Women in Wine Awards
Margaret River winemaker Virginia Willcock was awarded the winemaker of the year award at the 2017 Australian Women in Wine Awards on Tuesday night.
Ms Willcock, the chief winemaker at Vasse Felix, was one of three finalists in her category.
The awards were held at Australia House in London and livestreamed to an excited audience at the Margaret River Wine Association. “This is a pretty amazing award, albeit a minority of Australian winemakers,” Ms Willcock said in her acceptance speech.
“We are a small group of female winemakers, but this is an important award because there’s a group of incredible marketing women behind this event.
“I do believe it doesn’t matter what sort of minority you are, it’s what you do that truly matters.
“It’s philosophy, passion and working bloody hard, because making good wine is not that easy.
“I am supported by an incredible team of men and women, incredible viticulturists, but this is a beautiful time in our wine-making lives at Vasse Felix and I would like to dedicate this minority award to Margaret River, which is only 4 per cent of Australia’s wine production.
“But again, it’s not how much you make, it’s how you do it.”
The awards ceremony was supported by Wine Australia and included categories such as winemaker of the year, viticulturist of the year, cellar door person of the year and judges’ choice award for women of inspiration.
Margaret River’s Janine Carter from Voyager Estate was a finalist in the cellar door person of the year category.
A moment of celebration at the live streaming of the awards as Virginia Willcock was named winemaker of the year on Tuesday night.