Kate Goodman of Goodman Wines and Penley Estate was today named Winemaker of the Year at the 2018 Australian Women in Wine Awards in Sydney.
The awards ceremony took place as part of the first ever Australian Women in Wine Symposium and Awards Day, held on Sydney Harbour at Quay with more than 100 attendees. It was the largest ever gathering of Australian women in wine.
The morning session comprised of guest speakers and networking opportunities, followed by a 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 and 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 wine figures including Jancis Robinson and Joe Fattorini sent video messages of greeting and support.
In partnership with Wine Australia, the 2019 Awards will be held in New York on Tuesday 17 September as part of Aussie Wine Month, which is set to be the largest Australian wine promotion ever held in the USA.
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
WBM – Australia’s Wine Business Magazine is a Gold Partner of the awards along with Pernod-Ricard Winemakers, Vintrace and Cru.
The Australian Women in Wine Awards – 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.
Set up in 2015, they 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).