Women in Wine Awards

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Therese Col­man

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.

Pic­ture: Therese Col­man

A mo­ment of cel­e­bra­tion at the live stream­ing of the awards as Vir­ginia Will­cock was named wine­maker of the year on Tues­day night.

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