2013 South Australian Rural Woman of the Year is winemaker Anna Hooper

From Cape Jaffa Wines in Mt Benson, near Robe

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Cape Jaffa Wines, Robe, Limestone Coast, South Australia

Cape Jaffa Wines, Robe, Limestone Coast, South Australia


Anna Hooper is a pioneering winemaker from Mount Benson who has a vision to see the Australian Wine industry become a world leader in environmental performance. Since 2003 Anna has been developing the first Biodynamic wine range of the Limestone Coast area at Cape Jaffa Wines.

Certified since 2006, this winery has received the South Australian Wine Industry Association Environmental Excellence Award Certificate of Merit and the South Australian Sustainability Award from 2009-2011.

As a pioneer in the industry with a passion for science and the environment, Anna has worked in a wide range of disciplines in a number of different countries, from grape growing and winemaking, to global markets. She has seen first-hand how the market reacts to environment credentials in wine and has specialist skills that can enhance biodynamic and organic management.

Anna has a strong belief in the importance of women in rural business and has taken on positions with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources as a member of the South East National Parks and Wildlife Consultative Committee; has been Treasurer and President of the Mount Benson Vignerons Association; is a representative on the South Australian Wine Industry Association Regional Forum and the Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council, and more recently has become a board member on the South East Natural Resource Management Group.

Anna’s award ambition is to investigate and improve the environmental performance of Australian wine compared with its global competitors. Anna’s project will see her travel to countries which have successfully developed environmental sustainability programs to guide viticultural and winemaking practices, including New Zealand, the United States of America and South Africa.

Anna hopes that the outcomes of this project will serve as a tool to inspire rural women to become more actively engaged in managing the environmental credentials of their businesses, whether it be in wine, on the family farm or in a completely different industry.


  • Limestone Coast (SA)
  • Mount Benson (SA)

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