Four Winds Vineyard business manager Sarah Collingwood is one of four finalists in the Australian Women in Wine Awards, announced today.
Sarah has managed Four Winds Vineyard for the last six years and has overseen the expansion of the business. Aside from the cellar door, vineyard and winery, Sarah has worked with the community on the recent 4 Tonne Project, which raised over $46,000 for refugees and asylum seekers in Canberra, among other projects. She is also the treasurer for the Canberra District Wine Industry Association.
“It’s a real honour to be recognised. We are a passionate family vineyard, but it is something special to be acknowledged as a finalist in these awards,” she said.
The Australian Women in Wine Awards acknowledges and rewards the work of women in the Australian wine community, recognising business acumen as well as contribution to the wine industry.
Over the last 24 months Sarah has been instrumental in expanding the winery using a crowd-funding campaign, re-designing the packaging and branding for the business, securing a new distributor, overseeing the continued financial growth of the vineyard, employing more staff members and improving guests’ experience at the cellar door, resulting in three consecutive visitor experience awards from 2013-2015.
AWIWA Advisory Board member, wine writer, and long-time advocate for women in wine Jeni Port, said she found it heartening to see such an outstanding response from across Australia in this, the second year, of the awards.
“The number of entrants has increased considerably from last year. We have had entries from those working in big wine companies and small, in isolated regions and wine areas that roll a little easier off the tongue, then there have been those contributing to truly world-class research and science that places Australia at the forefront of international wine knowledge and, importantly those women — and men – actively striving for gender equality and fairness in the workplace,” said Ms. Port.
“Our finalists announced today represent the cream of what is truly a magnificent bunch of Australians in wine.”
The winners will be announced via a live stream broadcast on Tuesday 15 November at 7:30pm.
Details at http://womeninwineawards.com.au/2016-australian-women-in-wine-awards-finalists-announced/