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News posted on Wednesday, 8 March 2017

International Women's Day: Danni leads the way
One of the beneficiaries of Treasury Wine Estates’ focus on diversity in the workplace is its Bilyara winery manager Danni Casey. Across nine years, Casey has worked her way up the packaging line management ladder to her current position as Bilyara winery manager.

Women’s success celebrated
Cullen Wines will host the Margaret River Chamber of Commerce’s International Women’s Day celebration... to share stories of successful women in business and the community. Kalgoorlie-Boulder businesswoman Peggy Strudwick-Brown will be keynote speaker, alongside Cullen Wines managing director Vanya Cullen, real estate agent Rebecca Hannan and Swimming Women owner Charlotte O’Beirne.

Shared meals create a community for women
Fully Booked is built around the idea of connecting women who work in the food and wine industries, which are often physically taxing and exhausting businesses. Hours are long and getting together socially can be difficult, but Fully Booked addresses this by having events with loads of notice featuring a different female chef, producer or winemaker as the focal point of each get together.

Q&A: Virginia Willcock
"I've never wanted to be a great female winemaker, only a great winemaker. Male or female, it's the same world."

Wineglass ceiling
Surely the Australian industry has moved on from the bad old days when female winemakers, vineyard managers and sommeliers were considered a novelty? Well, yes and no. We revisit an article from November 2015, where Max Allen explores the motivation behind the Fabulous Ladies Wine Society and the Australian Women in Wine Awards.

Two more directors for NZWinegrowers
At the recent elections for NZWinegrowers Inc, there was a noticeable lack of female candidates. Consequently, the 10 directors chosen by members were all males. But that gender imbalance has been somewhat countered by the appointment of two more Directors, bringing the board numbers up to 12. The newly appointed directors are Rachel Taulelei and Katherine Jacobs.

New Zealand's 'first lady' of wine
The 'first lady' of New Zealand wine has picked up another prestigious award for her longstanding contribution to the Marlborough wine industry. Hunter's Wines managing director Jane Hunter was presented with the Wine Marlborough Lifetime Achievement Award late in 2016.

Conversation with Napa winemaker Alison Crowe
There is something of an aura of mystery and glamour surrounding wine and winemaking. While there are the collectible bottles that fetch as much as a diamond ring or car, most of the wine produced by hardworking grape growers and winemakers is made to be enjoyed. “People make wine,” stresses Alison Crowe, director of winemaking with Plata Wine Partners.

Linganore welcomes third generation winemaker
Melissa Aellen is only 25, but she’s already a veteran winemaker. Aellen grew up in the Linganore Winecellars family business. The daughter of executive winemaker Anthony Aellen, she has bachelor’s degrees in viticulture and enology, and has worked in seven wineries across the country and in New Zealand, learning the art of winemaking.

South African wines come into their own
Ntsiki Biyela is South Africa's first black woman winemaker. She is a trailblazer for the region with a long list of accolades. Biyela was awarded a winemaking scholarship even though she had never tasted wine. South African Airways, in a new effort to promote new and diverse talent in the wine industry, sponsored her education in viticulture and oenology.

Women in wine
The wine world isn’t generally known for its forthright political views, but all the paradigms are shifting in the new governmental landscape. In response to the pussy-grabber-in-chief and what he represents, Kate Norris, the female half of Division Winemaking Company and the Southeast Wine Collective (SEWC), decided to organize a showcase of women winemakers.

A 17-year winemaking partnership
Sue Hodder and Sarah Pidgeon, winemakers for Wynns Coonawarra Estate, were jointly named the ‘Winemaker of the Year’ at the 2016 Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) Awards for Excellence in November last year. The award recognises the work that the two have done particularly with Cabernet Sauvignon; their contribution to the local community; and to the broader wine community in Australia and internationally.

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