The airline received the global award for The Duo, a customised wine developed with Barossa Valley winery St Hallett and Fine Wine Partners.
It was created specifically for drinking at high altitude and to compliment ‘The Business’ menu designed by Virgin Australia resident chef Luke Mangan.
“Our team is always searching for ways to deliver an outstanding experience for our guests in the air and to promote the ingenuity of Australian winemakers and producers,” said Tash Tobias, Virgin Australia’s general manager for In-flight Experience. “We are thrilled that the work of our In-flight Experience team and St Hallett winemaker Shelley Cox has been recognised with this prestigious award.”
The Duo is served in ‘The Business’ on board Virgin Australia aircraft and in Virgin Australia lounges. Virgin Australia proudly serves a premium selection of Australian wine on all flights.
“A specially-blended wine from an historic [liquor] producing region, [The Duo] had a great taste on the palate with a balance of strength and elegance. It also brings an interesting back story and links to the onboard wine service,” said George Banks and Nikos Loukas, the judges at the recently held awards.
The Onboard Hospitality Awards are organised annually by Onboard Hospitality magazine and celebrate excellence and innovation in air, rail and cruise.