photo by Jeff Aktinson
The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society as together with the AWIWA Advisory Board today announce the finalists of the 2016 Australian Women in Wine Awards.
There were six awards on offer this year, up from four in 2015, and the number and strength of the entries received exceeded all expectation. AWIWA Advisory Board member, wine writer, and long-time advocate for women in wine Jeni Port, said she found it heartening to see such an outstanding response from across Australia in this, the second year, of the awards.
“The number of entrants has increased considerably from last year. We have had entries from those working in big wine companies and small, in isolated regions and wine areas that roll a little easier off the tongue, then there have been those contributing to truly world-class research and science that places Australia at the forefront of international wine knowledge and, importantly those women – and men – actively striving for gender equality and fairness in the workplace,” said Ms. Port.
“Our finalists announced today represent the cream of what is truly a magnificent bunch of Australians in wine.”
Brian Walsh, Chair of Wine Australia, who joined the AWIWA Board this year, said that the judging process was both onerous and inspiring.
“There was an amazing depth of talent across the entries and everyone had a different story to share – from seasoned contributors to those who who are rapidly making their mark. Many have only reluctantly entered at the urging of their peers and loved-ones, modestly believing that they are just normal women in wine. I think super-normal is more appropriate,” observed Mr. Walsh.
The breadth of the wine community was well represented within entries – from wine tourism to distribution, and from PR to winemaking – demonstrating that although still in their infancy, these awards are reaching and recognizing women right across the value chain.
The finalists in each of the six award categories are (in alphabetical order):
Winemaker of the Year – sponsored by Wine Ark
Jo Marsh, Emma Norbiato, Anna Pooley, Alexia Roberts
Viticulturist of the Year – sponsored by Wine Australia
Jennifer Doyle, Prue Henschke, Kate Strachan
Owner / Operator of the Year – sponsored by Halliday
Eliza Brown, Sarah Collingwood, Jenny Semmler, Kim Tyrer
Workplace Champion of Change – sponsored by Vinomofo
Irene Hatzigeorgiou, Lindey Milan, Iain Riggs / Brokenwood
Researcher of the Year – sponsored by Lallemand
Dimitra Capone, Roberta De Bei & Cassandra Collins (team), Kerry Wilkinson
Cellar Door Person of the Year
Rebecca Barr, Renee Brown, Kara Hood, Peta Serafin