In a year where few things are going ahead as planned, the 2020 Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) with entries closing on the September 29. Winners will be announced in a livestream broadcast on Tuesday November 24.
Now in its sixth year, the Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) are the worlds first and only awards that honour the work of women in the Australian Wine Community; leaders who champion diversity and fairness for all sexes in the workplace.
For Riverland producers the ravaging impacts of drought, hail and global pandemic mean that in 2020, stories of ‘success’ may not mean what they have in the past. Staying in business, retaining staff, pivoting to new markets, preserving customers and getting through a challenging vintage are all achievements the AWIWA will recognise in the 2020 awards.
The categories are: Winemaker of the Year; Viticulturalist of the Year; Marketer of the Year; Cellar Door Person of the Year; Champion of Diversity and Equality; Owner/Operator of the Year; and Women of Inspiration.
Riverland winemakers produced 34% of the national crush in 2020. The region has an outstanding record of consistency over the period of the awards. The following ladies have already been recognised.
- 2016 – Jenny Semmler, 919 Wines (Owner/Operator of the Year).
- 2017 – Jasmine Morgan, Caudo Vineyards (Cellar Door Person of the Year).
- 2018 – Nicole Pitman, Kingston Estate Wines (Viticulturalist of the Year) and Lynda Schenk, Purple Giraffe Marketing (Marketer of the Year).
- 2019 – Sheridan Alm, Starrs Reach Vineyard (Viticulturalist of the Year).
Two awards have eluded the region thus far. These are: Winemaker of the Year and Champion of Diversity and Equality. The opportunity is now for all members is to nominate women of inspiration in any of the categories. Visit the AWIWA website and nominate someone you know or, tap someone on the shoulder.
Sheridan Alm, 2019 Viticulturalist of the Year said, “I was proud to be representing the many small family owned wine grape growing businesses in Australia who contribute to filling the bottle. The award acknowledges that great wine begins in the vineyard and that even a region like the Riverland plays an important role in adding value to the clean and green, wide open spaces and blue sky stories that sell Australian wine all over the world. I would encourage all to nominate those who are innovative and pushing the boundaries of wine grape growing.”