Loxton Hotel set the scene for a very special celebration on Tuesday night this week. A large gathering of family, friends, industry colleagues and well-wishers gathered to witness a live stream broadcast from London. Wine Australia and the Fabulous Women in Wine Society convened a large gathering of wine industry champions at Australia House in London to introduce finalists and announce WINNERS in the contest to find Australia’s most fabulous women in wine. There were eight categories in all including Cellar Door Person of the Year.
Jasmine Morgan, from Caudo Vineyard, near Cadell was announced as one of three finalists from Cellar Doors right around Australia. Complete silence as the envelope was opened then the reflections room exploded with excitement and joy as Jasmine was proclaimed Australia’s Cellar Door Person of the Year!
Jasmine was radiant as she recovered from the shock and excitement. She said “I’m thrilled and honoured to receive the award… I am over the moon to be recognised not only locally but nationally for what I do”. She made special mention of Christine and Zac Caudo and her fabulous staff and thanked them for granting her the opportunity to work with them all in such a progressive, proud and fun organisation. She also acknowledged Riverland Wine’s Lynda Schenk for encouraging her to ‘have a go’ and she urged other fabulous women in wine from the region to nominate for these prestigious awards in coming years.
Chris Byrne, EO of Riverland Wine said, “Tuesday night was another brilliant celebration honouring another Fabulous Woman of Wine from our proud region. We congratulate Jasmine for being recognised nationally and indeed internationally and we and thank her for her contribution in raising awareness of just how many hidden gems there are to be discovered in this great region… the wind beneath the wings of the wine industry”. He added “Following last year’s success when the region honoured Kate Strachan for being a finalist in the Viticulturist of the Year category and Jenny Semmler for taking out the honours as Owner Operator of the Year, it illustrates once again, adversity breeds success. None of this comes easily; it’s all about a vision, a belief in one’s business, a good measure of risk, a big dose of hard work, a touch of fun and the odd bit of luck”.