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Its six months since we launched Wine Spirit Women in March so we thought it was time for a roundup of the last six months and share plans for the next six.

Wine Spirit Women Launch Event March 2019

Launch Event

Our launch event in March at The Merrion Hotel saw 85 industry ladies come together to sign up for annual membership and take part in our first seminar.

Our first speaker, Marie Byrne owner of Chinnery Gin, took us through her career, launching a gin brand and spoke about her passion for developing distilling and brewing skills in Ireland through the UCD course.

Our second speaker Nora Sperling owner and CEO of Delheim Winery in South Africa was unfortunately taken into hospital just before the seminar but, spoke to us from her hospital bed on Skype. Nora shared with us her challenges as CEO of her family business and her businesses social and environmental obligations. Nora is back in South Africa, recovering well from major surgery.

Student Membership launched

WSW was delighted to launch 13 free student memberships. It is one of the core goals of the organisation to develop, educate, and support industry students and newcomers.

Website Launch

Thank you to Elizabeth Foley, who helped us design and launch our website and WSW logo. As a result of helping set up the WSW website, Elizabeth was inspired and motivated to start her own business; Elizabeth Foley Design.

Summer Panel Discussion & Networking Event

The next event was our July garden party panel discussion. This took place at the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland and was attended by members, new members, and non- members.

Corinna Hardgrave, Irish Independent, moderated the panel.

Sommelier Niesa Doddy, Shelbourne Hotel, shared her approach to mentoring and coaching.

Emma Kiely, Irish Powerlifting International, talked about a winning mindset.

Jules Mahon, shared her views as an entrepreneur and businesswomen.

Afterward, we enjoyed a networking opportunity in the garden with a glass of Ayala Champagne.

Champagne Ayala & WSW Education Bursary Launch

Champagne Ayala through WSW member Michelle O’Sullivan of Findlater pledged a €1,500.00 scholarship for trade product education such as sommelier or WSET courses. As a result of this pledge we were delighted to be able to announce the launch of the WSW Education Bursary. Our plan is that this bursary will be launched in early 2020 and will allow people in the industry to apply for funding to help them with their product education course costs.

Ayala Champagne

Owned by Champagne Bollinger, the Ayala house style and overall quality is the responsibility of 44 year-old Cellar Master Caroline Latrive.

“Education forms an integral part of our wine industry. We are delighted to invest in the future education of our inspiring young people. Partnering with Wine Spirit Women is a fundamental move towards encouraging growth and learning within the industry.”

Caroline Latrive, Champagne Ayala.

Education Bursary Committee

As a result of the set up of the education bursary, we will need an Education Bursary Committee. The task of this committee will be to launch the bursary application process after Christmas, review applications from members who apply for training funds from the bursary and allocate the bursary funds. If you are interested to sit on this committee please contact Justine or Lynne at

WSW social media contract €500 Oct-Dec

We need help! We have a consultancy for about two hours each week for someone who has plenty of experience with Facebook, Instagram & Twitter who would like to help develop our followers and content calendar. Please email us telling us about yourself to

Run Your Own WSW Event

We would love to get some other events off the ground, if you would like to run a Wine Spirit Women event in your area, please let us know at

Save The Date

One of our key roles going forward will be to continue to raise funds for the Education Bursary so that we can offer financial support for industry product training to as many people as possible in 2020. There will be a Bursary Fund Raiser Lunch on 21st January 2020 please save this date and in the meantime we would welcome further offers of help and support for the education agenda.


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