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.

Dudley Brown and Irina Santiago-Brown are mid-life converts to winegrowing and winemaking. After leaving overseas careers in high tech and government to move to Australia they’ve since become fanatical wine industry participants.  

There’s an energy about some places which simply draws you in - a cheeky, light-hearted and genuine spirit that is simply, enchanting. With its spectacular views over rolling vineyards to the coast and the Lloyd family at the helm, Coriole vineyards is one such place.

The history of Penfolds and how Grange came to be sounds like a proper mystery novel. Years of secret winemaking by Max Schubert leading to one of the most iconic South Australian wines, the rise of its intriguing counterpoint found in St. Henri Shiraz, and a thriving wine business led by a women (in possession of a lock of Rob Roys hair) not much unlike the Grande Dame at the wheel of Veuve Clicquot.

South Australia’s McLaren Vale wine region, just 35 minutes south of Adelaide City, has a strong tradition to celebrate the commencement of harvest. Held at Wirra Wirra, one of McLaren Vales oldest and most significant wineries, the annual McLaren Vale Bell Ringing Ceremony and Districts Tasting heralds the beginning of a new vintage. It’s a special event allowing winemakers and cellar staff from around the region to get together for one last time before vintage kicks off in earnest, and they spend many long days, weeks and months in their wineries.

Gemtree Wines - Best Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices 

Adelaide | South Australia

Heads up: the words ‘wine tourism’ always scare me a little bit. I have two images pop up in my mind when I see these two words strung together, and personally I do not think either of them is very pretty.

During the last decade or two, wine and food have finally coalesced into a harmonious experience for Australians. No longer do we associate fine dining with indoor spaces, pressed napkins and an array of cutlery. Our food industry features the best of what South Australia has to offer in locally-sourced fresh produce and showcases it in al fresco settings in the city, country regions and at our cellar doors.

The Lane – “Bring your tastebuds, leave your stilettos at home” 

Best Wine Tourism Restaurant

As soon as you drive up to visit the Lane in the Adelaide Hills you get a taste of the three-pronged attack on the accolade for Best Restaurant in the Great Wine Capitals Awards: The View.

It’s not hard to see why South Australia holds a place among nine other Great Wine Capitals of the World.

The first European settlers to Adelaide and surrounding regions recognised the potential to produce wines from its soils, aided by a Mediterranean climate which encompassed the spectrum from freezing winters to hot, arid summers. Vineyards were planted in and around the colony soon after its establishment, and further afield in the fertile valleys of Clare and the Barossa.

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