The winners of the 2017 Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) were announced on 26 September, at a ceremony at Australia House in London.
“This is a pivotal day in Australia’s proud wine history,” said AWIWA founder Jane Thomson, who hosted the ceremony. “Today we not only recognised the depth and breadth of female talent in our own wine community, we did so on a global stage and showed the world that Australia values and champions the many and varied roles of women in wine.”
“The winners announced today are just the tip of the iceberg of what our country has to offer the world of wine,” said AWIWA Board member and wine marketer Toni Carlino.
Winemaker of the Year (sponsored by WineArk): Virginia Willcock, Vasse Felix
Viticulturist of the Year (sponsored by Wine Australia): Jennifer Doyle, Jansz
Owner / Operator of the Year (sponsored by JancisRobinson.com): Sarah Collingwood, Four Winds Vineyard
Workplace Champion of Change (sponsored by Winemakers Federation of Australia): Professor Eileen Scott, Adelaide University
Cellar Door Person of the Year (sponsored by Platinum Bags): Jasmine Morgan, Caudo Vineyards
Researcher of the Year (sponsored by Inkwell Wines): Christine Böttcher, CSIRO – Agriculture & Food
Marketer of the Year (sponsored by Brown Brothers): Ebony Tinkler, Usher Tinkler Wines
Woman of Inspiration (sponsored by Irvine Wines): Sue Hodder, Wynns
Honorary Australian Woman in Wine (sponsored by Wine Australia UK): Sarah Ahmed, The Wine Detective
Viticulturist of the Year winner, Jennifer Doyle felt the warmth of a female focused award. “It is such an honour to have been recognised by such an inspiring and uplifting community of women,” she said.
Doyle has worked with Janz in Tasmania for the past nine years and is pleased to bring home the prize after being shortlisted last year.
“Tasmania’s Pipers River region[…] has rewarded me with some of the most fruitful years of my career to date.”
The awards were held in London as part of a partnership with Wine Australia, and opened a day of Women in Wine trade and consumer tasting events.
Chair of Wine Australia, Brian Walsh said he hoped the awards provide inspiration to other women considering a career in wine.
“We hope that the recognition of the stellar contributions of women in the research, growing, making, marketing and selling of Australian fine wine will provide an inspiration for women anywhere in the world to seek a long-term career in the sector.”
“Men have an even bigger role to play to ensure we provide an environment and workplace culture that nourishes and harnesses these obvious talents – creating a better and fairer global wine community,” said Walsh.
The awards ceremony was streamed live to everyone back in Australia and around the world.
The recorded ceremony is available for viewing at womeninwineawards.com.au