A Festival Celebrating Female Winemakers and Brewers is Coming to Sydney

Drink, Sydney / 5 March 2019

Meet The Makers: clink glasses with Australia’s top females in beer, wine and spirits.

International Women’s Day is just around the corner on 8th March 2019, and so what better way to celebrate than with a beverage (or two) made by some of our homegrown fearless females?

Cellarmasters and BWS have joined forces to create Australia’s first drinks festival dedicated to female powerhouses in beer, wine and spirit industries. Hosted at the Australian Technology Park over two days on 8th and 9th March, the Meet The Makers gives drinks lovers the chance to 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 wine making is estimated to be 38 percent. However, when it comes to leadership and senior roles, female representation has been estimated at 10 percent 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.

The event gives drinks fanatics the chance to sample products from up to 30 winemakers, distillers and brewers.

Winemakers include the likes of Gwyn Olsen from Briar Ridge and Pepper Tree Wines, Sarah Pidgeon from Wynns Coonawarra and Elena Brooks from Dandelion. Brewers and distillers include Jayne Lewis and Danielle Allen from Two Birds Brewing, Laura Carter from Applewood Distillery and 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.

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Meet the Makers: Women in Beer, Wine and Spirits 
When: 8th March (5pm-9pm) and 9th March (11am-3pm or 5pm-9pm)
Where: Australia Technology Park, 2 Central Avenue Eveleigh
Cost: Tickets range from $50-$60 per session, and includes unlimited tastings, tasting glass and booklet.