The Fabulous Ladies Wine Society has just announced the finalists in this year’s Australian Women in Wine Awards and two of the Riverland’s wine women have been included: Viticulturist of the Year – Kate Strachan and Owner / Operator of the Year – Jenny Semmler. The awards acknowledge and reward the work of women in the Australian wine community and community leaders who champion equality and fairness in the workplace.
There were six awards on offer this year, up from four in 2015, and the number and strength of the entries received exceeded all expectation. AWIWA Advisory Board member, wine writer, and long-time advocate for women in wine Jeni Port, said she found it heartening to see such an outstanding response from across Australia in this, the second year, of the awards.
“The number of entrants has increased considerably from last year. We have had entries from those working in big wine companies and small, in isolated regions and wine areas that roll a little easier off the tongue, then there have been those contributing to truly world-class research and science that places Australia at the forefront of international wine knowledge and, importantly those women – and men – actively striving for gender equality and fairness in the workplace,” said Ms. Port. She added ‘Our finalists announced on Wednesday, represent the cream of what is truly a magnificent bunch of Australians in wine’.
Pleasingly there will not be a ‘Grand Gala Award Ceremony in some far-off capital city. Rather, to maximize the reach and inclusiveness of these awards, the winners will be announced via a live stream broadcast on Tuesday 15 November at 7:30pm AEDT. Each wine region and city is being encouraged to host their own gathering to celebrate the announcement. Riverland Wine will be doing just that. Keep your eye on this column to read more details in coming weeks. The column will also profile Kate and Jenny to share their achievements, their innovations and their passions.