Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre has again been recognised as one of Australia’s most unique tourist attractions winning three gongs at the South Australian Tourism Awards in Adelaide last night (18 November) and securing a place in the coveted Hall of Fame.
The Centre, located in the heart of Australia’s most famous wine region, the Barossa Valley, won awards in the following categories:
• Best Major Tourism Attraction (third year in a row and secured the centre a place in the Hall of Fame)
• Best Tourism Wineries / Breweries (also won in 2007 & 2008)
• Best Tourism Restaurant (also won in 2007 & 2008)
Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre will go on to contend for the national titles at the Qantas National Tourism Awards in Perth on March 2011.
Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre Manager, Elaine Ratcliffe, credits her outstanding team of staff for the prestigious win.
“We offer a unique experience that’s not available anywhere else in Australia that goes above and beyond the normal cellar door encounter and it’s our staff, that help make it such a memorable visit for our thousands of local, national and international visitors each year,” Ms Ratcliffe said.
Ms Ratcliffe said there the 35-hectare visitor centre precinct was quite unlike anything else in Australia and offered a range of activities both indoors and out.
“Inside the Centre visitors can enjoy either casual wine tasting or a structured tasting, participate in a sensory experience or learn more about the region and Jacob’s Creek in our interpretative gallery,” she said.
“In Jacob’s Restaurant visitors also enjoy long, relaxed lunches consisting of the best of South Australia’s seasonal produce from our contemporary Australian menu designed by Executive Chef Veronica Zahra and Head Chef Josh Trevena, perfectly matched with Jacob’s Creek wine.
“Meanwhile outdoors we teach visitors more about grape-growing and winemaking with a tour of our demonstration vineyard or they can explore our picturesque grounds with a walk along our trails to see many places of interest including a picnic area along Jacob’s Creek. We even have resident kangaroos and emus in an animal enclosure on site.
“We have also found that our deck has become an extremely popular spot to enjoy a glass of wine, sample a seafood platter or wood oven pizza all while overlooking our extensive native gardens filled with more than 4500 plants.
“The Centre and its grounds also offer standout facilities for corporate events.“
Jacob's Creek Visitor Centre
Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre is located on the banks of Jacob’s Creek in the heart of Australia’s most famous wine region – the Barossa Valley. The award-winning centre offers visitors a unique and memorable experience with a combination of food and wine as well as self-guided walks and corporate functions. Located on Barossa Valley Way, Rowland Flat. Open from 10am to 5pm every day of the year, except Good Friday and Christmas Day. www.jacobscreek.com
Ms. Briar Standing