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Barossa’s leading women in wine

Barossa’s leading women in wine

Prue Henschke and Rebecca Barr made the region proud last Monday night, both winning awards as part of the Australian Women in Wine Awards.

Prue, viticulturist at Henschke Cellars,  Keyneton took home the award for Viticulturist of the Year. Whereas Rebecca from Fernfield Wines, Eden Valley was awarded Cellar Door Person of the Year.

The winners were announced at the Tanunda Pines Golf Club, as around 50 people excitedly gathered to watch the results via online video.

The two ladies proved that smallish family-owned businesses can prove the best of what the region has to offer, believing they have done their small town proud.

The Australian Women in Wine Awards ran across the whole of Australia, with around 20 finalists across the six categories.

“For two women to win from just Eden Valley and Keyneton is absolutely amazing and so exciting,” laughed Rebecca.

The process for the awards began by being nominated by someone in the community, before the ladies were sent an application form, with questions such as what they do to contribute to their business and the

They both agreed that it was a surprise just to be nominated and not something neither of them expected.

Prue explained that from there, it was absolutely amazing and very exciting to be announced viticulturist of the year.

“Obviously I’m very excited and surprised,” she laughed.

“I thought the other finalists were so much better, with some of them being, as you would say, ‘classy entrants’. So of course I’m thrilled.”

There were several things Prue has wanted to achieve over the years at Henschke Cellars, especially regarding research and development in wine improvement and biodynamic practices. 

Since winning the award, Prue is hoping to promote vineyard diversity even further, and working out more ways to bring new ideas and working to extend the industry.

When asked why it’s so special to win an award aimed at just women, Prue explained that it means that women in the industry are being spoken about.

“I hope this gives the next generation of females in the business the confidence to achieve things,” she said.

“Winning this award will give women a chance to hear our story and the way us, as females, contribute to our businesses.”

Following on from this, Rebecca explained that there is still some sort of gap between males and females in the industry.

 For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.