The winners of the 2017 Australian Women in Wine Awards are…

We do spend a lot of time sipping wine fabulously, but you know what we’re REALLY proud of? We also founded and run the Australian Women in Wine Awards! To celebrate and champion our epic Australian #winechicks.

The winners of the 2017 Australian Women in Wine Awards were announced on Tuesday 26 September, at a ceremony at Australia House in London. London! Yes, it’s all thanks to a partnership with Wine Australia to show the world just how fabulous our Aussie women in wine really are.

And here are this year’s winners:

Winemaker of the Year – sponsored by WineArk

Virginia Willcock, Vasse Felix

Viticulturist of the Year – sponsored by Wine Australia

Jennifer Doyle, Jansz 

Owner / Operator of the Year – sponsored by

Sarah Collingwood, Four Winds Vineyard 

Workplace Champion of Change – sponsored by Winemakers Federation of Australia

Professor Eileen Scott, Adelaide University

Cellar Door Person of the Year – sponsored by Platinum Bags

Jasmine Morgan, Caudo Vineyards 

Researcher of the Year – sponsored by Inkwell Wines

Christine Böttcher, CSIRO – Agriculture & Food

Marketer of the Year – sponsored by Brown Brothers   

Ebony Tinkler, Usher Tinkler Wines 

Woman of Inspiration – sponsored by Irvine Wines

Sue Hodder, Wynns

Honorary Australian Woman in Wine – sponsored by Wine Australia UK

Sarah Ahmed, The Wine Detective


“This is a pivotal day in Australia’s proud wine history,” said AWIWA founder Jane Thomson, who hosted the ceremony. “Today we not only recognised the depth and breadth of female talent in our own wine community, we did so on a global stage and showed the world that Australia values and champions the many and varied roles of women in wine.”

AWIWA Board member and wine marketer Toni Carlino, who was also at the ceremony, said that today’s winners represent “the tip of the iceberg”.

“The winners announced today are just the tip of the iceberg of what our country has to offer the world of wine. It was a humbling experience to stand here in London amongst women who often have had to fight hard to be where they are today. I take my hat off to them and congratulate each and every one,” said Ms. Carlino.

Over 60 Australian female winemakers and producers flew to London to attend the event

Six of the nine award winners were present to accept their award in person with more than 60 Australian women in wine in attendance, along with invited key media and other special guests. Winners Jasmine Morgan, Eileen Scott and Christine Böttcher were unable to be in London, but each provided a pre-recorded video acceptance speech.

The awards were held in London as part of a partnership with Wine Australia, and opened a day of Women in Wine trade and consumer tasting events.Chair of Wine Australia, Brian Walsh said he hoped the awards provide inspiration to other women considering a career in wine.

“Wine Australia is proud and excited to be co-hosting the 2017 Australian Women in Wine Awards. We hope that the recognition of the stellar contributions of women in the research, growing, making, marketing and selling of Australian fine wine will provide an inspiration for women anywhere in the world to seek a long-term career in the sector.”

“Men have an even bigger role to play to ensure we provide an environment and workplace culture that nourishes and harnesses these obvious talents – creating a better and fairer global wine community,” continued Mr. Walsh.

The awards ceremony was streamed live to everyone back in Australia and around the world. More than a dozen official viewing events were registered in wine regions and cities across Australia, from Margaret River to Melbourne.

The ceremony is available for viewing here.


The Australian Women in Wine Awards would not be possible without the support of our individual award sponsors (as above) and partners – especially our Gold Partners: Wine Business Magazine, Pernod-Ricard Winemakers, Saint Martin & Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch.