Last week Jenny Semmler and Kate Strachan were announced as finalists in the competition for Australia’s ‘Fabulous Women in Wine’. These awards seek to acknowledge the achievements of women in the wine industry. We promised profiles of both in the lead-up to the announcements of the winners of the six categories in a national live stream to be broadcast on November 15.
Jenny is the co-proprietor of 919 Wines. Often when you think of the Riverland it is of large tanks and extremely large vineyards. However, as the region has evolved there has been a strong emergence of smaller producers doing unique and amazingly creative things with unusual fruit varietals. Jenny, an integral part of the 919 Wine team, is a talented influencer, a tireless advocate for the region and smaller producers. She is the undisputed leader of this growing movement.
919 Wines, a small family company, specialises in the production of high quality table wines. Based in Glossop in the Riverland, the company was founded in 1999, with the first vineyard established in 2002, and the first vintage in 2004. Since then, the winery has expanded to handle a crush of 60 tonnes of fruit. The 919 vineyards and wines are certified organic, in keeping with their philosophy of living sustainably within the environment
Jenny said “It was a great pleasure and really exciting to open the email advising me of being a finalist. The announcement was delayed by 24 hours due to the large number of entries, so it means the standard must be pretty high. Now we all have to wait until November 15th to see who the winners will be!”
Riverland Wine will be hosting an event at the Loxton Hotel to watch the awards presentation and acknowledge both Jenny’s and Kate’s nominations as finalists. Watch for Kate’s profile next week.