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Have you signed the new Diversity & Equality in Wine Charter?

Have you signed the new Diversity & Equality in Wine Charter?

Australian Grape & Wine has urged businesses and individuals in the wine sector to become signatories to the new Diversity and Equality in Wine Charter (DEW).

"We want to see all Australian companies becoming signatories, and there is no better time than before Australia’s premier grape and wine conference beginning Monday, 22 July 2019," the organisation noted. 

The Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference is presented in association with the Outlook Conference, and has dedicated an entire session to the theme of 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 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 Tony Battaglene, Chief Executive of Australian Grape & Wine.

He added: "We hope this session 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, added: “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."

Current signatories to the Diversity and Equality in Wine Charter (DEW)

Adelaide Hills Wine Region

Alister Purbrick (Tahbilk Wines)

All Saints Estate

Amorim Australasia - Tim Stead

Andrew Weeks (Rivawine Collaboration)

Angie Bradbury

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

Corrina Wright

Crittenden Estate - Zoe Crittenden

Curly Flat Vineyard

Dal Zotto Wines


Ed Swift (Printhie Wines)

Eliza Brown

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

Rathbone Wine Group - Darren Rathbone

Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria

Sandy Clark (Chair)

Simone Tierney

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

Wines of the King Valley

Wines of Western Australia

Wirra Wirra Vineyards - Andrew Kay

Yabby Lake International Pty Ltd

Zilzie Wines - Andrew Forbes & Simone Tierney

Click here to become a signatory to the Diversity and Equality in Wine (DEW) Charter