Four South Australians have won prestigious accolades at the Australian Women in Wine Awards in London.
More than fifty women from across Australia’s wine industry – half of them representing South Australia – travelled to London for the event, which was the largest gathering of Australian female winemakers and winery principals in the world.
The South Australian winners are:
- Workplace Champion of Change – Professor Eileen Scott, University of Adelaide
- Cellar Door Person of the Year – Jasmine Morgan, Caudo Vineyard (Riverland)
- Researcher of the Year – Christine Böttcher, CSIRO Agriculture & Food, Adelaide
- Woman of Inspiration – Sue Hodder, Wynns (Coonawarra)
The event provided a platform to showcase the diversity and quality of Australian wine while celebrating the work and achievements of women in the industry.
South Australian women in wine represented many of the state’s 18 distinct wine regions, including Barossa, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley, Langhorne Creek, Coonawarra and Padthaway.
Winners of the Australian Women in Wine Awards were announced overnight at an event in London.
Adelaide is a member of the prestigious Great Wine Capitals Global Network. The membership is a collaboration between Brand South Australia, Primary Industries and Regions SA, the South Australian Tourism Commission and the South Australian Wine Industry Association.
A further networking event for South Australia’s women in wine will be held today in London. This event is sponsored by the South Australian Government and delivered through the Office of the Agent General, London.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell
It’s fantastic to see such a strong representation of South Australia’s women in wine at this year’s awards. It demonstrates the skills, commitment and experience of women leading our wine industry.
Our women in wine contribute significantly to our industry in a diverse range of roles, from winemakers, viticulturists and business owners to marketers, distributors and salespeople.
It’s important we continue to encourage women in agribusiness roles, which is why the State Government has a Women Influencing Agribusiness and Regions Strategy.
Quotes attributable to Winemaker and Director of Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards Corrina Wright
I don’t believe we have had a gathering like this in Australia, so it really is a breakthrough event.
South Australia leads the country in wine and each of their stories adds more excitement and interest to the category as a whole – both domestically and internationally.
Currently, women make up less than 10% of the production roles in our wine industry – this is despite being 50-50 heading into winemaking or viticulture studies at university.
Improving diversity is the key to strengthening our wine industry as a whole, and the businesses within it.
Quotes attributable to Winemaker, Irvine Wines, Rebekah Richardson
The awards and event in London are a great way to highlight the strength and breadth of women within the wine industry in Australia.
Having been in the industry for over twenty years I have never seen a gathering of this type focussing on women, ever.
This is ground breaking on many levels and gives me hope that the future generations of women in our industry will have a more equitable voice.
It helps shine the light on the phenomenal women who have helped and will continue to help shape the wine industry of Australia.