The Australian Women in Wine National Symposium 2024 is coming to Hobart

Friday 22nd November 2024. Registrations open 25th June.

Australian Women in Wine (AWIW) is delighted to announce that the Australian Women in Wine 2024 National Symposium will take place on Friday 22nd November at The Franklin Wharf in Hobart. The one-day symposium will bring together women from across the wine industry for a day of learning, connection and empowerment.

Building on the success of the inaugural 2023 event, the theme of the day is “Investing in Women for the betterment of Australian wine.”. This was inspired by the International Women’s Day 2024 theme of “Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress”. Notable experts from both within and outside of the industry will take the stage to share their insights and experiences about what investing in women really means and what it looks like on a practical level for the Australian wine industry. There will also be valuable knowledge shared to equip attendees to navigate their career in wine and improve their businesses.

The recent 2024 statistics[1] released by Wine Australia showed that nationally 16.7 per cent of women are employed in a winemaking role and 21.5 per cent of Australia’s viticulturalists are women. Both figures have virtually doubled since the same research was carried out a decade ago, however these numbers also indicate there is still considerable work to do as an industry to achieve gender parity.

“Australian Women in Wine has been a strong voice pushing for action on gender equality for almost a decade now, so seeing an improvement in the numbers is definitely encouraging,” said AWIW Founder and Chair, Jane Thomson OAM. “However, the dial is moving far too slowly. And unless we see a deliberate investment in women at all levels, they are going to keep abandoning this industry right at the very time we need the best talent to help us meet the unparalleled challenges we’re currently facing.”

The Australian Women in Wine 2024 National Symposium invites women at all stages of their careers, from business owners, growers and winemakers to sales and marketing professionals and cellar door staff. It is a unique opportunity to connect and expand professional networks across the regions and gain valuable insights to propel personal and industry growth.

Registrations will open on Tuesday 25th June via the website:  This was a sold-out event in 2023, so to avoid disappointment early registration is highly recommended.

In addition to the symposium on 22nd November, this year there will also be an optional Welcome Dinner for all delegates the evening before on Thursday 21st November.


AWIW also thanks the amazing sponsors who have already come on-board to support this day, particularly our Presenting Partner, Plumm Wine Glasses.

Session Sponsors are:

  • Australian Wine Research Institute
  • Stanton & Stanton
  • Wine Australia
  • Australian Grape and Wine

About Australian Women in Wine

Australian Women in Wine (AWIW), established in 2015, is run by The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society and overseen by an Advisory Board of industry luminaries. AWIW exists to champion the work of women in the Australian wine community and to advocate for gender equality across the sector. The National Symposium is the latest initiative of AWIW and will bring together women from all sectors of the wine industry to foster collaboration and empowerment.

Current AWIW board members include Shirley Fraser, Dr. Catherine Kidman, Jeni Port, Rebekah Richardson, Alexia Roberts, Rachel Triggs, Corrina Wright and Jane Thomson OAM (Chair).

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