All the winners of the 2018 Australian Women in Wine Awards

The winners of the 2018 Australian Women in Wine Awards were announced on Friday 16 November 2018 – at the largest ever gathering of Australian women in wine in Sydney. 


Winemaker of the Year – sponsored by Tonnellerie Saint Martin

Kate Goodman, Goodman Wines / Penley Estate


Viticulturist of the Year – sponsored by Wine Australia

Nicole Pitman, Kingston Estate


Owner / Operator of the Year – sponsored by WineWorks Australia

Sarah Marquis, Mollydooker Wines


Workplace Champion of Change – sponsored by Winemakers’ Federation of Australia

Lara Simic, Winestate Publishing


Cellar Door Person of the Year – sponsored by Platinum Bags

Janine Carter, Voyager Estate


Researcher / Innovator of the Year – sponsored by Angove Family Winemakers

Dr. Jacqui McRae, Australian Wine Research Institute


Marketer of the Year – sponsored by denomination

Lynda Schenk – Purple Giraffe


Woman of Inspiration – sponsored by Irvine Wines

Tamara Grischy, Langtons


The awards ceremony this year took place as part of the first ever Australian Women in Wine Symposium and Awards Day, which was held on Sydney Harbour at Quay with over 100 attendees. The morning session preceding the awards, comprised of guest speakers and networking opportunities, followed by a convivial three course lunch with wines supplied by Henschke, Bremerton, Calabria Family Wines, Soumah and the Yarra Valley Wine Women (made up of Goodman Wines, Sutherland Estate, Helen & Joey, Yarra Yering, TarraWarra, Bird on a Wire, Yerinberg & Wantirna Estate) and Champagne from Ayala. 

The awards ceremony was streamed live via the Australian Women in Wine Facebook page to viewers across Australia and around the world. Key figures from the wine industry, including Jancis Robinson and Joe Fattorini, even participated in the day from abroad by sending in video messages of greeting and support.

From Sydney… to NEW YORK!

The AWIWA also announced that, in partnership with Wine Australia, the 2019 Awards will be held in New York on Tuesday 17th September as part of Aussie Wine Month, which is set to be the largest Australian wine promotion ever held in the USA. Further information about this will follow in coming weeks.


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: Pernod-Ricard Winemakers, Vintrace, Cru and Wine Business Magazine.


Photo: Winners of the 2018 Australian Women in Wine Awards (from left to right): Nicole Pitman, Kate Goodman, Tamara Grischy, Lara Simic, Lynda Schenk, Dr Jacqui McRae, Sarah Marquis (Absent: Janine Carter) 

About the Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA)

The Australian Women in Wine Awards – which are owned and operated by The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society – work to celebrate and reward the work of women in the Australian wine community, and community leaders who champion equality and fairness for all sexes in the workplace. The AWIWA, set up in 2015, are the world’s only awards program for women in wine. Previous winners include Prue Henschke (Viticulturist of the Year, 2016), Virginia Willcock, Vasse Felix (Winemaker of the Year, 2017) and Iain Riggs, Brokenwood (Workplace Champion of Change, 2016).