A tasting event at Australia House London will take place on Tuesday 26 September to demonstrate the quality and diversity of Australian wines made by female winemakers and wine brands owned by women.
As part of the tasting, the winners of the 2017 Australian Women in Wine Awards will be announced – the first time they have been announced outside Australia.
The changes follow AWIWA announcing a new partnership with Wine Australia.
Jane Thomson, founder of the awards, will fly to London to announce the winners and will host this part of the event.
“This is an exciting development for the Australian Women in Wine Awards,” Jane said.
“Showcasing our women in wine on such an important international stage is not only good for the advancement of gender equality, it’s good for the entire Australian wine community.”
The Australian Women in Wine Awards – owned and operated by The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society – celebrates and rewards the work of women in Australian wine, and community leaders who champion equality and fairness for all sexes in the workplace.
Previous winners include Prue Henschke (Viticulturist of the Year, 2016), Rose Kentish, Ulithorne (Winemaker of the Year, 2015) and Iain Riggs, Brokenwood (Workplace Champion of Change, 2016).
The tasting will be held in the prestigious surroundings of Australia House in central London with about 250 attendees at the trade tasting from across the wine trade, with a particular focus on press, independent wine merchants and top sommeliers.
Any winery with a female winemaker or owner/operator is invited to be a part of this event. However, it is a requirement that the female winemaker or owner/operator must attend the event to pour their wines.
“In good news for marketing budgets, Wine Australia will cover all the costs of the tasting. Attendees simply need to pay to make their own way to London,” Wine Australia says.
“Space for the event is limited and is first come, first served. While the majority of tables will be for wineries with representation in the UK, there will also be limited space for wineries seeking representation.”
Key dates for the Australian Women in Wine Awards will be changing this year. A further announcement about when entries will open and close will be made soon.
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