Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


South Island's best wine tourism ventures revealed today

South Island's best wine tourism ventures revealed today

Spy Valley Wines in Marlborough was named today as one of the best wine
tourism ventures in the South Island.

The annual Best of Wine Tourism Awards honour outstanding wine tourism
businesses in the South Island, in awards run by the prestigious Great
Wine Capitals Global Network.

Spy Valley Wines won this year's new category - architecture and
landscapes - for its impressive and award winning building that responds
to the region's dramatic natural environment, judges said.

Christchurch | South Island, which includes the Waipara Valley,
Canterbury, Marlborough, Nelson and Central Otago wine regions, belongs
to the exclusive network.

Chief Judge Dr Joanna Fountain, a senior lecturer in tourism at Lincoln
University, says she was "very impressed" by the growing range of wine
tourism opportunities available overall.

"I was particularly impressed by the level of initiative and innovation
shown by more established operators and their dedication to
demonstrating consistently high standards."

This year's regional winners will now go on to compete against the
network's eight other cities and wine regions from around the world at
the international awards in Florence, Italy.

Melton Estate, in West Melton near Christchurch, won the Wine Tourism
Restaurant category, having introduced a new chef, a seasonal and mostly
local menu and a new pavillion and courtyard area.

Mayor Bob Parker says the opportunity to promote Christchurch and the
tourism and wine industries of the wider South Island regularly to an
international audience were a key part of belonging to the Great Wine
Capitals Global Network.

"We see huge value for our city and the wider South Island in using the
awards to promote our region to wine tourists, who spend a lot more and
stay significantly longer than your average tourist," says Mayor Bob
Parker.

Northburn Station, in Central Otago, won the Innovative Wine Tourism
Experiences for its innovative and memorable visitor experience. "The
setting is truly spectacular, offering products from the farm and garden
is unique, and the wine is exceptional," says Dr Fountain.

Central Otago's specialist wine tours company, Appellation Central Wine
Tours, won the award for wine tourism services for offering a
"consistently excellent experience".

Yealands Estate Wines won the award for Sustainable Wine Tourism.
"Yealands is continuing to strive to provide new opportunities for the
visitor to share their vision and are really creating a total visitor
experience at the winery," says Dr Fountain. This includes a new
self-guided winery drive and picnic option.

The winners receive a Best of Wine Tourism trophy and plaque as well as
opportunities to promote themselves locally and internationally through
the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. For more details about the
winners, categories and criteria see:
www.southislandwine.co.nz/awards.asp

- ends -

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Last Days Of Parliament: Slave Ships Bill To Pass

The House resumed at 9am and MPs agreed to add the third reading of the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill to this morning’s business.

The bill requires all foreign owned fishing vessels to fly under a New Zealand flag from May 2016 and obey all New Zealand laws. This includes labour laws...

Last night Opposition MPs accused the Maori Party of blocking the passage of this bill into law in this Parliament, no members of the Maori Party were in the House to answer the accusations though they denied this in a press release. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Novopayout: Government-Owned Company To Take Over School Payroll

After lengthy negotiations, the Ministry of Education and the existing school payroll provider, Talent2, have settled both on the amounts payable by Talent2 towards the costs of remediating the Novopay service and a new operating model for the school payroll system. More>>

ALSO:

Police: Crewe File Review Released

No new evidence has come to light implicating any specific person as being responsible for the murders of Jeannette and Harvey Crewe... The review identifies there is a distinct possibility that Exhibit 350 (the brass .22 cartridge case) may be fabricated evidence, and that if this is the case, that a member of Police would have been responsible. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Issue #49: Gordon Campbell Interviews Laila Harre

For 25 years, Labour and National have been in virtual agreement about the basics of economic policy, and differed mainly on how to go about managing its social consequences. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Plan To Protect Our Maui’s Dolphins

1. Protect Maui’s from being killed in the sanctuary set up to protect them... 2. Extend fishing protections to the entire Maui’s range... 3. Help protect the livelihoods of affected fishers by supporting them to adopt dolphin-safe fishing methods. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Electorate Deals

For all the talk yesterday from Prime Minister John Key about National being transparent about its electorate deals in Epsom and Ohariu, that transparency is entirely front-loaded. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Oil Drilling Face-Off With Labour

The key policy points in the Green Party’s plan to protect our beaches from oil spills are to:
1. Prohibit deep sea oil drilling; 2. Implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping; 3. Build Maritime New Zealand’s oil spill response capability; and 4. Introduce a stronger legal framework so that when accidents do happen, the New Zealand taxpayer does not have to pay for the clean-up. More>>

ALSO:


Nick Smith v Fish & Game:

Minister Told Of FBI Investigation, Says INZ: Coleman Must Quit Or Be Sacked Over Dotcom Case - Harré

Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news