South Australia Shines On International Wine Stage

South Australia Shines On International Wine Stage

South Australia Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell

South Australia Shines On International Stage At Great Wine Capitals Event

Victor P Taffa

Barossa winery, Seppeltsfield, has won the prestigious title of Best Wine Tourism Service at the Great Wine Capitals event in Portugal.

Seppeltsfield was recognised as a global leader in its field by an international panel of wine tourism professionals.

“It’s been a fantastic week for South Australia in Portugal. It was our State’s first opportunity on the international stage as a member of the Great Wine Capitals global network and we did ourselves proud.” Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said.

Held in Porto the award ceremony, was followed by the announcement Adelaide has won its bid to host the 2018 Great Wine Capitals annual general meeting and industry conference. The event will attract wine, food and tourism leaders to South Australia.

“This award comes fittingly in the month we celebrated the third anniversary of JamFactory’s arrival to the Seppeltsfield estate the real game changer to our art tourism and significant to the rebirth of our home as a multi-layered ‘village’.” Seppeltsfield Proprietor and Managing Director Warren Randall said.

South Australia’s double win was topped off with an invitation to attend the Mainz Wine Festival in Germany in August next year. The event is expected to attract more than 500,000 visitors, providing yet another platform to further promote SA’s premium wine to the world.

“The State’s wine industry generates almost $1.8 billion in revenue, with $1.2 Billion of this from wine exports to countries including the United Kingdom, China and Hong Kong, the US and Canada.” Mr. Bignell said.

SA Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell

SA Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell









In total, 7 South Australian businesses represented our State at this week’s Great Wine Capitals Award ceremony.

  • Accommodation: The Louise (Barossa)
  • Architecture and Landscape: Primo Estate (McLaren Vale)
  • Art and Culture: Seppeltsfield Estate (Barossa)
  • Innovative Wine Tourism Experience: Banrock Station (Riverland)
  • Wine Tourism Restaurants: Skillogalee (Clare Valley)
  • Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices: Kalleske Wines (Barossa)
  • Wine Tourism Services: Seppeltsfield Estate (Barossa)

Great Wine Capitals is a global network which brings together world-class wine capital cities which have demonstrated excellence in grape and wine production, a commitment to research and development and support for education and wine tourism services.