Running since 2002, the McLaren Vale Business and Tourism Awards are once again open for nominations and competition is expected to be more fierce than ever.
Last year, judges were tasked with the arduous task of choosing between 100 nominees for just 13 awards is looking similar this year, only there are less awards.
McLaren Vale Business and Tourism General Manager Jenni Mitton said with eight categories open for nomination, it is expected around 80 local businesses will be nominated - many of whom receive multiple nominations.
"The business awards acknowledge the hard working local businesses in the McLaren Vale region - from home-based businesses to retail and trades, we cover and acknowledge all areas."
Talking about what makes a business successful at the awards Ms Mitton said having a passion for not only their businesses but for the region as a whole is important.
"Often collaborating with other local businesses to achieve mutual success. The successful businesses have well thought out business plans and goals.
"I think there is a real sense of pride in delivering a great product or service - many visitors to the region make mention of the passion and pride in service delivered by local businesses.
"As locals we sometimes take this for granted, until we visit somewhere else!"
The event will again be held during an exclusive, invite only event at Hardy's Tintara Winery in late October.
Nominations are still open and can be made at https://www.mclarenvalebusiness.com.au/business-awards-nominate/