Thursday, 17 March 2016

Adelaide joins the great wine capitals of the world

The National Wine Centre in Adelaide 
It is a wonder it hasn't happened before, but Adelaide has just been named as the ninth and newest member of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. 

Adelaide is the undisputed capital of the wine industry in Australia, and home to iconic brands like Penfolds, Hardys, Jacobs Creek and Wolf Blass.

South Australia is Australia’s leading wine state, producing 50% of all bottled wine and almost 80% of premium wine.

The Great Wine Capitals Global Network is an international association of members whose wine regions are recognised as significant economic and cultural assets.

Established in 1999, there is only one member from each of the world’s major wine producing nations and Adelaide’s appointment was supported unanimously.

Adelaide will join Bilbao/ Rioja (Spain), Bordeaux (France), Cape Town/Cape Winelands (South Africa), Mainz/Rheinhessen (Germany), Mendoza (Argentina), Porto (Portugal), San Francisco/Napa Valley (USA) and Valpara√¨so/Casablanca Valley (Chile) as one of the network’s exclusive members.


Melbourne was once the Australian rep - but its membership somehow lapsed, allowing Adelaide to gain revenge for the Grand Prix it lost. 

It is interesting to note there is currently no New Zealand member (Christchurch, mysteriously, used to be part of the line-up), but Marlborough, which produces around 75% all bottled wine in Kiwiland must be next in line.


The network aims is to “heighten the wine experience for everyone who visits its regions and cities, and to support their members themselves to make the most of their extraordinary culture, heritage and geographical virtue”.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill made the announcement at the San Francisco Food and Wine Reception, a Showcase of South Australia, in the United States this week.


“South Australia excels in producing premium wine and providing exceptional wine tourism. These industries are crucial for our economic growth and creating jobs in our regions,” Weatherill said.

Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago (above) said becoming a Great Wine Capital made perfect sense.

“It’s very exciting and timely to witness Adelaide joining such a well-respected global wine network," he said. "I believe our South Australian wine and food industries and culture will benefit greatly from the opportunities this will create - now and into the future,” Gago said.

There are more than 200 cellar doors within an hour’s drive of the city centre of Adelaide - providing the traffic behaves itself. Which is quite a big "if".

In 2014–15, South Australia’s wine industry generated almost $1.8 billion in revenue, with $1.2 billion of this from wine exports.

1 comment:

  1. The Great Wine Capitals is a nice idea but there is no real outcome from membership, except the opportunity for the City to send ambassadors to meetings in other wine capitals to enjoy the hospitality. That is why Melbourne and Christchurch gave up membership. There is a cost but no real benefit.

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