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Heritage Centre wins International Wine Tourism Award

26 November 2013

Brancott Estate Heritage Centre wins International Wine Tourism Award

A New Zealand cellar door has won a 2014 International Best of Wine Tourism award with the Brancott Estate Heritage Centre in Marlborough being the only New Zealand cellar door to win this prestigious award.

The Brancott Estate Heritage Centre, home of Brancott Estate wines, is located at Brancott Vineyard, the site of the original Sauvignon Blanc plantings in Marlborough.

The Great Wine Capitals Global Network recently announced the winners of the 2014 International Best of Wine Tourism awards at a ceremony held at the Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone campus in St. Helena, California. The nine international winners were chosen from 53 local ‘Best Of‘ winners from nine Great Wine Capitals. In all, 350 applications were received this year.

As one of Marlborough’s premier cellar doors with majestic views over the region, the Brancott Estate Heritage Centre offers a dining experience with exclusive wine tours and tastings. Equipped with the latest technology it also provides an audio-visual experience, telling the story of the brand and the pioneering nature of its founders and winemakers. The Brancott Estate Heritage Centre is state-of-the-art, designed to integrate seamlessly into the natural landscape and showcase Brancott Vineyard.

Brancott Estate Heritage Centre won the “Innovative Wine Tourism” category for its ‘Mastery of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc’ a tutored wine tasting that demonstrates the diversity of the Marlborough Terroir and how it shapes Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

“We’re thrilled to have won this prestigious International Wine Tourism Award in our second year since opening late 2011. The Marlborough region attracts a great number of wine tourism visitors annually and we’re proud that the Brancott Estate Heritage Centre has been recognised with this International Award,” says Patrick Materman, chief winemaker for Brancott Estate.

“We’re very proud of this home for Brancott Estate which offers a valuable platform from which to honour the origins and location of the original Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc plantings and the success of the varietal that’s gone on to become the world’s favourite New Zealand wine style,” says Patrick.

The Brancott Estate Heritage Centre is a must see attraction in Marlborough, thanks to its unparalleled views over the iconic vineyard, the famous Marlborough wine region and beyond – with views extending as far as the North Island on a clear day.

The Brancott Estate Heritage Centre is open seven days a week 10.00am - 4.30pm.


NOTES TO EDITORS


About the Great Wine Capitals Global Network
Founded in 1999, the Great Wine Capitals Global Network is an alliance of ten internationally renowned wine regions - Bordeaux, France; Cape Town - Cape Winelands, South Africa; Marlborough - South Island, New Zealand; Florence - Italy, Mainz - Rheinhessen, Germany; Mendoza, Argentina; Porto, Portugal; Bilbao - Rioja, Spain; Napa Valley, USA and Valparaiso - Casablanca Valley, Chile.

The Best Of Wine Tourism awards serve as an industry benchmark for excellence and recognise leading wineries and wine-tourism related businesses within each Great Wine Capital that have distinguished themselves in areas such as innovation, service and sustainable practices. For more information visit http://www.greatwinecapitals.com.

About Brancott Estate
• BRANCOTT ESTATE. Honouring our Marlborough heritage, Brancott Estate wines take their name from our cherished Brancott Vineyard, home of the original Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc; one of the world’s favourite New Zealand wine styles.
• In 1973, Brancott Vineyard was planted with grapes, a decision that went against the popular opinion of the time that the South Island was too cold to grow grapes. In 1975, Brancott Vineyard was planted with the first Sauvignon Blanc grapes in Marlborough.
• This pioneering determination and skill of our winemakers and viticulturists continues to be evident in every bottle, as is the care and respect for the land that allow us to produce each and every one. Brancott Estate wines are sourced from multiple vineyards.

BRANCOTT ESTATE is committed to sustainable practices and is a founding member of New Zealand’s original sustainable winegrowing initiative established in 1995. This programme has since transformed into Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ). All vineyards and wineries are accredited under the scheme.

Enjoy Brancott Estate wines responsibly. www.brancottestate.com or follow us on /and /
Brancott Estate is a trademark of Pernod Ricard New Zealand Limited.


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