23 January, 2020

2018 AIWAs announce exciting new format

2018 AIWAs announce exciting new format

The Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) has announced the 2018 ceremony will be held in conjunction with Australia’s first-ever Women in Wine Symposium.

The one-day event - including a formal presentation ceremony for the winners - will take place on Friday, November 16, Quay Restaurant in Sydney.

It’s the first time the awards have had an Australian based ceremony. Previously the awards have been announced virtually via livestream technology, before having their first actual presentation ceremony in London in 2017.

“The incredible success we had in London last year, with 60 Aussie women in wine flying over, means the world’s attention is now on us, and Australia is rightly regarded as an industry leader in the fight for gender equality,” said AWIWA founder and chair Jane Thomson.

“The AWIWA are now in their fourth year, so it’s only right we continue the momentum with a fabulous event on home soil!”

The Australian Women in Wine Awards – which are owned and operated by The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society and conducted with the assistance of an advisory board of industry leaders – works to celebrate and reward the work of women in the Australian wine community, and community leaders who champion equality and fairness for all sexes in the workplace.

Previous winners include Prue Henschke (Viticulturist of the Year, 2016), Sue Hodder (Woman of Inspiration, 2017) and Iain Riggs, Brokenwood (Workplace Champion of Change, 2016).

The Australian Women in Wine Symposium event on 16 November will comprise a morning of leading speakers and panel sessions and the anouncement of the 2018 Australian Women in Wine award winners over a three-course lunch.

Entries for the AWIWA 2018 open on Tuesday 10 July, and there are eight award categories on offer:

Winemaker of the Year
Viticulturist of the Year
Owner/Operator of the Year
Marketer of the Year
Workplace Champion of Change
Researcher of the Year
Cellar Door Person
Woman of Inspiration (Judges Choice)

More information on the Australian Women in Wine Awards, which are now in their fourth year, can be found at www.WomeninWineAwards.com.au.