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14 June 2018

Wintry weather over the June long weekend didn't keep the crowds from enjoying the annual McLaren Vale Sea & Vines Festival, with more than fifteen thousand visitors to the region over three days.

With a maximum of 15 degrees across the weekend, Festival-goers rugged up to enjoy McLaren Vale's renowned hospitality with 55 events hosted across 26 participating venues.

McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association General Manager, Jennifer Lynch notes the culinary and winemaking traditions of the coastal wine region remains at the heart of the Festival's celebration.

"Now in its 26th year, the Sea & Vines Festival event offering has evolved from its early years centred around the region's abundance of local seafood - however the spirit of regional collaboration remains unrivalled," said Ms Lynch.

"Our participating Producers showcase the very best of the region's immersive food and wine experiences across the weekend, demonstrating what is on offer in McLaren Vale year-round."

All discerning tastes were catered to with Saturday’s events perfectly suited to culinary appetites that favoured long lunches, structured wine flights, live music and cooking demonstrations. Sunday was dubbed the ‘ultimate wine tour’ with Sunday Experience ticket-holders enjoying the hospitality of three different winery venues and Monday’s public holiday showcased family-fun with food truck fare and activities for little kids and big kids alike.

Working closely with SAPOL and the Liquor Licensing branch in the lead up to and during the Festival ensured community and patron safety remained a priority.

For further event information, please visit seaandvines.com.au

Media Enquiries:

Lucy Gosling, Marketing and Communications Manager, MVGWTA
P: +61 8 8323 8999, E: Lucy@mclarenvale.info


28 March 2018

In early February, industry-leading sustainability professionals from around the world met in Verona, Italy for the Sustainable Winegrowing Summit (SWS).

Believed to be the first of its kind, the Summit attracted an international audience of more than 100 attendees eager to learn about state-of-the-art sustainable winegrowing programs and low environmental impact grape production.

James Hook - McLaren Vale vigneron and agronomist, was a guest speaker representing McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association in a moderated discussion about the region's Sustainable Australia Winegrowing (SAW) program, which is now operating throughout major wine grape growing region’s in Australia, including the Barossa.

Speakers joining James on the panel included Olga Bussinello (Consorzio per la Tutela dei Vini Valpolicella), Beth Vukmanic Lopez (SIP certified), Willi Klinger (Austrian Wine Marketing Board), Steve Lohr (California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance) and Stephanie L. Bolton (Lodi Sustainable Winegrowing Commission).

The McLaren Vale-born SAW Program provided an exceptional case study as the leading sustainability program for grapegrowing in Australia.

The Program was initially developed by local McLaren Vale growers in 2010 with funding support from the South Australian State Government and aims to assist grape growers to continually improve their operations by becoming more sustainable and reducing environmental impacts. 

The Program is based on triple bottom-line methods of sustainability: environment, social and economic.  It encourages grapegrowing practices that are sensitive to the environment and the
community, and that are economically feasible to implement and maintain.

In the 2016/17 growing season, the SAW program was implemented across 206 distinct sites in McLaren Vale, representing 65% of McLaren Vale’s total crush (worth $45.5m of the $70m total).

James commended key organiser, the International Sustainable Winegrowing Network for providing an international platform for important and timely information sharing.

"There is a great need to share our knowledge. Some of our own local issues and solutions, especially regarding heatwaves - made more common by climate change and irrigation issues - are extremely useful to regions like Valpolicella, which are now facing heatwaves and water shortages for the first time,” said James.

“The level we need to think about sustainability is global, because we are all part of the same global system.”  

Olga Bussinello, Director of the Valpolicella Wine Board was grateful for the case studies.

“Today, 114 companies cover a total of 915 hectares (in Valpolicella), but our goal is to obtain the certification of 60% of the entire area through our RRR sustainability program. We will therefore be continuing to work with other regions to see if common approaches can be found,” said Olga.

The Summit will become an annual event, hosted in a different international location each year.

Media Enquiries:

Lucy Gosling, Marketing and Communications Manager, MVGWTA
P: +61 8 8323 8999, E: Lucy@mclarenvale.info


30 October 2017

McLaren Vale’s Best Wine of Show and prestigious ‘Bushing King’ title was awarded at the 53rd annual MGA Insurance McLaren Vale Winemakers Bushing Lunch held at Serafino Wines.

The 2016 Kay Brothers Griffon’s Key Grenache was the highest scoring wine of the 2017 Wine Show as judged by an impressive panel of international and Australian judges including Emma Symington MW – Wine Australia UK, Fiona Donald – Seppeltsfield, Andrew Thomas - Thomas Wines and Virginia Willcock - Vasse Felix.

Chair of Judges, David LeMire MW has praised the quality of wines entered into this year’s Show, particularly the Grenache classes.

"The Grenache classes were exciting to judge. The brilliant resource of mature vines seems to be more valued by growers, makers, and drinkers than ever before,” said Mr LeMire.

This year’s McLaren Vale Wine Show received 757 entries from 101 producers, with 47 gold medals awarded to 27 different producers.

Building on the excitement of hosting the inaugural James Halliday Grenache Challenge, McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association General Manager, Jennifer Lynch is thrilled the annual Wine Show continues to gain momentum and recognition in the Australian judging circuit.

“The McLaren Vale Wine Show showcases our premium wines, our unique place and our producer’s multi-generational stories,” said Ms Lynch.

“Our region’s Grenache history dates back to the 1800s so it is incredibly exciting to note the 2017 Best Wine of Show has been awarded to a Grenache wine and to one of our region’s oldest family-owned producers – Kay Brothers and winemaker Duncan Kennedy are very deserving recipients.”

