The iconic towns have been nominated for the 2020 South Australian Agricultural Town of the Year award and you can help them lift the crown by casting your vote now.
The award, presented by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) and Solstice Media, recognises SA towns that excel in agricultural practices and the positive flow-on effect they have on communities.
McLaren Vale is a premium grape growing and food production area, renowned for some of the world’s best wines produced from some of the world’s oldest grape vines.
In 2018 McLaren Vale yielded $22.8 million in wine grape crops, and 190 local producers exported 12.8 million litres of wine.
Almost 40 per cent of the town’s vineyards are certified organic/biodynamic (compared to four per cent nationally), which has helped built the McLaren Vale’s clean, green and sustainable reputation internationally.
This reputation – coupled with the McLaren Vale’s stunning vistas and historic township – has flowed into the tourism and hospitality industries, which attract 1.2 million visitors spending $210 million annually.
Willunga is home to gorgeous olive groves and vineyards, with organic farming, on-farm compost, reclaimed water and solar power underpinning the town’s commitment to sustainable living and farming.
It’s also home to the popular Willunga Farmers Market (SA’s first farmers market) – which provides a place where locals can sell local produce and products, including honey, vegetables, juices and olives – and a wealth of cellar doors and charming eateries.
Voting for 70 nominated towns is open online now until 30 October 2020 with a judging panel to determine the top five finalists. Finalists will be announced on 20 November, with the winner announced in February 2021.
Cast your vote now and help McLaren Vale and Willunga make the final five!