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Entries open for the inaugural Hawke’s Bay Best Of Wine Tourism awards

The inaugural Hawke’s Bay Best Of Wine Tourism awards are now open for entries.

The local awards celebrate excellence and innovation in the wine tourism industry across seven categories:

  • Accommodation
  • Architecture and Landscape
  • Art and Culture
  • Culinary Experiences
  • Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences
  • Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices
  • Wine Tourism Services

Entries will be assessed by a line-up of judges, including radio broadcaster, TV presenter and restaurant critic, Jesse Mulligan; food, wine and travel writer, Anna King Shahab; and Destination Wairarapa General Manager and Classic New Zealand Wine Trail partner, Anna Nielsen.

The local category winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, September 4, with one outstanding winner.

A global winner chosen by an international jury of representatives from each Great Wine Capital will be announced at the AGM gala dinner in Verona, Italy, in October.

Hawke’s Bay Tourism Chief Executive and Great Wine Capitals Local President, Hamish Saxton, says the awards are an opportunity for Hawke’s Bay to get global recognition for the incredible wine-based tourism on offer.

“The awards are a critical part of the Great Wine Capitals programme and we are excited to deliver the inaugural Hawke’s Bay awards,” he says.

“The Best Of Wine Tourism awards celebrate those businesses that have set new standards in making wine tourism both memorable and responsible.

“They honour the creativity, sustainability and dedication of wineries and wine-based tourism businesses as they contribute to cultural and economic fabric of our own Great Wine Capital.”

Entries close on Friday, 14 June, at 5pm.

Further information, including category definitions, judging criteria and the awards prospectus, can be found here.

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