THE Australian Women In Wine Awards returns this year to reward the good work of women throughout the Australian wine industry, and champion equality and fairness for all sexes in the workplace. Categories for entrants have been increased, offering acknowledgement for women in the largely unsung areas of cellar door management and research together with winemaker of the year, viticulturist of the year, owner/operator of the year and champion of change. Awards chair Jane Thomson says she was blown away by the enthusiasm from both men and women for the awards last year. “The support received for the inaugural Australian Women In Wine Awards last year was overwhelming,” she says. “These awards are a long time coming and we’re thrilled that the industry has got right behind them.” Conducted under the auspices of The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society, entry to the awards open July 30 with finalists announced October 19 before the winner announcements on November 15. For more information contact womeninwineawards.com.au.