On Friday, November 8th, 2019, South Australia’s tourism industry celebrated with a gala dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre, for the annual South Australian Tourism Awards. Amongst 32 category winners who celebrated, was Barossa Valley, Gin Producers, Seppeltsfield Road Distillers, who took home the trophy for ‘Best New Tourism Business’.
The South Australian Tourism Awards celebrate the very best of SA’s world-famous tours, products, festivals and events, and in 2019, has recognised Seppeltsfield Road Distillers for their unique experience and significant contribution to tourism.
Pitted against 8 other businesses in their category, Seppeltsfield Road Distillers’ owners, Nicole & Jon Durdin, were honoured and humbled by the result.
“It was such a huge privilege just to have been recognised as a finalist,” said Nicole.
“We were completely surprised when they read out the winner. Honoured, but surprised.”
“Humbled would be a great way to describe it,” added Jon.
“Being selected as a finalist was a huge honour on its own.”
Only recently celebrating their first birthday, Seppeltsfield Road Distillers’ have already achieved a large amount in such a short period of time. Named ‘Australian Gin Distiller of the Year’ in 2018, the husband and wife team have also received 26 medals for their gin, including gold medals from the London Spirits Competition, World Gin Masters, Australian Gin Awards and the Royal Australian Spirits Awards.
“Producing a high-quality product has only been one part of the business strategy,” explains Jon.
“Ensuring we could offer a premium tourist experience at our Distillery and Tasting Room has also been key to the business. And for that, we must thank our customer experience team, especially our Tasting Room Manager, Bec Henderson.”
Described by the award judges as “exceptional”, “impressive”, and “modern”, Seppeltsfield Road Distillers Tasting Room is open 7 days a week and invites guests to discover their range of award-winning gins through an informative tasting flight – or for those looking to unwind, a list of creative cocktails and perfectly designed G&Ts await you.
Seppeltsfield Road Distillers will now go on to represent South Australia at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, held early in 2020, alongside their neighbours and friends from Seppeltsfield Winery Barossa.