The Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) will return to Australia this year after going on the road to London last year. The awards ceremony will take place on Friday 16 November at Quay Restaurant in Sydney in conjunction with Australia’s first-ever Women in Wine Symposium.
“The incredible success we had in London last year, with 60 Aussie women in wine flying over, means the world’s attention is now on us, and Australia is rightly regarded as an industry leader in the fight for gender equality,” said AWIWA founder and chair Jane Thomson.
“The AWIWA are now in their fourth year, so it’s only right we continue the momentum with a fabulous event on home soil.”
The Australian Women in Wine Awards – owned and operated by The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society and conducted with the assistance of an advisory board of industry leaders – works to celebrate and reward the work of women in the Australian wine community, and community leaders who champion equality and fairness for all sexes in the workplace. Previous winners include Prue Henschke (Viticulturist of the Year 2016), Sue Hodder (Woman of Inspiration 2017) and Iain Riggs of Brokenwood (Workplace Champion of Change 2016).
The day after the symposium and awards ceremony, the AWIWA has partnered with Revel Global (formerly Bottle Shop Concepts) to run ‘Daughters of Winearchy’, a consumer tasting event focused on Australian women in wine. Any winery with a female winemaker or owner/operator or viticulturist is invited to be a part of this event. The female winemaker/operator/viticulturist must attend the event in person to pour their wines.
Entries for the AWIWA 2018 open on Tuesday 10 July. There are eight award categories:
• Winemaker of the Year
• Viticulturist of the Year
• Owner/Operator of the Year
• Marketer of the Year
• Workplace Champion of Change
• Researcher of the Year
• Cellar Door Person
• Woman of Inspiration (Judges Choice)
WBM – Australia’s Wine Business Magazine is a sponsor of the awards.
For more information visit www.WomeninWineAwards.com.au
Photograph: Winners in London last year, from left – Virginia Wilcock, Sue Hodder, Jennifer Doyle, Ebony Tinkler, Sarah Ahmed and Sarah Collingwood.