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Trail-blazing Tour Company wins International Wine Tourism award

16/11/2011

A trail-blazing New Zealand Wine Tour company has won a prestigious International Best of Wine Tourism Award for its work showcasing Central

Tasting in the Garden at Olssens of Bannockburn vineyard

Otago wines.

Appellation Central Wine Tours, which was set up in 1999 when wine making in Central Otago was still in its infancy, has won the award for Wine Tourism Services in the Great Wine Capitals Global Network awards.

It is the second year in a row that Appellation Central Wine Tours has won the regional Christchurch/South Island Wine Tourism Service award but the first time they have been successful in being awarded the international award in their category.

The company specialises in taking small groups and individuals on customised tours around Central Otago’s wineries.

Dr Fountain says the standard of entries in this year’s awards was extremely high. This is the second year that the Christchurch|South Island region has had an international winner, with Yealands taking out the sustainability award last year.

Some 46% (295) of New Zealand wineries are located in the Christchurch | South Island wine region, which includes the Waipara Valley, Canterbury, Marlborough, Nelson and Central Otago.

The region has been a member of the Great Wine Capitals Network since 2009. Other members of the network include Bordeaux, Cape Town, Florence, and the San Francisco-Napa Valley. Only one wine region from each country can become a member of the global network.

The coveted Great Wine Capitals Network awards are run annually and honour outstanding wineries and other tourism-related businesses in the Network’s member cities and regions.

The Christchurch | South Island Best of Wine Tourism Awards and the Global Network International Wine Tourism Services trophy will be presented to the international winner and regional winners during the New World Wine and Food Festival taking place in Christchurch on Saturday, December 3.

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