The Kangaroo Island Food, Wine & Tourism Awards were held recently at the Award Winning Dudley Wines Cellar Door and Emu Ridge is extremely proud to have won Best Farm Gate Experience 2018 for the third year in a row!
We thank SeaLink Kangaroo Island for sponsoring our award it was an honor to have Julie-Anne give us the award being a part of Sealink for 26 years she has seen our growth from the very beginning. Our business is also so proud of our awesome staff that are a big part of what makes our business success!
The awards were held at the beautiful Dudley Wines Cellar Door and the food was provided by Chef Marion Trethewey of St Austell Farm. Thanks to all involved it was great to be at the event with our son Tristan, we are normally away on this night of celebration taking our Winter break, it was a fab night! And yes Larry had a very enjoyable night, he had been celebrating with Jamie Helyar drinking the Kangaroo Island Wine of the Year False Cape 2015 The Captain Cabernet Sauvignon!
We have travelled alot and believe our Island really is a very unique place, all Kangaroo Island businesses really do an amazing job! It was also nice to meet the Minister of Trade, Tourism and Investment Hon David Ridgway
Below is the Winners from all categories and if you would like to know more about the night and other winners CLICK ON THIS LINK
What the Judges said about Emu Ridge
Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery knows its market well and presents an authentic bush experience. Judges again chose this destination as the best Farm Gate experience on Kangaroo Island, awarding the top mark – 10/10 – for its “exceptional welcome”and atmosphere.
Emu Ridge is the only commercial eucalyptus distillery in South Australia, a pioneer in sustainable tourism, and it became the first-ever farm gate on the island 27 years ago.
The judges said that this distinctly Kangaroo Island business provides a most comprehensive range of interesting products; that their DVD presentation works very well for visitors; and the availability of the DVD and printed items in many other languages was excellent. Staff and owners provided an excellent welcome and “a very good explanation of all products and services”.
The business is working towards environmental sustainability, land management and re-vegetation, while producing 100 per cent pure eucalyptus oil from the Narrow Leaf Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia), which is only found on the island. There were “very good processes in place to conserve water and energy, also good full use of all by-product”.
On-line subscribers are treated to regular newsletters and offers, so the farm gate experience continues long after visitors have returned to their homes. The business’ online marketing strategy was also singled out for praise.
THE OTHER AWESOME 2018 WINNERS
Kangaroo Island Dining
Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge
Farm Gate Experience
Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery
Cellar Door Experience
Dudley Wines Cellar Door
Unique Food and Beverage Experience
New Tourism Business
Wandering Souls Australia
Nature-Based Tourism Experience
Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari
Best Value-Added Product
Kangaroo Island Free Range Eggs
Kangaroo Island Rising Star
Kangaroo Island Outstanding Contribution by an Individual
Kangaroo Island Wine of the Year
False Cape 2015 The Captain Cabernet Sauvignon