SANDALFORD Wines has won two categories – best modern Australian and best tourism restaurant – in this year’s Catering Institute of WA Gold Plate awards.
The Gold Plate awards are sharing cabinet space with gold awards from the Western Australian Tourism awards in the categories of tourism wineries, breweries and distilleries and Chinese tourism.
Sandalford Wines chief executive officer Grant Brinklow said the wins were a milestone year for the 177-year-old business and a new benchmark for the Gold Plate awards.
“Every year since 2008 our Sandalford Restaurant has been awarded at least one Gold Plate, and last night’s awards bring the tally of Gold Plates to 15 which is more than any other facility in the 52-year Gold Plate history,” he said.
This year Sandalford were in the Gold Plate Prix D’Honneur (Hall of Fame) in their multi-awarded category of Best Winery Restaurant.
“We are proud to be part of the tourism industry in Swan Valley, and extend our congratulations to the other business who have received accolades in the recent awards – Whiteman Park, Swan Valley Visitor Centre and Entopia Wines.
“Our Sandalford team apply hard work and commitment to our vision every single day of the year and their focus on winning these awards commences at the beginning of each year.
They are to be commended on their efforts to ensure Sandalford remains Western Australia’s most awarded attraction,” he said.
Sandalford Wines will now enter the Hall of Fame in the Western Australian Tourism Awards after winning the Tourism Winery category for three consecutive years.
Mr Brinklow said the awards received by Swan Valley operators reflected the maturity and sophistication of tourism attractions in the valley.
“Swan Valley businesses understand who their market is and what their unique selling points are and often work collaboratively very well to market the destination.
“One example of this is the annual Wedding Expo which attracts thousands of people to the Swan Valley.”
The tourism winery, which is about 25 minutes’ drive from Perth’s CBD welcomed more than than 30,000 Chinese-speaking visitors last year.
It offers Union Pay (Chinese bank credit card), printed and online Chinese translated collateral, employs seven Chinese speaking staff and works with about 35 Chinese inbound agents.