue to challenge, explore, learn and share.

Adelaide, South Australia: Welcome to Old World; New World; Our World.

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Primo Estate in McLaren Vale has won the Architecture and Landscape category in South Australia’s inaugural Best of Wine Tourism Awards. The awards were held as part of Adelaide’s membership of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

When the holiday season rolls around in Adelaide, it can only mean one thing; it is time to head to the beach. At the same time Santa is leaving the North Pole to bring joy to kids all around the world, the mercury is often topping 40degrees in the shade in Sunny Adelaide. 

An international jury made up of Great Wine Capitals network members has awarded McLaren Vale’s Gemtree Wines with the Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism Award for Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices at the Great Wine Capitals Gala Dinner on 7 November.

Imagine having a hobby that is extremely enjoyable to yourself, as it should, but also brings great pleasure to everyone around you. Mark Lloyd from Coriole might think of the successful music and theatre he has been bringing to the rolling hills of McLaren Vale, as he - almost guiltily - mentions them to be more of a personal obsession and a digression to winemaking. But, if you win Great Wine Capitals ‘Best of Art and Culture’ two years in a row, I think it is time to call it more than just a runaway passion.

The months preceding the grape harvest in South Australia are awash with cyclists from the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) WorldTour weaving their way through the wine regions, making great use of an undulating landscape blanketed in orchards and vineyards, and fuelled by coffee… and wine.

The ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ People’s Choice Award is an offshoot of the ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ awards.  The accolade, created in 2018, gives wine tourists from all over the world the opportunity to vote for their favorite wine tourism experience from among the latest winners of a prestigious ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ award.

What are the ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ awards?

Gemtree Wines, McLaren Vale

Sustainability and ecology is at the core of everything Gemtree Wines do. Certified organic and biodynamic, Gemtree has one of the largest certified biodynamic vineyards in Australia. The Cellar Door is sustainably built with recycled materials; powered via a 10kw solar panel system and running off rainwater. 

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