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In a festival this International Women's Day 2019

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Want to celebrate International Women’s Day with a bevvy (or two) made by fearless females?

Wine retailer Cellarmasters and liquor retailer BWS have joined forces to create Australia’s first drinks festival with an all-female lineup. The inaugural Meet the Makers: Women in Beer, Wine & Spirits is taking place in Sydney on International Women's Day, Friday 8 March where you'll meet some of Australia’s and New Zealand’s finest female brewers, winemakers and distillers.

“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 number of women employed in winemaking is estimated to be 38%. However, when it comes to leadership and senior roles, female representation has been estimated at 10% or less.

According to Australian Distillers Association, women make up approximately 15% of distillers in the industry. There are no official stats 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 is taking place at Australian Technology Park in Sydney, and kicks off with a session on Friday 8 March, International Women’s Day, and two more sessions take place on Saturday 9 March.

Up to 30 winemakers, distillers and brewers will be serving samples during the festival.

Winemakers include:

  • Gwyn Olsen from Briar Ridge and Pepper Tree Wines
  • Sarah Pidgeon from Wynns Coonawarra
  • Elena Brooks from Dandelion.

Brewers and distillers include:

  • Jayne Lewis and Danielle Allen from Two Birds Brewing
  • Laura Carter from Applewood Distillery
  • Jaz Wearin from Modus Operandi.

Tickets range from $50 to $60 per session, and include complimentary tastings from all producers, a branded glass to keep, a booklet and entertainment. Masterclasses are also available at an additional cost. Tickets available here »

Read more about the women brewers, winemakers and distillers on the links below.

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