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People's Choice Awards recognises women-driven wines

Published:  03 May, 2019

A wine competition judged by consumers has added a new category to highlight the contributions of female winemakers.

As of next year, The People’s Choice Wine Awards (PCWA) will include a Women Who Make Wine category, with the aim of highlighting great female winemaking talent around the world.

The competition will also include new categories for vegan wine, mindful drinking (low/no), organic/biodynamic and producers seeking UK representation.

“I run many consumer wine tasting events and the new categories represent what people are always asking me about,” states Janet Harrison, founder of the PCWA. “It also seems a great time to be championing female winemaking talent who are generally under-represented in the industry.”

The Manchester-based awards were created in 2017 to reflect the change in profile of the average wine drinker in the UK and provide feedback to suppliers and producers on what consumers really think of their wines.

Wines are assessed in round one by wine consumers, before being judged by professionals.

Round two’s judging panel for 2020 include the Three Drinkers’ Helena Nicklin, Red Squirrel Wines’ Nik Darlington, and Mancunian master sommelier George Bergier.

They join the current list of wine influencers including The Wine Show's Amelia Singer, and Kate Goodman, Reserve Wines and BBC Food and Drink presenter.

The submission deadline for wines is 30 September 2019.