All gold medal-winning wines will be available for public tasting in both Adelaide and Melbourne.

The ‘McLaren Vale meets Leigh Street’ pop-up event will be held on Friday November 10 in Adelaide, followed by an additional pop-up tasting event at Federation Square in Melbourne on Friday December 1.

Media Enquiries:

Lucy Gosling, Marketing and Communications Manager, MVGWTA
P: +61 8 8323 8999, E: Lucy@mclarenvale.info


27 October 2017

Embargoed until 4pm, 27 October 2017

McLaren Vale’s Best Wine of Show and prestigious ‘Bushing King’ title was awarded at the 53rd annual MGA Insurance McLaren Vale Winemakers Bushing Lunch held at Serafino Wines.

The 2016 Kay Brothers Griffon’s Key Grenache was the highest scoring wine of the 2017 Wine Show as judged by an impressive panel of international and Australian judges including Emma Symington MW – Wine Australia UK, Fiona Donald – Seppeltsfield, Andrew Thomas - Thomas Wines and Virginia Willcock - Vasse Felix.

Chair of Judges, David LeMire MW has praised the quality of wines entered into this year’s Show, particularly the Grenache classes.

"The Grenache classes were exciting to judge. The brilliant resource of mature vines seems to be more valued by growers, makers, and drinkers than ever before,” said Mr LeMire.

This year’s McLaren Vale Wine Show received 757 entries from 101 producers, with 47 gold medals awarded to 27 different producers.

Building on the excitement of hosting the inaugural James Halliday Grenache Challenge, McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association General Manager, Jennifer Lynch is thrilled the annual Wine Show continues to gain momentum and recognition in the Australian judging circuit.

“The McLaren Vale Wine Show showcases our premium wines, our unique place and our producer’s multi-generational stories,” said Ms Lynch.

“Our region’s Grenache history dates back to the 1800s so it is incredibly exciting to note the 2017 Best Wine of Show has been awarded to a Grenache wine and to one of our region’s oldest family-owned producers – Kay Brothers and winemaker Duncan Kennedy are very deserving recipients.”

All gold medal-winning wines will be available for public tasting in both Adelaide and Melbourne.

The ‘McLaren Vale meets Leigh Street’ pop-up event will be held on Friday, November 10 in Adelaide, followed by an additional pop-up tasting event at Federation Square in Melbourne on Friday, December 1.

Full results book can be viewed here:

Media Enquiries:

Lucy Gosling, Marketing and Communications Manager, MVGWTA
P: +61 8 8323 8999, E: Lucy@mclarenvale.info


13 October 2017

In recognition of World Tourism Day - September 27 - McLaren Vale producers are toasting to the region’s collective achievements following a recent suite of tourism awards.

Chapel Hill and Coriole were named winners in the 2018 South Australian Best of Wine Tourism Awards. The awards program is a part of Adelaide’s membership in the Great Wine Capitals Global Network, recognising leadership, innovation and excellence in wine tourism.

From more than 30 submissions across South Australia’s 18 wine regions, Chapel Hill won in the architecture and landscape category while Coriole won arts and culture.

The winners of the South Australian awards program may now be selected for inclusion in the International Best of Wine Tourism Awards, held in Chile in November.

CEO and Chief Winemaker, Michael Fragos, credits the united efforts of the Chapel Hill team in continuing the dream and vision of Chapel Hill Founder, Tom Nelson.

“The team from Chapel Hill have all contributed to continuing our founder Tom Nelson’s dream and vision for the little derelict Chapel on top of the hill. We are proud to be one of the regions premier tourism destinations and will continue to improve and innovate to ensure we continue to contribute to the success of the McLaren Vale wine region,” said Mr Fragos.

Locally, Doc Adams’ new cellar door was hailed ‘Cellar Door of the Year’ as part of the 2017 Kaleidoscopic Travel McLaren Vale Cellar Door of the Year Awards, recognising that exceptional wine and regional knowledge and service is a result of teamwork.

Doc Adams Managing Director, Adam Jacobs is honoured to be recognised by his peers.

"It is a magnificent honour and privilege to be awarded ‘Cellar Door of the Year’ and we will continue to passionately promote the region as we host our valued domestic and international customers,” said Mr Adams.

McLaren Vale Cellar Door Committee Co-Chair, David Graham believes the annual awards reflect the true nature of exceptional cellar door service to the many thousands of wine tourism visitors to McLaren Vale.

“The 2017 Kaleidoscopic Travel Cellar Door of the Year Awards is McLaren Vale’s way of recognising the enormous effort and commitment our Cellar Door staff showcase on a daily basis -  not only to promote their wines, but the region as a whole,” said Mr Graham

“Congratulations to Doc Adams on taking out the 2017 Cellar Door of the Year it certainly was very close competition and very well deserved.”

Along with Doc Adams, four individual cellar door staff were awarded ‘Stars of the Region’ titles, including Dani Gaggl and Jon Overcash from Coriole, Anna Mangan from Kangarilla Road and Lin Fischer from Doc Adams.

McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association General Manager, Jennifer Lynch notes the importance in recognising businesses and individuals that support the enhancement of McLaren Vale’s tourism offering.

“McLaren Vale’s reputation in producing premium wine and providing exceptional wine tourism experiences continues to grow and develop – it’s an exciting time,” said Ms Lynch.

“The wine tourism industry is crucial for our economic growth and creating jobs in our region as well as enhancing the state’s premium wine reputation in international markets and amongst key industry stakeholders, across the globe.”

Media Enquiries:

Lucy Gosling, Marketing and Communications, MVGWTA
P: +61 8 8323 8999, E: Lucy@mclarenvale.info


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