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Vine Hotel Awards

Vine Hotel Awards

Wangaratta's Vine Hotel Nominated in Best Hotel Awards.

After a gruelling year for the hospitality industry, Wangaratta's Vine Hotel is a finalist for the Australian Hotels Association Victoria's 2021 State Awards for Excellence.

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The local hotel climbed it's way to the final selection of potential prize winners in eight categories.

The Vine Hotel received nominations in Best Takeaway Initiative; Best Outdoor Experience; Heart of The Community; Best Function and Event Space; Best Redeveloped Hotel - Food and Beverage; Best Pub Restaurant - Regional; Best Pub Bar - Regional; and the Ian Larkin Overall Hotel of the Year - Regional.

Owner of The Vine, Jimmy Ladgrove, was thrilled to receive these nominations after all the hard work involved in overcoming the setbacks of last year.

"It just shows recognition of all the hard work and resilience that each pub and hotel has shown," he says.

"It means a lot to be recognised for that because we really worked hard and had a lot of restrictions put on us, so it's nice to be up against some of the best pubs and hotels in Victoria."

One of the ways that The Vine, among others, conquered these setbacks was the switch to takeaway and delivery services during last year's lockdown. Mr Ladgrove commended the community of Wangaratta for their support of The Vine and their takeaway initiative.

"We thought, 'We can't just sit around doing nothing,' so we called our staff, and instead of putting them off, we repurposed them into delivery drivers," he says.

"Thanks to the people of Wangaratta getting behind us, this really helped us survive the past year when we weren't allowed any tourists or visitors to the region."

The winners of the awards will be announced on the 17th of May.

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