This Thursday, March 8, is International Women’s Day and to celebrate, Cellarmasters is hosting a Meet the Makers event with a focus on women.
The Women in Wine event is a call to celebrate women who have excelled in an industry that has been traditionally dominated by males.
According to Wine Australia, leadership roles held by women in the industry are estimated at 10 per cent compared to 38 per cent of positions overall.
Despite the disparity this has not stopped the women due to feature at the event.
Included in this group and representing the McLaren Vale is Group Winemaker at Penny’s Hill, Alexia Roberts.
“I think it’s a fantastic opportunity to go along with other female winemakers and celebrate our contribution to the wine industry an also acknowledge the achievements of what we’re contributing to the industry,” Alexia said.
Before she achieved the success she has today, Alexia grew up with a love of science and the outdoors, Alexia found her passion for wine at just 16 year’s old.
“A family friend suggested I look into wine making, I went and did some work experience at Penfolds in the Barossa and was lucky enough to tag along with the wine makers for a whole week.
“It was fantastic, it was a life changing experience and from then on I decided I wanted to pursue a career in wine making.
“After high school I enrolled in a bachelor of Oenology at the University of Adelaide, that was a four year degree, I graduated in 2004 and began my wine making journey in McLaren Vale thereafter,” she said.
For Alexia, getting to where she is today has been a matter of knowing her goals, striving to make sure she achieves them and always doing the best possible job.
“Since starting at Penny’s Hill, we’ve won some big international trophies, three in total. I think those three trophies for me have been a great opportunity to express my wine making talent,” she said.
“I’m incredibly proud of those trophies and I think they’re a great example of the region, being McLaren Vale, it’s quality for wine growing and wine making behind it as well.”
The trophies include Concours International Des Cabernets ‘Worlds Best Cabernet’ for the 2014 Penny’s Hill Edwards Road Cabernet Sauvignon and then the Mundus Vini ‘Best Australian Red’ in both 2016 and 2017, first for their 2014 Penny’s Hill Footprint Shiraz 2015 Penny’s Hill Malpas Road.
The Cellarmasters Meet the Makers, Women in Wine event held in Sydney will give people the opportunity to learn, taste and experience what wine in Australia is all about.
For tickets and more information, head to cellarmasters.com.au