VICTORIAN winery Fowles Wine took home a Bronze Award the Australian Tourism Awards in Hobart at the weekend.
The Avenel winery was entered in the Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries category and received its award from the Federal Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism Martin Ferguson and Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings.
The Australian Tourism Awards are the tourism industry's peak awards and are recognised as a mark of excellence in Australian Tourism.
Fowles Wine was crowned state winner of the Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries category in November last year, enabling it to qualify as a finalist in the Australian Tourism Awards.
As a first-time entrant, the winery was humbled to be named one of 200 finalists.
Fowles Wine chief executive Matt Fowles said he was thrilled beyond words.
"Australia offers numerous rich tourism experiences, so to be recognised as a leading provider in this landscape is an honour and testament to the tireless work of our team,'' he said.
"The Australian Tourism Awards are judged by a panel of 27 industry experts from the States and Territories in Australia.''
Finalists are assessed across the areas of customer service and professional development, marketing, business development and environmental sustainability.
"The judging process is a rigorous one, so collecting a Bronze Award gives us confidence that were in good shape and well positioned to build on our achievements,'' he said.
"We our passionate about providing first class food and wine tourism experiences and this award gives our team a great boost to reach even higher in the years to come.''