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. 

Bird in Hand Winery, Adelaide Hills

Bird in Hand is a family owned winery located in the heart of the stunning Adelaide Hills just outside Woodside. The winery is well known by South Australian wine lovers for their fabulous selection of cool climate wines.  In addition to their talent and passion for producing fine wine, Bird in Hand also have a demonstrated track record of contributing to the local and international cultural arts scene.


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