Jane Mitchell from Mitchell Wines in the Clare Valley has been honoured as a Life Member of the Australian Wine Industry.

Jane’s outstanding achievements and efforts over many years in the winery, boardrooms and in her community have played a key role in creating a vibrant modern industry.

After more than 43 vintages and working in all facets of winemaking at Mitchell Wines, Jane is recognised for her commitment to the wine industry. Jane was one of the first appointees of the South Australian Tourism Commission. For 12 years Jane was on the Australian Regional Winemakers’ Forum, Winemakers’ Federation of Australia Council and served a six-year term with the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Board.

“This Award recognises outstanding leadership and contribution to the nation’s wine industry over and above an individual’s career achievements,” said outgoing Australian Grape & Wine Chairman, Sandy Clark.

“Jane is an exceptionally worthy recipient and takes her place amongst other greats including Wolf Blass, d’Arry Osborn, Philip Laffer, Terry Lee and the late Brother John May and Peter Wall. Australian Grape & Wine is proud to administer this award,” he said.

The Mitchell family said on Facebook: “An early pioneer, Jane was one of the first female graduates from Roseworthy in 1978 and an instigator in the formation of Clare Valley Winemakers Inc in 1976, to which she has been an active member since. Moreover, she was the founder of the Clare Gourmet Weekend concept in 1985, creating a blueprint for the wine industry throughout Australia; it’s now in its 33rd year and recognised as a ground-breaking promotional strategy.

“As the first female recipient of this award, we hope her success inspires and gives rise to other women in the wine community.

“Congratulations mum, we are so proud of you.”

The Shout Team

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