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Tuesday, 10 October 2023 # 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEDT

Join us for a Q&A session with a panel of leading women in the wine industry – Amy Oliver (Head Sommelier, Pt. Leo Estate), Erena Crowley (Owner, Barwon Heads Cellar), Hilary Fordham (State Manager, Mezzanine Fine Wine), Leanne Altmann (Beverage Director, Trader House) and Sue Hodder (Senior Winemaker, Wynns Coonawarra Estate) – moderated by Sommeliers Australia’s Gill Sykes (Wine House).

Hear from our panel as they discuss the challenges faced in gaining leadership positions, the strategies employed to overcome them, and the benefits and rewards they have reaped in their position along with the unique contribution they offer.

This is a special opportunity to gain insight into the changes these women have seen over the years, and hear opinions about what still needs to change in order to get more women into leadership roles within the wine industry.



Ticket price includes a glass of Limoux and Costieres de Nimes.

Sommeliers Australia Members – $20 + booking fee

  • To access the Members priced ticket, Sommeliers Australia Members login at sommeliers.com.au, click the ‘View Available Coupons’ button on the dashboard for their UNIQUE ACCESS CODE. Then proceed to Humanitix and apply the access code on the ticket page to ‘Access hidden tickets’.

Non-Members – $35 + booking fee


Bookings are essential and will be taken until 4pm, Monday 9 October, unless booked out prior.

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A bit about our panel

Gill Sykes
Wine House Manager (13 years),
WSET Diploma graduate, WSET Educator, French Wine Scholar, Wine Judge at Decanter Wine Awards / IWC London

Amy Oliver
Head Sommelier Pt. Leo Estate (2 years), previously at Cutler & Co. and Rockpool
WSET Level 3

Erena Crowley
Barwon Heads Wine Store, Owner Operator (9 years)
WSET Level 3, French Wine Scholar

Hilary Fordham
Mezzanine Fine Wine, Victorian State Manager/Joval Group (10 years)
WSET Diploma Graduate, WSET Educator

Leanne Altmann
Beverage Director Trader House (6 years)
Advanced Court of Sommeliers (Dux), WSET Diploma Graduate, WSET Educator

Sue Hodder
Wynns Coonawarra Estate Senior Winemaker (30 years)
Wine Judge, Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year (2010)


Tuesday, 10 October 2023
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEDT
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Wine House Tasting Rooms
133 Queensbridge Street
Southbank, Victoria 3006 Australia
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