‘Lazy­bones’ to toast women

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Entertainment - Chloe Fraser

Dormilona Wines’ Josephine Perry is pre­par­ing for a night away from “sticky grapes” af­ter be­ing cho­sen to show­case her wine at an In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day func­tion in Syd­ney next month.

The Cowaramup-based wine­maker will join 12 lead­ing fe­male wine­mak­ers in pour­ing 40 award-win­ning wines from across Aus­tralia at the Cel­lar­mas­ters Meet the Mak­ers: Women in Wine event on Thurs­day, March 8.

Dormilona, which means “lazy­bones” in Span­ish, be­gan as a prod­uct from Perry’s bou­tique con­tract win­ery and wine con­sult­ing ser­vices, Per­ryscope.

Spend­ing her younger years work­ing at winer­ies in France, the US, New Zealand and Spain, Perry also com­pleted her de­gree in wine science.

Now she puts her time into her one-woman op­er­a­tion, tak­ing on the chal­lenges of har­vest to cre­ate qual­ity wine from nat­u­rally farmed fruit.

“I don’t hire any­one, I like do­ing har­vest my­self,” she said. “It’s phys­i­cally ex­haust­ing and I think that’s prob­a­bly why the in­dus­try is so male dom­i­nated.”

The mother of two said while women of­ten took a step back from the in­dus­try af­ter hav­ing chil­dren, she was tak­ing a dif­fer­ent ap­proach by di­rect­ing her en­ergy into nat­u­ral and raw wine­mak­ing.

Mrs Perry said the Meet the Mak­ers: Women in Wine event next month was im­por­tant in get­ting young wine­mak­ers to­gether.

Pic­ture: Therese Col­man

Dormilona Wines’ Josephine Perry.

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