These are the 2020 Award Categories

There are seven award categories in 2020! (Yes, we know it’s a little less than last year. Due to the difficulties of the year so far we’ve sadly had to drop a couple of categories, but we hope this is only temporary and they’ll be restored in the future.)

The awards open on Tuesday 4th August and close on Tuesday 29th September. The awards application process is fully online and you can start and stop, save and review your entry right up until closing date.

The impact of drought, fires, floods and a global pandemic mean that, in 2020, stories of ‘success’ may not necessarily mean what they have in the past. Staying in business, creatively retaining staff, pivoting to find new markets, navigating times of uncertainty, utilising leadership skills, breaking new ground and holding your space. These are the achievements we want to uncover in AWIWA 2020. Choose an award category below and enter now to share your story.

Thank you to the incredible brands and businesses who have sponsored each award category. We couldn’t do it without them!

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Cellar Door Person of
the Year

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This award recognises excellence in providing service, knowledge and hospitality at the front line – the cellar door! This year, that can include engaging with your customers beyond real life visitation.

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Owner / Operator of the Year

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This award recognises a wine business owner or operator who has made an outstanding contribution to the Australian wine industry.

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Champion of Diversity & Equality

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This award, open to both businesses and individuals (male and female), recognises those who have provided outstanding support and advocacy for women in the Australian wine industry.

Winemaker of the Year

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This award recognises an outstanding winemaker who is a leader in the profession, with a particular focus on the previous calendar year’s achievements.


Viticulturist of the Year

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This award recognises that great wine starts in the vineyard! In particular it looks at the consistent performance of the viticulturist over the last few seasons, and their use of innovation and/or best practice methods to achieve results.

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Marketer of the Year

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This award recognises an outstanding wine marketing professional, whose marketing success is based on the application of professional marketing principles to generate real measurable success in the market place.

Woman of Inspiration

This award recognises a woman whose contribution and achievement has had a significant impact on the Australian wine community. There is no entry required as the award recipient will be decided by the AWIWA advisory board.

A Judges Choice Award

While there is no entry required, we do value receiving your nominations for whom should be considered! Please nominate now.

Nominate someone else for an award

Sometimes those who are the most deserving need a gentle tap on the shoulder. Do you know someone who should enter one or more of these awards? Nominate them now!

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