Australian Women in Wine Awards, London
Australian women, wine and London: a perfect blend.
It's almost summertime in London and I have already started celebrating the lighter evenings with a glass or two of a fine Australian wine in my East London garden. Given my penchant for a tipple from the homeland, you can imagine my joy to discover that the Australian Women in Wine Awards 2017 will be held in London later this year.
Australian Women in Wine Awards
The Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) have traditionally been organised and delivered by The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society, an organisation which nurtures and celebrates women working in viticulture. This year, a new partnership with Wine Australia means that the 2017 awards are taking place at Australia House on London's the Strand in September.
As the biggest gathering of Australian women winemakers and winery principals outside Australia, the event promises to be exceptional. Awards announcements start at 10am and kick-off a day of tastings and opportunities for attendees to rub shoulders with key women working in the wine industry, including independent wine merchants, sommeliers and viticulturists.
More than 50 female winemakers and winery principals will be flying in from Australia to be part of the event. The list includes Prue Henschke (Henschke), Virginia Willcock (Vasse Felix), Louisa Rose (Yalumba), Sandra de Pury (Yeringberg), Christie Schulz (Turkey Flat), Corrina Wright (Oliver's Taranga), Samantha Connew (Stargazer), Stephanie Toole (Mount Horrocks) and Rebekah Richardson (Irvine Wines). The participating wineries are from over 20 wine regions across Australia – Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, Margaret River, McLaren Vale and Tasmania to name a few. Some of the wineries you will be familiar with, some you won’t as this will be their first showing in London.
The Awards feature the following eight categories:
- Winemaker of the Year
- Viticulturalist of the Year
- Owner/Operator of the Year
- Cellar/Door Person of the Year
- Woman of Inspiration
- Marketer of the Year
- Workplace Champion of Change
- Researcher of the Year
This year there is also a special award for Honorary Australian in Wine for the UK. This award will be presented to a woman in the UK trade who has made a significant and on-going contribution to Australian wine.
Fancy getting involved?
The Wine Australia UK team are busy organising the programme of events for the big day, Tuesday 26 September. I’ll publish an update with more details nearer the time on how to get involved, and how you can win tickets to the evening tasting.
Can't make it to the UK?
The event will be streamed all over the world from Australia House in London on Tuesday 26 September at 10am in the UK /6.30pm in Adelaide
For more information about the event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the Australian Women in Wine Awards, please see http://womeninwineawards.com.au