• The winners of the 2019 Australian Women in Wine Awards (Left to Right): Sarah McDougall, Ulrika Larsson, Christina Pickard, Vanya Cullen, Jane Thomson, John Davis, Angie Bradbury, Imogen Hayes, and Sheridan Alm
    The winners of the 2019 Australian Women in Wine Awards (Left to Right): Sarah McDougall, Ulrika Larsson, Christina Pickard, Vanya Cullen, Jane Thomson, John Davis, Angie Bradbury, Imogen Hayes, and Sheridan Alm
  • Imogen Hayes won marketer of the year at the Australian Women in Wine Awards.
    Imogen Hayes won marketer of the year at the Australian Women in Wine Awards.
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Australia’s largest wine promotion, Aussie Wine Month, was launched in the US by the Australian Women In Wine Awards in Chelsea, New York this week.

The awards acknowledge the work of women in the Australian wine community, and community leaders who champion equality and fairness for all sexes in the workplace.

The winners are:

Winemaker of the Year – sponsored by Tonnellerie Saint Martin

Vanya Cullen, Cullen Wines

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

Inca Lee, Vinehealth Australia

Champion of Diversity & Equality – sponsored by Australian Grape and Wine

John Davis, Pepper Tree Wines

Marketer of the Year – sponsored by denomination

Imogen Hayes, Handpicked Wines

Cellar Door Person of the Year – sponsored by Purple Giraffe

Ulrika Larsson, Clairault Streicker

Viticulturist of the Year – sponsored by Wine Australia

Sheridan Alm, Starrs Reach Vineyard

Owner / Operator of the Year – sponsored by WineWorks Australia

Sarah McDougall, Lake George Winery

Woman of Inspiration Award – sponsored by Irvine Wines

Angie Bradbury, Dig&Fish

Honorary Australian Women in Wine Award USA – co-sponsored by Wine Australia & the Victoria State Government.

Christina Pickard

Wine Australia CEO Andreas Clark said: “Wine Australia is delighted to support the Australian Women in Wine Awards that celebrate the achievements of many talented women from the Australian grape and wine community and it was wonderful to partner with the event in New York.”

The event was attended by nearly 40 Australian female wine producers, and the invitation only guest list also included an additional 100+ trade, media and dignitaries.

The awards – and the Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society – were founded by Jane Thomson in 2015. Thomson is the Jane is also the drinks editor for Taste.com.au magazine and occasionally moonlights as national wine writer for News Corp.

For Thomson, the awards are about supporting and mentoring women, to share experiences, to encourage and inspire and highlight, where we see it, the need for change.

Handpicked Wines’ Global Marketing Manager, Imogen Hayes, won Marketer of the Year. Hayes said: “I’m honoured to be named Marketer of the Year. Handpicked is a non-traditional wine business, and creativity in everything we do is important to us – whether it’s being creative in winemaking, business or marketing.

“It is a truly innovative business that is not afraid to encourage new ideas within a collaborative and supportive team environment. Working with an amazing and hardworking team with leadership from William Dong makes me relish the challenges faced in my role and I love each and every day.”

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