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Women play a significant role in South Australian agribusiness – including the wine industry. However, there is enormous potential for the sector and our state’s regions to benefit even more from female participation and leadership in the sector.
To acknowledge this, the Women Influencing Agribusiness and Regions strategy has been developed through a partnership between women in industry, community and Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA).
The strategy raises industry, government and community awareness of the important role women play in agribusiness and regions, especially in leadership roles. It aims to inspire the success of women, promote clear career pathways, develop skills and engage with potential female leaders of the future.
Women Influencing Agribusiness and Regions looks to break down the barriers that currently hinder women in agribusiness and address current gender imbalances - particularly in leadership roles - and bring the skills and perspectives that women possess, to boards, businesses, projects and programs across the state.
South Australia’s agriculture, food, wine and forestry industries are a vital part of the state’s economy, our largest export sector and a major employer. In 2014–15, they generated about $21 billion in revenue and accounted for 52% of the state’s merchandise exports.
With women occupying an increasing number of diverse roles in this industry, the value of these sectors can only grow.
Corrina Wright, Winemaker and Director, Oliver’s Taranga
Described by WBM Magazine as a “legend in the making” and by James Halliday as being part of a “remarkable dynasty”, Corrina is the Director and Winemaker of her family’s label, Oliver’s Taranga. She graduated from the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial in 2005, and continues to judge at numerous wine shows around Australia. Passionate about her home, her vocation and local community she has served on the Boards of the McLaren Vale Grape, Wine & Tourism Association and the Australian Society of Viticulture & Oenology. She is a current board member for the Winemakers Federation of Australia representing small winemakers, a member of the Australian Women in Wine Awards advisory committee, and is a member of McLaren Vale’s inaugural Ambassador program.
Delegates attending the Great Wine Capitals AGM program will get to meet Corrina at our South Australian Women in Wine lunch on Sunday 4 November.
A series of 20 profiles of women currently in the industry show the strength, diversity and talent that already exists in the state.