McLaren Vale winery gains global recognition

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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.

The boutique winery was recognised for implementing environmental practices and sustainable innovations and developments enhancing the visitor experience. Co-owner and chief winemaker Mike Brown was thrilled with the win and explained that the experience of wine tourism at the Gemtree Wines cellar door complemented the wine itself.

“We’ve taken the step of fully resourcing the tourism side. It’s not just an adjunct to winemaking; we’re taking wine tourism seriously and it co-exists with our wine brand.

“An important part of being a custodian of the land is that we continue to educate the generations with us at the moment. At our cellar door we can share one-on-one why we farm biodynamically, and people leave us enriched with that information. They can take it away and enhance their own sustainable practices – that’s a core philosophy for our business.”

With a world-class winery on your doorstep, you don’t need another excuse to pay a visit to learn about their principles of winemaking. You can get involved in the voting through the Best Of People’s Choice Award, where South Australian award winners are up against international wine experiences.

The South Australian regional winners you can vote for are:

Bird in Hand (Adelaide Hills)
Gemtree Wines (McLaren Vale)
d'Arenberg Wines (McLaren Vale)
Kimbolton Wines (Langhorne Creek)
Lanzerac Country Estate (Barossa)
Maxwell Wines (McLaren Vale)
Yalumba Family Winemakers (Barossa)

You can vote here