John Ellis wins coveted Victorian Tourism Award!
John Ellis wins coveted Victorian Tourism Award! Our Chief Winemaker and CEO John Ellis, who is also the Chairman of Tourism Macedon Ranges, , has been awarded ‘Most Outstanding Contribution By An Individual’ at the 2007 Victorian Tourism Awards at Monday night’s gala presentation at Melbourne’s Crown Palladium.
This is the highest honour an individual can win in the Victorian tourism industry, and reflects John’s dedicated and passionate commitment over the past 35 years to promoting Macedon Ranges wine, wine tourism and the Macedon Ranges tourism region within Victoria and Australia, and across the world.
The prestigious award is only given once every year, ensuring the recipients remain in a very select group, and it officially confirms John’s status as one of the legends of the Victorian tourism industry.
Accepting the award in front of 1,200 of his peers and colleagues, John paid tribute to his family and staff, and said that they deserved to share the award with him.
Since arriving in the Macedon Ranges in 1982 to establish Hanging Rock Winery, John has become an outstanding advocate for the region, and has played a leading role in the development of the region through his executive positions on a number of tourism and wine committees, including the Macedon Ranges Vignerons Association and the Budburst organising committee.
John was President of the Macedon Ranges Tourism Board and the Foundation Chairman of Tourism Macedon Ranges. He was elected Chairman for the third consecutive year at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting last month.
He has also been Chair of the Victorian Food and Wine Tourism Council, a Committee Member of the Victorian Wine Industry Council and the Australian Wine Tourism Alliance, and Vice-President of the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia.