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Three SA wine companies up for Telstra Business Awards

Three SA wine companies up for Telstra Business Awards

Twenty four leading businesses from around South Australia have been recognised as finalists in the 2019 Telstra South Australian Business Awards, including three wineries - Riot Wine, Mollydooker Wines and Wines by Geoff Hardy.

Now in its 27th year, the Telstra Business Awards recognises remarkable businesses across four categories: Emerging & Energised, Small & Succeeding, Medium & Making Waves, and Social Change Maker. 

Riot Wine Co (pictured above) produces wine in stainless-steel kegs and promises a unique wine drinking experience thanks to its sustainable wine in a can product, which protects the wine from UV light and oxygen. Co-founders Joe Cook and Tom O’Donnell were inspired to create the business after years spent working in the McLaren Vale wineries. It's up for the "Small & Succeeding" category.

Mollydooker Wines is making waves in the industry by bringing innovative techniques and an uncompromising commitment to providing exceptional quality wine at an affordable price. This family-owned winery, led by Sarah Marquis (above) as Chief Winemaker, produces 70,000 to 100,000 cases annually and exports 80% of it. Mollydooker uses data and analytics to keep track of vine growth, grape sugar content and watering needs while in the fields. This intensive process ensures the wine contains the optimal fruit weight, which is the percentage of the drinker’s palate covered by the taste of fruit. In its final phase, Mollydooker uses its Mollydooker Shake™ technique where it inverts and shakes the wine bottle to restore its full-flavoured taste.

Wines by Geoff Hardy is a family-owned and operated business run by Geoff Hardy, a fifth-generation member of one of Australia’s most famous wine families. Wines by Geoff Hardy produces around 1.7 million bottles of premium wines each year. 

Both Mollydooker and Wines by Geoff Hardy are competing in the "Medium & Making Waves" category.
Telstra Group Executive, Consumer & Small Business, Michael Ackland, said the judges were impressed by the calibre of the 2019 finalists.

“The record number of nominations we’ve received for the program this year alone shows how dynamic the small and medium business industry is in Australia – and how supported they are by their community,” he said.

“Getting to this stage of the program is an achievement in itself, whether they win or not. In particular, we found that three quarters of last year’s state finalists saw a spike in activity or business awareness just from taking part in the program.”

“We’re incredibly proud to continue to support these organisations year after year. They continue to inspire us with their resilience, courage, incredible commitment, and their ability to find new solutions and ways of working, and this year’s finalists are no exception.”

The finalists have been through a rigorous judging process to find the most deserving Australian businesses. They were judged across a broad range of criteria, including: strategy and vision, customers and marketing, operations, people and culture, innovation and technology, social responsibility and financial acumen.

The 24 finalists of the 2019 Telstra South Australian Business Awards are:

Emerging & Energised: Peripheral Blue, Refuel Creative Roaming, Zen Society Marketing Communications, Sullivan Consulting, The Duke of Brunswick Hotel.

Small & Succeeding: Cindy's Classic Gourmet, Foil Me, Oranje Creative, Physio Fit Adelaide, Riot Wine Co, Sea Dragon Lodge.

Medium & Making Waves: Bowhill Engineering, FCT Holdings, Green Frog Systems, Mollydooker Wines, Premier Health Care, Wines by Geoff Hardy. 

Social Change Maker: Determined2, Foodbank SA, Good Prospects Speech Pathology, Makers Empire, Media Centre for Education Research, Rejuven8 Consulting and Training.

Winners of the 2019 Telstra South Australian Business Awards will be announced on Thursday 12 September at the Adelaide Oval. State and Territory winners will be invited to Melbourne for the National Series, including networking events, masterclass, national judging and a national dinner celebration on November 21.