There are Eight Award Categories in 2019

Plus, a special Honorary Award too!

The 2019 awards open on Thursday 6th June and close on Thursday 1st August. The awards application process is fully online and you can start and stop, save and review your entry right up until closing date! So what are you waiting for? You don’t have to wait until you ‘feel’ like the perfect candidate – because who ever gets there?!?! You just have to throw your hat in the ring, believe in yourself and see what happens.

You may even end up as a winner – in NEW YORK!

Thank you to the incredible brands and businesses who have sponsored each award category. We couldn’t do it without them!


Researcher / Innovator of the Year

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The Researcher / Innovator of the Year is open to an individual OR a team who have demonstrated excellence in the field of grape and/or wine research or innovation.

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Cellar Door Person of
the Year

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This award recognises excellence in providing service, knowledge and hospitality at the front line – the cellar door! The cellar door you work at must be open for visitation without appointment.

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Champion of Diversity & Equality

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This award, open to both businesses and individuals (male and female), recognises those who have provided outstanding support and advocacy for women in the Australian wine industry.

UK Honarary Woman in Wine

Owner / Operator of the Year

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This award recognises a wine business owner or operator who has made an outstanding contribution to the Australian wine industry.


Woman of Inspiration

This award recognises a woman whose contribution and achievement has had a significant impact on the Australian wine community. There is no entry required as the award recipient will be decided by the AWIWA advisory board.

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Viticulturist of the Year

This award recognises that great wine starts in the vineyard! In particular it looks at the consistent performance of the viticulturist over the last few seasons, and their use of innovation and/or best practice methods to achieve results.

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Marketer of the Year

This award recognises excellence in implementing an initiative, campaign or strategy.

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Winemaker of the Year

This award recognises an outstanding winemaker who is a leader in the profession, with a particular focus on the previous calendar year’s achievements.

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Honorary Australian Woman in Wine – USA

This is a special award in celebration of the 2019 AWIWA ceremony being held in New York this year.
In addition to this year’s eight award categories, Wine Australia will be sponsoring the Honorary Australian Woman in Wine Award – USA. This new award for 2019 will be supported by a generous bursary prize to explore Victorian wine regions donated by the Victorian Government, and will recognise a woman who lives and works in the USA and has made a positive impact in the US wine industry promoting Australian Wine.
For more information on this special award, including the selection criteria, please click here. If you would like to inform Wine Australia of a businesswoman in the United States whom you believe may qualify for consideration, please complete this form before 12 August 2019.

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Nominate someone else for an award

Sometimes those who are the most deserving need a gentle tap on the shoulder. Do you know someone who should enter one or more of these awards? Nominate them now!

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