Skillogalee wins Great Wine Capitals award

Skillogalee has put the Clare Valley in the international spotlight after it was awarded a wine tourism restaurant award in the Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism Awards. 

Announced only days ago, Skillogalee was one of several South Australian businesses to win a spot in the international final. 

This year is the inaugural participation from South Australia. 

Skillogalee was presented with the wine tourism award in September, amongst six others from the Barossa, Riverland and McLaren Vale regions.

Each of the recipients will now go on to represent Australia in the international awards program with a final winner from each great wine capital to be announced in Porto, Portugal in November.

Skillogalee’s Nicola Palmer said it was a great win for the business and the region. 

It’s the first time Skillogalee has entered this competition.

Nicola said throughout the past 26 years – since her parents Dave and Di opened – the family had worked hard to give visitors the best experience. 

“My parents have worked incredibly hard to build a great tourism destination and offering for people, it’s great recognition,” Nicola said. 

The restaurant and cellar door has opened to the public seven days a week during this time, just last year they increased their hours to include breakfast.

“We are so lucky to be where we are in this beautiful valley, it’s a great place to run a business. I think it’s wonderful to have received this and be able to represent Clare.” 

According to Nicola, you’ll get the same friendly service no matter what time of the day you pop in.

Minister Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell said the award program recognised leadership, innovation and excellence in wine tourism across key categories including accommodation, architecture and landscape, art and culture, innovative wine tourism experience, wine tourism restaurants, sustainable wine tourism and wine tourism services. 

“The program is an opportunity to elevate the state’s reputation for premium food and wine and showcase the best of what SA has to offer – which will create opportunities for the wine industry now and into the future,” Minister Bignell said.