Since 2015, the Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) has been championing for gender equality in the wine industry and celebrating the achievements of women in wine.
2019, sees history being made with the release of a wine made by a group of four extraordinary and diverse female winemakers (including Coonawarra’s own Sue Hodder) each donating barrels of 2018 shiraz for a joint project aimed at encouraging more women to enter the Australian wine industry. According to AWIWA, participation rates of women in some areas of the industry are in decline.
Heading up the project is Eden Valley winemaker, Rebekah Richardson, at Irvine Wines, who is on the advisory board of the Australian Women In Wine Awards (AWIWA).
She reached out to colleagues Sue Hodder at Wynns Coonawarra Estate, Emma Norbiato at Calabria Family Wines, which owns old vine vineyards in the Barossa Valley, and Corrina Wright at Oliver’s Taranga in McLaren Vale.
“The idea is to create a blend of wine which brings together not only wine region strengths, but also an expression of the maker’s own particular style,” says Rebekah Richardson.
Each maker contributed two barrels of 2018 shiraz to the blending session, with the final AWIWA wine, Hear me Roar, released for sale on International Women’s Day, March 8th.
In what is believed to be a world first, funds raised from the sale of the wine will assist women to flourish and succeed in their chosen profession in the Australian wine industry, with 100% of profits going towards Scholarships for women undergoing tertiary education, in addition to other activities supporting gender diversity.
Next year is the 125th anniversary of Australian women gaining the right to vote, which was led by South Australia in 1894. It is fitting that the inaugural AWIWA wine project should start there. For the 2019 vintage release, the project moves on to another state with different participants, but the message will remain the same.
Acknowledgments go to the following companies and suppliers, who donated their time, services and products to help bring this to market.
Irvine Wines – irvinewines.com.au
Calabria Family Wines – calabriawines.com.au
Wynns – wynns.com.au
Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards – oliverstaranga.com
Denomination – denomination.com
Prowine – prowine.com.au
Vinpac – vinpac.com.au
Visy – visy.com.au
Multi-Color Australia – mccshowcase.com