International Women’s Day (IWD) is being celebrated around the globe on the 8th of March and I want to give a special shout out to all women in wine!
To celebrate, here at the TC headquarters we will no doubt be popping a few bottles, however, I also wanted to put together a blog post dedicated to all the women who work in the wine industry and also to all those lovely ladies who drink wine to support the industry (that’s most of us covered right?).
This is my way to say thank you for doing such an amazing job – you ladies bloody rock.
But firstly, let’s take a look at exactly what International Women’s Day is. The IWD website says:
International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
It’s a day for women to celebrate themselves and others, and also for men to celebrate their female counterparts. And what better way to celebrate than with wine and following/supporting some of these awesome ladies in the wine industry who I admire:
Belinda Austin – 6Ft6 & Austin’s Wines
Belle owns and operates Austin’s Wines just outside of Geelong with her husband Scott. They have built up an amazing company made up of two wine brands – Austin’s and the wonderfully fun (and vegan-friendly) range that is 6Ft6.
Last year they opened their absolutely gorgeous cellar door – which I have visited on a couple of occasions and they are constantly wowing us with new and exciting wines and events. I am also one of their Wonder Vine Club members because I enjoy the wines so much!
Belle is an incredibly marketer, mother (she has 4 children!!) and woman in wine.
Joanne Bradbury – 3 Drops Wine & Olive Oil
Jo is a great friend of mine and she really is an amazing woman in the wine industry.
What she is doing with not only the 3 Drops brand but also for the effort and time she puts in to promote the Great Southern wine region and West Australian wine industry as a whole is admirable.
Jo is an incredibly friendly and wonderful person that you simply can’t help but want to sit down and have a vino or two with.
L-R: John Bradbury, Casey (TC) and Joanne Bradbury
Nicola Heyes – Pandemonium Estate
Nic is one of the funnest people you’ll meet in the wine industry. She is currently the cellar door manager at Pandemonium Estate in Perth’s Swan Valley and I am lucky to call her a good friend.
She gives an epic wine tasting and is a fantastic champion of the Swan Valley and WA wine scene. Plus she has wrote some fantastic articles for this blog too! Check out Nicola’s wine articles here.
Madeline Puckette – Wine Folly
You may already know that I am a huge fangirl of Wine Folly. This wonderful woman in wine has taken wine blogging to a whole new level. She has books, online wine content on nearly every topic under the sun (or should I say vine?) not to mention plenty of infographics to make digesting wine education a heck of a lot easier.
Katherine & Caroline Brown – Brown Brothers
These two sisters in wine are doing some amazing things when it comes to the Brown Brothers wine brand. When I attended the Patricia 2017 launch in Perth they said they want to ‘create adventures in wine’ – especially when it comes to wine and food matching. I love wine, food and an adventure – so count me in!
I can’t wait to visit the winery later this year, it’s been high on my bucket list for a while now and since I am now based in Victoria – it would be rude not to really!
Caroline is the Public Relations Manager for Brown Brothers and Katherine is the first female winemaker in the family. Make sure to follow these lovely ladies and the Brown Brothers brand on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
L-R: Katherine Brown, Casey (TC) and Caroline Brown
Cathy Howard – Whicher Ridge Wines
I met Cathy a good few years ago now and have a lot of respect and admiration for her. Cathy and her husband, Neil, own and operate Whicher Ridge Wines in Chapman Hill (WA’s Geographe wine region). Cathy has been awarded the ‘Best Trade or Technical Wine Writer’ award from Wine Communicators of Australia. She is full of awesome wine knowledge and creativity.
The Whicher Ridge cellar door should be on everyone’s wine travel bucket list, as the wine sensory garden is something all wine lovers need to see with their own eyes. An absolutely gorgeous spot and Cathy is a wonderful host. Plus you’ll no doubt get to meet the gorgeous Polly, aka Whicher Ridge’s official wine dog.
Cathy & Neil Howard
Anna Wallner – The Cava Lady
Anna from Sweden has an extreme thirst for the Spanish Sparkling wine – Cava. She has become one of the go-to experts on this Spanish fizz via her website and also books (printed in both English and Swedish).
She travels frequently to the Penedès which is the wine region where Cava is made (just out of Barcelona. I also love her posts from her home in Sweden (having spent a year living in Finland back in 2004, there is something about the Scandinavian lifestyle I can’t get enough of).
I have followed Anna for a number of years on social media now, from when she blogged about Cava whilst having a normal job, to having children and all the other bits and pieces you go through in life.
Anja Lewis – Canny Grapes
I first came across Anja when she was working at the Sandalford cellar door in the Swan Valley a number of years ago. Anja is now a leading wine educator in Perth with a very obvious passion for all things wine.
She has an absolute ball sharing her knowledge of the wine world with thirsty wine lovers. Fun fact: she also has a very interesting background working on private yachts in the Caribbean for a number of years!
Of course, there are plenty more absolutely wonderful women in wine (including all you ladies who read this blog!), this is only a mere handful – however, my glass is empty and I need to go get a top up stat. Make sure on the 8th of March you raise a glass to all the wonderful women in wine!
PS: Let us know below which women in wine you’ll be cheers-ing for IWD….