Virgin Australia The Duo wine

Virgin Australia Awarded 'Best for Onboard Beverages'

13 Apr 2017

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Kicking back with a glass of good wine is the ultimate way to relax mid-flight, a fact which Virgin Australia understand and embrace.

To allow for the effect of high altitudes on tastebuds, Virgin Australia teamed up with Barossa Valley winery St Hallett and Fine Wine Partners to create “The Duo”, a customised wine created specifically for in-flight consumption. Accompanied by the inspired menu created by resident chef Luke Mangan, The Duo completes a business class dining combo worth writing home about, and the world has noticed.

Virgin Australia was named Best for Onboard Beverages at the Onboard Hospitality Awards 2017, held in Hamburg last week.

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Virgin Australia The Duo wine
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The judges, George Banks and Nikos Loukas, said: “A specially-blended wine from an historic wine producing region, this wine 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.”

Virgin Australia’s General Manager In-flight Experience, Tash Tobias, said: “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.

“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,” Ms Tobias said.

The Onboard Hospitality Awards are organised annually by Onboard Hospitality magazine and celebrate excellence and innovation in air, rail and cruise.


Find out more about this award winning airline: Fun Facts About Virgin Australia