By Anita McInnes
CORE Cider House, Kalamunda Farmers Market, Sandalford Wines and Mandoon Estate have all won awards at the 2015 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards.
Sandalford Wines in Caversham won gold in the tourism wineries, distilleries and breweries category and bronze in the excellence in Chinese tourism category.
The winery then topped off the night by winning the Sir David Brand Award for Tourism 2015 for which all gold medal winners in the other categories were finalists.
Kalamunda Farmers Market was awarded bronze in the specialised tourism services and excellence in food tourism categories.
Mandoon Estate in Caversham won silver in the new tourism business section.
CORE Cider House in Pickering Brook was awarded bronze in the tourism restaurants and catering services and tourism wineries, distilleries and breweries categories.
The Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council won silver in the destination marketing category with its regional events program.
Tourism Council WA chief executive officer Evan Hall said Sandalford Wines was awarded the Sir David Brand Award for Tourism 2015 for its ongoing dedication to the tourism industry and continual transformation as a tourism business.
Sandalford Wines chief executive officer Grant Brinklow said about 200,000 people visited the Swan Valley estate last year.
“This is a significant increase on previous years as a result of 60,000 or so new visitors from Asia and mainly China travelling to the Swan Valley for a Sandalford experience on the back of our new China Ready program, which includes among other the employment of four native speakers from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong as part of our key team,’’ he said.
“During the Prendiville family era, we have developed some of the most extensive wine and wine tourism offerings anywhere in the world including extensive food and beverage facilities, retail outlets, educational tours and courses and of course a reputation for some of the best live outdoor live entertainment facilities on a large scale found anywhere.’’
Sandalford Wines has also developed in the past 12 years one of leading winery concert programs at its operations in the Swan Valley and Margaret River.
“Last weekend Neil Diamond performed to 16,000 people, including 1500 VIPs, making it the largest audience to ever attend a concert at Sandalford estate.
“In addition to all the abovementioned, more than 250 couples will celebrate their nuptials at Sandalford estate in 2015 with the estate providing a wonderful background for both their ceremonies and receptions.’’
Meanwhile Sandalford Wines has remained throughout one of the most highly regarded premium wine producers from Western Australia and this year will produce about 150,000 cases (9 litres) that are shipped to more than 35 countries worldwide.
It is 25 years since the Prendiville family bought Sandalford Wines.