The Australian Women in Wine Awards will partner with Wine Australia to take the 2017 awards to a new ‘Women in Wine’ event set to be held in London in September.


THE ADVISORY BOARD of the Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) has confirmed the partnership will result in an exciting new direction for the awards this year.
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 announcement of the winners of the 2017 Australian Women in Wine Awards will take place – the first time these awards will have been announced outside 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,” Thomson siad. “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 – which are owned and operated by The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society – 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), Rose Kentish, Ulithorne (Winemaker of the Year, 2015) and Iain Riggs, Brokenwood (Workplace Champion of Change, 2016).

The Australian Women in Wine London event will include:

  • The announcement of the 2017 Australian Women in Wine award winners;
  • A trade tasting of wineries with female winemakers or owner/operators; and
  • An evening consumer networking event.

The tasting will be held at Australia House, in central London, and will aim to draw more than 250 attendees from across the wine trade and media – with a particular focus on 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 to be included in the event 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.
Space for the event is limited and is first come, first served. Whilst the majority of tables will be for wineries with representation in the UK, there will also be limited space for wineries seeking representation.
This announcement also means that the key dates for the Australian Women in Wine Awards will be changing this year. A further announcement about when entries will open and close for 2017 will be made soon.

To become part of this event please email Emma Symington ( with the following:

  • The winery/brand name;
  • The name of the female winemaker or owner/operator attending; and
  • The Number of wines you would like to show (maximum of seven).