Cellarpass Announces 2014 Destination Awards Winners
Once the voting ended and the results tallied, it was revealed that four Napa Valley wineries and one from Sonoma County swept the inaugural CellarPass Destination Awards, earning accolades for their stellar visitor experiences and excellent customer service. The Awards competition was created by CellarPass, the leading reservations referral service and ticketing platform, to honor their destination partners. Winners will be prominently featured on the CellarPass.com website and honored during a live broadcast on CellarPassTV May 14 at 4 p.m. PDT.
More than 50,000 travelers and industry professionals were invited to vote between March 18 and April 30, and more than 150 destinations were nominated in six categories: Best Unique Tasting Experience; Most Friendly & Knowledgeable Staff; Best Food & Wine Pairing; Best Wine Education Experience; Best Hidden Gem; and Best Romantic Destination. While most of the categories were close calls, the winner of Best Food & Wine Pairing, J Vineyards and Winery, outshined their colleagues with 14.6 percent of the votes, twice as many as the runner up received.
“Early on we learned that peer-to-peer reviews significantly influence which of our member destinations travelers book reservations with,” explained CellarPass co-founder Sarah Elliman. “The annual CellarPass Destination Awards program takes those visitor reviews a step further, allowing guests to recognize destinations that truly raise the bar when it comes to providing the best hospitality experience.”
Overall, women cast 56.3 percent of the CellarPass Destinations Awards votes; male voters weighed in for 43.7 percent of the total. As expected, more than half of the votes --50.8 percent-- came in from the influential 35-54 age group. 25-34-year-olds cast 25.1 percent of votes and 22 percent came from those older than 54.
And the 2014 CellarPass Destination Awards winners are:
Best Unique Tasting Experience: Raymond Vineyards
Most Friendly & Knowledgeable Staff: HALL St. Helena
Best Wine Education Experience: Robert Mondavi Winery
Best Food & Wine Experience: J Vineyards & Winery
Best Hidden Gem: Trinitas Cellars
Best Romantic Destination: Hall Rutherford
Launched in 2010, CellarPass is the leading real-time tour and tasting reservation and ticketing service, offering consumers easy and free, unlimited access to confirmed reservations and tickets which can be booked through their popular mobile iOS app and mobile-friendly website. CellarPass provides a robust guest management platform event producers need to promote events nationwide while connecting with their guests in ways that enhance the visitor experience and build long-lasting relationships.
Follow CellarPass on Facebook at facebook.com/cellarpass and on Twitter at twitter.com/cellarpass. The CellarPass Winery Reservations App is available for download in the Apple App Store, www.cellarpass.com/app or on the company’s mobile-friendly website at www.cellarpass.com/mobile.