Have you and / or the business you work for signed onto the new Diversity and Equality in Wine Charter (DEW) yet?

Australian Grape and Wine Inc (Australian Grape & Wine) are urging all individuals and businesses throughout the wine sector to become a signatory to the DEW. And there is no better time to do so than right now, as we lead-up to Australia’s premier grape and wine conference beginning on Monday, 22 July 2019 in Adelaide.

The Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference (AWITC) is presented in association with the Outlook Conference, and this year there is an entire session dedicated to gender equality, recognising that it is an issue of international economic and social importance.

The session, to be held on the first day of the conference, has attracted a line-up of Australian and international speakers to address the issue of gender equality and its challenges from a global perspective. Titled ‘Getting the Foundations Right’, it will be chaired by founder of the Australian Women in Wine Awards and The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society, Jane Thomson.

DEW was developed by Australian Grape & Wine with the assistance of a working group made up of industry leaders, and it provides a clear charter that can be applied to all areas of a wine business to ensure diversity is valued and supported at all levels. Since its launch in November 2018, DEW has been well received by the sector.

“We are delighted with the number of signatories that have come aboard within the first few months of creating and launching DEW,” said Mr. Tony Battaglene, Chief Executive of Australian Grape & Wine. He added, “We hope this session at the conference will bring awareness to behaviors and attitudes, as well as offering potential improvements for businesses of all sizes in the Australian wine sector. Our sector is crying out for cultural change and it is time we stood up”.

Jane Thomson, who is also a member of the DEW Working Group, said; “If you haven’t already signed onto DEW, why not? DEW is more than just a piece of paper. It’s a living action plan, based on world’s best practice that brings real and practical instruction to every business about how to value, promote and nurture diversity. I am proud of what we have achieved with this piece of work and excited by what it means for our industry. I call upon all individuals and businesses across the entire wine sector to become a signatory before the close of AWITC 2019.”


The Diversity and Equality in Wine Charter

We treat everyone with respect; this includes employees, prospective employees, contractors, consultants, suppliers and customers. We treat them fairly and equally regardless of their gender, age, sexuality, culture/ethnicity, language and religious beliefs, and regardless of any disability.

We enable all employees to participate and contribute to their full potential and receive equal pay for equal work.

We maintain a safe work environment free from inappropriate workplace behaviour including discrimination, harassment, bullying and victimisation, and we will take action against any such behaviour.

We promote a culture that values diversity and tolerates differences by developing and offering work arrangements that help to meet the needs of a diverse work force.

We support learning and development strategies and opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and experience of employees to implement this Charter.

To become a signatory to this charter Click Here.

Current List of Signatories to the Diversity and Equality in Wine Charter (DEW):

As at Thursday 18 July 2019

  • Adelaide Hills Wine Region
  • Alister Purbrick (Tahbilk Wines)
  • All Saints Estate
  • Amorim Australasia – Tim Stead
  • Andrew Weeks (Rivawine Collaboration)
  • Angus McPherson (Treasury Wine Estates)
  • Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI)
  • Australian Women in Wine – Jane Thomson
  • Balnaves of Coonawarra – Kirsty Balnaves
  • Barossa Grape & Wine Association
  • Beach Road Wines – Briony Hoare
  • Ben Rose (Performance Viticulture)
  • Bill Moularadellis (Kingston Estate Wines)
  • Calabria Family Wines – Janelle Atkins Campbells Wines
  • Christian Dal Zotto
  • Colin Bell (AHA Viticulture)
  • Coonawarra Vignerons
  • Crittenden Estate – Zoe Crittenden
  • Curly Flat Vineyard
  • Dal Zotto Wines
  • Dig+Fish – Angie Bradbury
  • Ed Swift (Printhie Wines)
  • Four Winds Vineyard – Sarah Collingwood
  • Geographe Wine Industry Association
  • Heather Webster (Independent grower and Chair Wine Grape Council SA)
  • Helen Strachan (Pernod Ricard Winemakers)
  • Hugh Hamilton Wines – Mary Hamilton
  • James March (Healthvale Wines)
  • Jeff McWilliam (McWilliams Family Wines)
  • Lallemand – Jason Amos
  • Leeanne Puglisi-Gangemi (Ballandean Estate)
  • Luke Edwards (Casella Family Brands)
  • Mardi Longbottom (Independent grower, AWRI)
  • Margaret River Wine Association
  • Matt Stanton (Accolade Wines)
  • McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association
  • Michael Dal Zotto
  • Michael Dowling – MW Wines
  • Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association
  • New South Wales Wine Industry Association
  • Oates End – Cath Oates
  • Olivers Taranga Vineyards – Corrina Wright
  • Rathbone Wine Group – Darren Rathbone
  • Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria
  • Sandy Clark (Chair of Australian Grape and Wine)
  • South Australian Wine Industry Association
  • Swan Valley Winemakers Association
  • Turkey Flat Vineyards – Christie Schultz
  • Victoria Angove (Angove Family Wines)
  • Victorian Women in Wine – Sarah Barnbrook
  • Voyager Estate – Chris Furtado
  • Wine Australia
  • Wine Industry Suppliers Association Inc (WISA)
  • Wine Victoria
  • Wines of Rutherglen


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