The Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) and Wine Australia will jointly host the 2019 awards in New York in September, as a preface to the Aussie Wine Month campaign in the USA.
“The fact that the AWIWA has been chosen by Wine Australia to be one of the opening pieces of this exciting new campaign, clearly shows that telling the story about our women in wine and celebrating their significance has global significance, as well as benefits for the entire industry as a whole,” said Jane Thomson, AWIWA’s founder and Chair.
The event will take place at Union West in Chelsea, New York, in the presence of media and trade. It will coincide with a tasting of Australian wines produced by female winemakers.
The Australian Women in Wine Awards was founded in 2015 to acknowledge the work done by women in the Australian wine industry. The awards honour women working in a wide range of areas, including winemaking, viticulture, research, innovation and marketing, among others. It is the only awards program for women in wine in the world.
In 2019, there will be a special award, the Honorary Australian Woman in Wine Award – USA, which will go to a woman in the US who has been an advocate for Australian wine. This award is presented and sponsored by Wine Australia.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the inspiring work of female wine producers in Australia and to continue to encourage diversity and innovation in the Australian wine sector,” said Andreas Clark, CEO of Wine Australia.
Wine Australia’s Aussie Wine Month is to feature a six-city trade roadshow, of which the Australian Women in Wine Awards is a part.