Australian wine retailer Cellarmasters and liquor retailer BWS are bringing together Australia and New Zealand’s top female brewers, winemakers and distillers for a drinks festival in Sydney.
“We want to shine a well-deserved spotlight on women in winemaking, distilling and brewing, which are traditionally male dominated industries. But thanks to these trailblazing women, this is now changing,” said Christine Ricketts, cellar director at Cellarmasters.
The women working in wine making is estimated to be 38 per cent. Female representation in leadership and senior roles has been estimated at 10 percent or less. According to Australian Distillers Association, women make up approximately 15 per cent of distillers in the industry, there are no official statistics on the number of female brewers in Australia.
“Although the industry is changing, there’s still a long way to go. This event is all about celebrating women in beer, wine and spirits and giving customers an opportunity to meet these incredible women and try their products,” said Vanessa Rowed, BWS head of Marketing.
Meet the Makers: Women in Beer, Wine & Spirits kicks off on International Women’s Day, March 8 at Australian Technology Park, Sydney, with two more sessions on March 9.
Winemakers taking part include Gwyn Olsen from Briar Ridge and Pepper Tree Wines, Sarah Pidgeon from Wynns Coonawarra and Elena Brooks from Dandelion. Brewers and distillers include Jayne Lewis and Danielle Allen from Two Birds Brewing, Laura Carter from Applewood Distillery and Jaz Wearin from Modus Operandi.
The event includes complimentary tastings from all producers, a branded glass, a booklet and entertainment. Masterclasses are also available at an additional cost.