Your chance to meet women winemakers, distillers and brewers in March

A crop of talented winemakers, who work hard to promote the Barossa, head to Sydney in March for a first-ever female festival to highlight winemakers, brewers and distillers.

Barossa winemakers – Julie Montgomery,  Avon Brae/Dorrien, Janelle Zerk, Z Wine and Natasha Mooney, La Bise Wines will feature in the lineup under the ‘Meet the Makers Women in Beer, Wine and Spirits’ gathering.

More than 30 makers will be hosted by wine retailer Cellarmasters with liquor retailer BWS.

According to organisers, it will be a perfect opportunity for women to hear first hand from the Australia and New Zealand based makers.

“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,” Cellarmasters director Christine Ricketts.

Ms Ricketts explained that the number of women employed in wine making is estimated to be 38 per cent.

However, when it comes to leadership and senior roles, female representation has been estimated at about 10 per cent or less.

Australian Distillers Association reveal women make up about 15 per cent of distillers in the industry. Yet 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,” BWS head of marketing Vanessa Rowed shared. 

“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.”

Meet the Makers: Women in Beer, Wine and Spirits takes place at Australian Technology Park in Sydney, and kicks off with a session on Friday, March 8, International Women’s Day, with two more sessions held on Saturday, March 9.

Tickets include complimentary tastings from all producers, a branded glass to keep, a booklet and entertainment. Masterclasses are also available at an additional cost.

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