Lake Breeze Wines recognised for new Barrel Room

DESTINATION VENUE: Member for Finniss David Basham presents the tourism award to Lake Breeze Wines' Roger Follett. PHOTO COURTESY: John Kruger Photography.
DESTINATION VENUE: Member for Finniss David Basham presents the tourism award to Lake Breeze Wines' Roger Follett. PHOTO COURTESY: John Kruger Photography.

Langhorne Creek's Follett family-owned and operated winery, Lake Breeze Wines, has won The Great Wine Capitals SA Best of Wine Tourism award in 'Architecture and Landscape' for their new 'Barrel Room' function space.

The Best of Wine Tourism awards recognise the most outstanding wine tourism experiences in South Australia.

Judge and wine scribe Nick Ryan summed it up succinctly "Stones were sourced from the nearby Monarto quarry, just as homes for Follett families have been done for years. The clever use of corrugated iron links the building with the dairy sheds that have been an integral part of the Follett farming story and almost 100 old wine barrels are used throughout the building as potent reminders guests are in one of the country's most-awarded wineries.

"The judging panel loved these local links and responded favorably to the quiet sophistication of the place, noting this approach was entirely consistent with every other facet of the Lake Breeze experience.

"This will be a valuable asset for the Langhorne Creek community and an added incentive for visitors to explore the region some insiders call, 'Australian wine's secret weapon'."

Lake Breeze completed the build in October 2020, which incorporated and an extension to the cellar door restaurant, as well as this state-of-the-art function space.

Managing Director Roger Follett said the winery had been overwhelmed by the response from visitors.

"The bookings have exceeded our expectations with 30 weddings booked for next year. To date, we've held 17 weddings as well as large events such as the local Langhorne Creek Wine Show awards luncheon and more recently the Eastern Fleurieu School Formal."

This prestigious Great Wine Capitals award has followed closely on the heels of Lake Breeze being named Halliday's 2022 Best Value Winery.

McLaren Vale wineries Chalk Hill Wines and Gemtree Wines have been named winners in the 2022 Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism South Australian Awards.

Chalk Hill Wines was named as South Australia's winner in the Innovative Wine Tourism Practices category, while Gemtree Wines has been named as joint South Australian winners with Banrock Station in the Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices category.

The winners were announced at the 'Cheestfest - Gather and Graze' event at Rymill Park on Friday, October 22.

The local winners stand alongside nominees from 10 other Great Wine Capitals at the international awards, which will be formally acknowledged at the Great Wine Capitals global Annual General Meeting on 28 October.

The Great Wine Capitals Best Of Wine Tourism Awards celebrate innovation and excellence in wine tourism throughout the eleven greatest wine regions in the world.

The 'Best Of' program provides an opportunity for wineries and other visitor-serving businesses in each region to gain exposure and recognition for their commitment to presenting leading wine tourism options while giving visitors a one-stop list of the best places to experience.

Gemtree Wines has established itself as the leader in sustainable wine tourism, having previously been announced as a local and global winner in this category in 2019.

McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association General Manager, Jennifer Lynch was thrilled two of the region's wineries have been recognised alongside a distinguishable line up of South Australian wine businesses.

"Congratulations to Chalk Hill Wines and Gemtree Wines - two deserving winners with exemplary wine tourism offerings and immersive visitor experiences," Ms Lynch said.

"It's great to note the high calibre of South Australian's wine businesses recognised - we wish our McLaren Vale finalists the very best of luck and are looking forward to the announcement of the International award winners on October 28."

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