Yalumba Winemaker Natalie Cleghorn (pictured above) has been announced as one of three finalists for Winemaker of the Year in the Australian Women in Wine Awards. Vanya Cullen from Cullen Wine and Jo Marsh from Billy Button Wines are the other nominees.
Natalie is in good company, being announced alongside Yalumba’s Barossa Vineyard Manager/Viticulturist Brooke Howell, who is nominated for the Australian Women In Wine Awards Viticulturist of the Year.
The Australian Women In Wine Awards acknowledge and reward the work of women in the Australian wine community, and community leaders who champion equality and fairness for all sexes in the workplace. Now in its 5th year, AWIWA is the world’s first and only awards platform for women in wine.
Both Natalie and Brooke are thrilled to be finalists in the 2019 Awards.
“I have to admit I am lost for words to be a finalist for Winemaker of the Year,” said Natalie.
“I am in awe of the calibre of female winemakers in Australia and to be recognised amongst those women who have not only inspired me, but mentored and supported me through every step in my own winemaking journey is truly humbling.”
Nat has been working with Yalumba’s Coonawarra Menzies Vineyard since 2011, and in 2017 was appointed as Yalumba’s first female Menzies Estate Vineyard Winemaker.
In July 2019 Brooke was promoted to Barossa Vineyard Manager, the first female appointment in this role at Yalumba.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to be recognised as a leader in my field as part of these awards alongside a high calibre of finalists,” said Brooke.
“I’m thankful to my peers, male and female, who have supported me to get to where I am today.”
The winners of each award category will be announced at the 2019 AWIWA ceremony in New York on the evening of 17th September in partnership with Wine Australia.