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Left to right: Justine Henschke, Gill Gordon-Smith, Angus Barnes and Pippa Merrett. Photo: Clare Hawley

On November 1 the Wine Communicators of Australia announced the winners of their 2017 Wine Communicator Awards. The top title of Wine Communicator of the Year was taken out by McLaren Vale native, Gill Gordon-Smith.

Gordon-Smith has played a unique role in developing South Australia into a global destination for wine education. As Australia’s first Certified Specialist of Wine (Society of Wine Educators), she is constantly expanding the range of wine qualifications offered in SA, building the TAFE SA Wine and Beverage Specialist School into the state’s leading centre for professional certifications in wine, spirits and sommelier skills.

Grapegrower & Winemaker are also happy to announce that we were awarded Best Wine Publication (Technical & Trade) on the night, which our publisher, Hartley Higgins, was there to accept.

Here is the complete list of recipients:


Best Wine Public Relations Campaign (Individual or Team)
Award Partner: Wine Communicators of Australia
Pernod Ricard Winemakers Brand Communications Team
– St Hugo Cellar Door

Best Wine Publication (Technical & Trade)
Award Partner: Pernod Ricard Winemakers
Grape Grower & Winemaker Magazine – Elizabeth Bouzoudis

Best Wine Publication (Consumer)
Award Partner: Pernod Ricard Winemakers
Gourmet Traveller WINE – Judy Sarris

Best Wine Book (Consumer)
Award Partner: Calabria Family Wines
Australian Wine styles and taste * people and places – Patrick Iland

Best Wine Website / Wine App
Award Partner: Wine-Searcher
Henschke Wines – Justine Henschke

Best Digital Wine Communicator
Award Partner: The Drinks Association
Ali Laslett

Best Featured Article or Wine Column
Award Partner: Treasury Wine Estates
Morgan Dunn

Best Wine Educator
Award Partner: Ehrenberg-Bass Institute
Gill Gordon-Smith

Best New Wine Writer
Award Partner: Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine
Pippa Merrett – The Art of Wine Writing