International Woman’s Day | The Wine Makers

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8 March 2024, Yallamundi Rooms at the Sydney Opera House

Meet our ensemble of 16 groundbreaking female winemakers, each a masterful creator of exceptional wines. From vine to glass, their dedication and innovation shine through, promising an unforgettable experience of flavour and inspiration.

Join us in raising a toast to their remarkable contributions to the world of wine


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Meet the wine makers

Meredith by Mem

Multiple Regions, NSW

Winemaker: Mem Hemmings

Meredith, a natural wine brand by Mem Hemmings, embraces gentle winemaking practices. Every step, from grape selection to packaging, is carefully considered for minimal impact. Experience wines that taste great without costing the earth.

Bremerton Wines

Langhorne Creek, SA

Winemaker/Owner: Rebecca & Lucy Willson

Established in 1994, Bremerton, led by Rebecca and Lucy Willson, boasts 120 hectares of vineyards. Producing up to 18 wines, they’ve secured a strong position in Langhorne Creek’s competitive market. Awarded James Halliday’s 5-star winery for 17 years.

Sabi Wabi

Hunter Valley, NSW

Winemaker: Peta Kotz

Sabi Wabi draws inspiration from Japanese philosophy, creating honest, small-batch, Lo-Fi wines in Hunter Valley, NSW. Embracing imperfection, their wines reflect a commitment to minimal intervention winemaking.

See Saw

Orange, NSW

Winemaker: Monica Gray

See Saw, from Orange’s cool climate, offers award-winning organic wines. Estate-grown fruit and sustainable practices result in beautifully balanced, handcrafted wines.

Oliver’s Taranga

McLaren Vale, SA

Winemaker: Corrina Wright

With six generations of experience, Oliver’s Taranga in McLaren Vale produces small-batch, handcrafted wines. Each bottle captures the family’s 184-year relationship with the land.

Inkwell Wines

McLaren Vale, SA

Winemaker: Irina Santiago-Brown

Australia’s first Regenerative Organic Certified® vineyard, Inkwell Wines focuses on sustainable practices, producing wines expressing McLaren Vale’s unique character.

Little Frances


 Winemaker: Erin Pooley

Established in 2012, Little Frances, by Erin Pooley, offers a diverse range of high-quality wines from California and Beechworth. The new Eleventh House range adds value-driven options.


Mt Gambier, SA

Winemaker: Bridget Mac

Werkstatt combines traditional and progressive winemaking practices. Bridget Mac’s cool-climate wines, launched in 2022, express a collaborative ethos.

Tillie.J Wines

Yarra Valley, VIC

Winemaker: Natillie Johnston (Tillie J)

Natillie Johnston’s Tillie J Wines, established in the Yarra Valley, crafts wines reflecting the regions where she worked globally. Her aim is to create wines true to their origin.

Yayoi Wines

Geelong, VIC

Winemaker: Steffi Snook

Launched in 2021, Yayoi Wines by Steffi Snook focuses on independent white wines, particularly Chenin Blanc. Steffi’s goal is to bring ‘new life’ to winemaking with expressive and unique

Eck Wines

Heathcote, VIC

Winemaker: Emily Eck

ECK Wines, based in Central Victoria, emphasizes organic Shiraz production. Emily Eck’s Core and Regional Range wines capture history, elegance, and energy.

Moorooduc Estate

Mornington Peninsula, VIC

Winemaker: Kate McIntyre MW

Moorooduc Estate, led by Kate McIntyre MW, reflects a love for creating wines on the Mornington Peninsula.

Quealy Wines

Mornington Peninsula, VIC

Winemaker: Kate Quealy

Quealy Winery, founded by Kathleen and Kevin, showcases single vineyard expressions of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, inspired by Italian winemaking tradition.

Lady Garden Wines

Geelong, VIC

Winemaker: Kelly Pearson

Website: ladygardenwines.com.au

Ladygarden Wines, celebrating women in wine, collaborates with female winemakers to produce expressive wines. Founder Kelly Pearson aims to give back to the wine community through scholarships and support initiatives.


Pipan Steele Wines

Alpine Valleys Victoria

Winemaker: Paula Pipan

At Pipan Steel Vineyard we grow only Nebbiolo. We are obsessed with it.Our aim is to make an Australian wine that truly expresses the complexity, texture and finesse of great Nebbiolo.