Legislative Council: Tuesday, November 29, 2022


Great Wine Capitals Awards

The Hon. J.E. HANSON (15:06): My question is to the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development. Will the minister inform the chamber about the recent Great Wine Capitals People's Choice Awards local award winner?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (15:07): I thank the honourable member for his question and his ongoing interest in this topic. Once again, a South Australian winemaker has received accolades on the world stage, with the Great Wine Capitals People's Choice Awards naming Oliver's Taranga Vineyards in McLaren Vale as the winner of the Wine Tourism Services Award for 2023.

There were seven categories of awards—Accommodation, Architecture and Landscape, Art and Culture, Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences, Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices, Wine Tourism Restaurants and of course the award that has been presented to Oliver's Taranga Vineyards, the Wine Tourism Services Award.

With winners of the awards representing a range of famous wine regions—that also happen to be great World Cup soccer nations like Australia—including France, Spain and Italy, Oliver's Taranga Vineyards sits comfortably amongst the great wineries found anywhere in the world.

The Oliver family history is one of six generations and over 180 years of growers and winemakers who produce perfect fruit that becomes even better wine, with Mataro, grenache, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, vermentino, tempranillo and much more being found on their McLaren Vale property. To give an indication of the premium quality produce grown, they also sell the grapes to a range of other household and worldwide names in wine, such as d'Arenberg, Penfolds, Wirra Wirra and Seppeltsfield.

The reason they have won this award is for their incredible contribution to wine tourism. With a newly renovated cellar door blending the old and new, that boasts a number of incredible spaces to host guests, including private tasting rooms in the original stone cottage, a woodfired pizza oven and an amazing all-weather deck with views stretching across the vineyards, it is truly a place for the wine tourist to visit and experience the hospitality of our great state.

I pass on my congratulations to the Oliver family and the whole team at Taranga not only for their great achievement in winning this award but for the incredible work they have done, including throughout the pandemic, to build upon their incredible wine tourism offering and bring even more people to our state.