Last night I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural Australian Women in Wine Awards Night at Rigby’s Bar in Perth City – and what a wonderful evening it was!
The awards celebrate all the fabulous women who make the Aussie wine industry so great. You can read more about this great initiative by Jane Thomson of The Fabulous Ladies Wine Society here.
I had such a great night mingling with fellow wine lovers and I really can’t wait for the 2016 awards to take place. I hope to see many more fab WA wine ladies entering.
A big well done to all participants and winners on the night. The awards went to:
- Winemaker of the Year, Sponsored by Wine Ark – Rose Kentish, Ulithorne Wines (McLaren Vale)
- Viticulturist of the Year, Sponsored by Wine Australia – Irina Santiago-Brown, Inkwell Wines (McLaren Vale)
- Owner / Operator of the Year, Sponsored by Cellarhand – Rebecca Duffy, Holm Oak Vineyards (Tasmania)
- Workplace Champion of Change, Sponsored by Vinomofo – Dianne Laurance, Laurance Wines (Margaret River)
It definitely wasn’t your usual awards night with the presentation taking place via a projector screen so everyone around the country had the opportunity to attend the event in the main centres. In Perth we just had to be careful to avoid social media since the awards took place at 7:30pm AEST.
A big well done to the talented person who put together the presentation video, it was fantastic. I have to admit one of my favourite slides was what the winners were awarded – I like the practicality of the work boots!
You can view the entire presentation video below:
Naturally the night also consisted of some stunning tipples to taste from WA including:
- 3Drops Riesling – From Joanne Bradbury (finalist)
- Bellarmine Pinot Noir – Made by winemaker Diane Miller
- Howard Park Sparkling – Made by winemaker Janice McDonald
- Laurance Wines Rose – From Dianne Laurance (finalist)
- Vasse Felix Chardonnay – Made by winemaker Virginia Wilcock
I admit to trying a nip (glass) of each of the whites and rosé – they were all absolutely delicious! Having tried the Pinot before I thought it would be a good idea not to mix my whites and reds on the night seeing as it was a school night and all! Seeing as I just got back from a 10km walk, it’s safe to say my no-hangover strategy worked!
Throughout the night we snacked on canapés and listened to the sultry jazz tunes of the gorgeous Cathrine Summers who really set the perfect mood & tone for the night (check out a video of Cathrine here).
A huge thanks to Maddie from Poppin Cork Events for inviting me along to such a wonderful event and to Lara from The Fabulous Ladies Wine Society for bringing bucket loads of wine-loving glamour to the night.
Bring on 2016! #AWIWA #WineChicksRule
To see more photos from the night, check out my dedicated Facebook album.