The Australian Women in Wine Awards has announced the 2019 finalists in the world’s only awards program for women in wine.
“The depth and breadth of talent we had enter the awards this year made it exceptionally difficult for our judges,” said Jane Thomson, AWIWA founder and chair.
“And it just goes to show that after five years of operation, we are continuing to attract the very best female talent in the Australian wine community! Theirs are exceptional stories that deserve to be told and celebrated.”
All categories have three finalists, except in the case of the Champion of Diversity and Equality, which the judges felt required four.
The finalists in each award category are (in alphabetical order by surname):
- Winemaker of the Year – sponsored by Tonnellerie Saint Martin
- Nat Cleghorn, Yalumba
- Vanya Cullen, Cullen Wines
- Jo Marsh, Billy Button Wines
- Researcher/Innovator of the Year – sponsored by Angove Family Winemakers
- Joanna Gambetta, Charles Sturt University
- Inca Lee, Vinehealth Australia
- Mango Parker, The Australian Wine Research Institute
- Champion of Diversity & Equality – sponsored by Australian Grape and Wine
- Trish Barry, Mastermind Consulting
- Carolyn Coon & Kristy Keyte, Treasury Wine Estates
- John Davis, Pepper Tree Wines
- Pernod Ricard Winemakers – Better Balance Ambassadors
- Marketer of the Year – sponsored by denomination
- Elizabeth Calabria-Staltare, Calabria Family Wines
- Imogen Hayes, Handpicked Wines
- Rebecca Love, Howard Park Wines
- Cellar Door Person of the Year – sponsored by Purple Giraffe
- Lauren Hutton, Bethany Wines
- Ulrika Larsson, Clairault Streicker
- Jodhi Thoms, Elderton Wines
- Viticuturist of the Year – sponsored by Wine Australia
- Sheridan Alm, Starrs Reach Vineyard
- Brooke Howell, Yalumba Family Winemakers
- Amanda Mader, Vine Scout
- Owner/Operator of the Year – sponsored by WineWorks Australia
- Laura Carter, Unico Zelo
- Belinda Chambers, Lake Moodemere Estate
- Sarah McDougall, Lake George Winery
The eighth award category, Woman of Inspiration Award – sponsored by Irvine Wines – is a judges’ choice award determined by the AWIWA Advisory Board. No entry is required, and the winner will be announced at the awards ceremony.
The 2019 awards were judged by panels made up of AWIWA Advisory board members as well as previous winners.
In addition to this year’s eight award categories, Wine Australia will be sponsoring the Honorary Australian Woman in Wine Award – US, with a bursary prize to explore Victorian wine regions proudly supported by the Victorian Government. This accolade will be awarded to a woman who lives and works in the US and has made a positive impact in the US wine industry promoting Australian Wine.
This award honours the Australian Women in Wine Awards 2019 ceremony’s host country, the US, and ties in with the largest wine promotion ever held in the US – Far From Ordinary.
The winners of each award category will be announced at the 2019 AWIWA ceremony in New York on the evening of September 17 (morning of September 18, Australian time) in partnership with Wine Australia.
The live stream will take place via the Australian Women in Wine Facebook page.
More information on the Australian Women in Wine Awards can be found at www.WomeninWineAwards.com.au.