Women in Wine

An initiative to promote and facilitate the participation and success of women in our industry.

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A key driver for establishing this group was the lack of women putting their names forward for the 2016 Board elections. It wasn’t expected given the large number of capable, commercially astute women involved in wine businesses who would add value to the industry as directors of our national association.

New Zealand Winegrowers is keen to support women in the industry and encourage more to take up roles of leadership and governance, so when the idea of forming Women in Wine NZ was suggested last year, it was approved and supported by the Board and launched with an official event in August 2017.  

Women in Wine is the start of something very exciting which could in time become huge.  It will perhaps challenge the industry to think about how businesses are run and that maybe through increased diversity, the industry can become even stronger.

Connect – Inform - Change

Following feedback from surveys and meetings with members of the New Zealand wine industry the following objectives were established.

  1. Make Connections: Providing opportunities for women in the New Zealand wine industry to create valuable networks, share successes and ideas.
  2. Provide Information: Providing valuable information and resources to support and advance the careers of women in the wine industry.
  3. Driving Change: Encouraging wine industry commitment to the support and advancement of women’s careers.

To facilitate this, a national committee has been formed.  It includes a representative from each region, so ideas and challenges can be shared from around the country, as well as working together to develop the Women in Wine programme.   Regional committees are also forming and starting to organise events and activities within their regions. 

As the initiative evolves it will include educational workshops, a mentoring programme as well as networking opportunities.

The wine industry thrives on everyone working together.

Women in Wine NZ is therefore very much inclusive and both men and women are invited to events and to participate in celebrating and promoting diversity within the workforce.

 Follow Women in Wine NZ on Facebook to stay up to date with what’s happening around the country.  Or contact Women in Wine National Co-Ordinator Nicky Grandorge for more information or to be added to the WiW database for updates and newsletters.

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