Australian Women in Wine Awards 2017

Australian Women in Wine Awards 2017

Wine Australia has teamed up with the Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) to host the 2017 awards in London.
Australian Women in Wine Awards 2017
Australian Women in Wine Awards 2017 26 Sep 2017
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Wine Australia has teamed up with the Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) to host the 2017 awards in London - the first time that the winners will be announced outside of Australia. As part of the event, Wine Australia will be running trade and consumer tastings on 26 September. 

This unique event - the first of its kind - gives the UK trade, press and consumers the opportunity to meet Australia’s most prominent women in wine, taste their wines and hear their stories. It will be the world’s largest gathering of Australian women winemakers and winery principals. 

Over 50 female winemakers and winery principals will be showcasing their wines and demonstrating the quality, diversity and innovation of Australian wine. Participating wineries are from over 20 wine regions across Australia including Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, Margaret River, McLaren Vale and Tasmania.

Attending winemakers

The line-up ranges from some of the country’s most iconic winemakers to the most pioneering new kids on the block. These stars only rarely come to the UK en-masse, and having so many of them under one roof is a first. Combining experience, expertise and experimentation, these ladies are shaking up the Australian wine landscape in their own way. From planting alternative varieties and testing out new methods to winning awards and consulting on industry issues, all these women have a fascinating story to tell. As diverse as the women are, they share some similarities and can be assembled into seven groups:

The Icons

These leading ladies need no introduction; they are some of Australia's best-known and most iconic winemakers and viticulturists.

The High Flyers

This group - the latest movers and shakers - are some of the most exciting, innovative and down-right talented women in wine.  They are winning awards as winemakers, their wines are picking up medals, they are wine judges and sit on boards in the industry.  

The Family Affair

Some of these women are the nth generation, like Corrina Wright who is the sixth generation of the Oliver family with a history of grape growing in South Australia dating back over 170 years. Others work alongside their family, like Kathy Drogemuller who set up Paracombe Wines with her husband in 1992 and her two children are now part of the business.

The Givers Back

This is a collection of women who have a passion for the environment and sustainability, as well as contributing to society and giving something back to the community. In the vineyard, these women champion minimal intervention, organic and biodynamic methods whilst outside they hold workshops, and support charities and local groups.

New Kids On The Block

As the name suggests, these are some of the young guns that are taking their region by storm. With the exception of Raidis Estate (stocked by Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies), these wineries aren’t yet distributed in the UK. Through this event, Wine Australia is giving the UK trade a sneaky peak at these exciting, up-and-coming producers.  

The Career Changers

These women worked in very different jobs before succumbing to their love and crossing over into wine production. Vet, nurse, photographer and supermarket wine buyer are just some of the earlier careers of these fascinating women. Meet these women and hear the stories behind their rather unconventional career paths.

The French

The women in this group have a French connection; they are all French by birth with the exception of Alexandra Maurisset who is married to a Frenchman. Despite close ties to France, they’ve chosen to make wine in Australia. One of them even manages to do a vintage in Australia and in France nearly every year.

Tastings

The tastings will take place in the prestigious surroundings of Australia House on London’s Strand. Australia House, not usually open to the public, features in various films including this year’s Wonder Woman.

26 September 2017
11:00am - 5:00pm Trade tasting
Trade tasting
When
Tuesday, 11:00am - 5:00pm
Presented by
Wine Australia & Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA)

The trade tasting will be held between 11am - 5pm on 26 September in the Exhibition Hall at Australia House. The tasting gives the UK trade and media the opportunity to meet Australia’s most prominent women in wine, taste their wines and hear their stories. Over 50 female winemakers and winery principals will be showcasing their wines and demonstrating the quality, diversity and innovation of Australian wine. Participating wineries are from over 20 wine regions across Australia including Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, Margaret River, McLaren Vale and Tasmania.

Have a look at the tasting booklet here.

6:30pm - 9:00pm Consumer tasting
Consumer tasting
When
Tuesday, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Presented by
Wine Australia & Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA)

In the evening, Wine Australia is hosting a consumer tasting event, held in partnership with Women in the City, a women’s networking group for professional women in London. The event will run between 6.30pm - 9pm on 26 September in the Exhibition Hall of Australia House.

At the tasting, you’ll get to meet over 50 Aussie women winemakers and winery principals, try their wines and hear their stories. There will be 100 wines to taste, canapés and a panel discussion, led by Wine Australia’s Laura Jewell MW, with five winemakers.

For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

Seminar

Seminar on women's roles over the last 10 years in the UK wine trade

26 September 2017
5:00pm - 6:30pm Seminar
Seminar
When
Tuesday, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Presented by
Wine Australia & Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA)

The seminar will be held between 5pm - 6.30pm on 26 September in the Downer Room at Australia House. It will continue our theme of celebrating Women in Wine by focusing on women in the UK wine trade.

Participating wineries

  • 919 Wines
  • Accolade
  • All Saints Estate
  • Aphelion Wines
  • Art Wine
  • Avani
  • Azur Estate Wines
  • Bekkers
  • Bellarmine Wines
  • Bird on a Wire
  • Box Grove Vineyard
  • Brothers in Arms
  • Calabria
  • De Bortoli
  • Delamere Vineyards
  • Five Geese
  • Fox Gordon
  • Gemtree
  • Goodman Wines
  • Henry's Drive
  • Henschke
  • Irvine Wines
  • Jacob's Creek
  • Jones Winery and Vineyard
  • Mount Horrocks
  • Oliver's Taranga
  • Paracombe Wines
  • Penley Estate
  • Penny's Hill
  • Pizzini Wines
  • Raidis Estate
  • Rose Kentish Wines
  • Rymill Coonawarra
  • Sevenhill Cellars
  • Sew and Sew wines
  • Stanton & Killeen
  • Star Lane Winery
  • Stargazer
  • Sutherland Estate
  • Symphonia Fine Wines
  • TarraWarra Estate
  • The Sparkke Change Beverage Company
  • Thomas Vineyard Estate
  • Turkey Flat
  • Ulupna Wines
  • Vanguardist Wines
  • Vasse Felix
  • Wynns Coonawarra Estate
  • Yalumba
  • Yarra Yering
  • Yeringberg

Participating wineries seeking distribution

  • 919 Wines
  • All Saints Estate
  • Aphelion Wines
  • Art Wine
  • Avani
  • Azur Estate Wines
  • Bird on a Wire
  • Box Grove Vineyard
  • Delamere Vineyards
  • Gemtree
  • Goodman Wines
  • Jones Winery and Vineyard
  • Paracombe Wines
  • Penley Estate
  • Rose Kentish Wines
  • Sew and Sew wines
  • Star Lane Winery
  • Sutherland Estate
  • Symphonia Fine Wines
  • TarraWarra Estate
  • The Sparkke Change Beverage Company
  • Thomas Vineyard Estate
  • Ulupna Wines
  • Vanguardist Wines
  • Yeringberg


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