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Owners Peter and Debra Prendiville and CEO Grant Brinklow with the Sandalford Wines team at the 2018 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards.

Gold for winery and City of Swan at tourism awards

SANDALFORD Wines and the City of Swan have both had great success at the 2018 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards with the winery winning three gold gongs and the city two.

Sandalford Wines won gold in the tourism wineries, breweries & distilleries, tourism restaurant & catering and Chinese tourism.

The winery was also inducted into the Hall of Fame in the tourism winery category after three years of consecutive gold awards. 

The 2018 gold award is the 11th time the winery has won this category.

Chief executive officer Grant Brinklow said the win was special as it meant Sandalford could now defend its title as the nation’s best tourism winery in the upcoming Australian Tourism Awards in Launceston.

“We love a contest and we relish a win,’’ he said.

“Our success at these state tourism awards is testimony to a truly committed and dedicated long-term team across all aspects of our business and their unwavering commitment to deliver a world class, premium brand wine experience to our tens of thousands of guests.”

Mr Brinklow said the accolades for the winery and the City of Swan reflected the maturity and sophistication of tourism attractions in the Swan Valley.

“Swan Valley understands its market and operators here often work collaboratively to market the destination. 

“One example of this is the annual Wedding Expo which attracts thousands of people to the valley.”

City of Swan councillors Cate McCullough, Rod Henderson, deputy mayor Kevin Bailey, Ian Johnson and Charlie Zannino at the tourism awards.

The City’s Swan Valley Visitor Centre (SVVC) was awarded the best visitor centre in WA at the tourism industry’s night of nights. 

Entwined in the Valley festival was awarded gold in the destination marketing category, marking the first accolade for the Swan Valley event. 

City of Swan deputy mayor Kevin Bailey said the SVVC was a highly awarded visitor centre, with other awards including gold at the 2017 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, where it was recognised as the best in Australia out of more than 500 others.

“Entwined in the Valley has been a hugely successful event since its inception in 2014 and this award recognises the creative and innovative team behind the event,’’ he said. 

“I’d like to congratulate Sandalford Wines and Mandoon Estate for receiving gold and bronze awards respectfully for their categories. 

“Together, we are showing the very best of our premier region.” 

The gold medallists in categories 1 to 25 will go on to represent Western Australia at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, to be held in Launceston on March 1, 2019.

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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