Winery wins top tourism gong

Published 2:00pm 26 October 2022

Winery wins top tourism gong
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

Ocean View Estates has been named the winner in the Visit Moreton Bay Award for Tourism Business Excellence category at the 2022 Moreton Bay Business and Innovation Awards on Friday night.

Ocean View Estates, located in the Moreton Bay Hinterland, serve up handcrafted wine, elegant food and accommodation to unwind in stunning surrounds.

Infront of a crowd of close to 500 people, Ocean View Estates owners Tom and Kate Honnef said they were humbled and shocked by the win.

“I’m very proud to have won – It’s always a team effort with our amazing family and staff,” Tom said.

“The recent recognition in tourism has been amazing.

“What MBRIT have done, having worked with us for so long, as well as the local council, it’s been great- we get so much support.”

Ocean View has also recently established a partnership with the traditional custodians of the land to provide cultural tours by respected elders to welcome guests to the land, culture and traditional food of the Jinibara Peoples.

“We Met Uncle Noel and Jason Murphy last year, so for us, we want to acknowledge and be part of what they are on our land and build on that,” Kate said.

“We have got together with them and have created a tour, and it’s just amazing to give back to our traditional custodians.

About Ocean View Estates

Ocean View Estates is situated in the rolling countryside of Ocean View in the Moreton Bay Hinterland, just 45km from Brisbane.

The 100-acre estate is family owned and operated for an authentic experience immersed amongst the vineyards.

Visitors to Ocean View can tastetest the wine by joining a daily wine tour, followed by a meal at the onsite restaurant.

The wines are grown and crafted by father-daughter team Thomas Honnef and Hannah Hathway.

There are also three cottages which people can rent out for weekends. Each cottage is designed to give you a comfy home-away-from-home experience, as well as a hint of luxury and opulence.

About the awards

This is the fifth year the Moreton Bay Innovation and Business Awards have been held.

This year, a total of 68 finalists were announced, with each winner being decided by a panel of 44 judges across a mix of public and private sector organisations.

The awards were presented by Moreton Bay Regional Council and delivered by Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism (MBRIT).

See the full list of winners and photo gallery here.

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