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We get asked a lot about where our wine names come from… so here is the first in a series on our lovely ladies of the HJE range.

“Inara” is an ancient middle eastern name meaning “joyful, youthful, luminous”
We loved this representation for our everyday and every occasion deliciousness.

The Inara range offers wines that shine in their youth, are versatile, refreshing, and approachable. They epitomise the casual character of Australian culture and and convivial life.

2015 was the inaugural year of the Australian Women in Wine Awards.  On Friday 16 November 2018, the fourth Australian Women in Wine Awards symposium and award day  will be held in Sydney at Quay restaurant.  This is event is organised by the Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society and celebrates women working in the wine industry.

As a founding member of the Yarra Valley Women of Wine, I have spent many hours with my colleagues discussing gender-specific events. It is quite shocking to note that 50% of graduates in winemaking and viticulture are women but we only make up 10% of working winemakers and viticulturists.  How does that happen?  For me the key factor about women focussed events is about retention – trying to retain the talent that starts in the wine industry but then disappears.  We need to show young women that a long career in the wine industry is possible and this can only be done by showing our faces and putting our hands up to say we are here.

Helen and Joey Estate is, I suspect, one of the few wine businesses with a 50:50 male to female split in our staff.  We have amazing wine chicks working for us on our marketing & communications, logistics, financials, winemaking and our CEO and owner, Helen, is our leading force.  In 2018 we will be attending the Australian Women in Wine Awards and the daughters of winearchy public tasting the following day.   We will be there this year to join in the symposium and networking and, of course, the amazing lunch.  The Yarra Valley Women of Wine have offered a selection of our Yarra Valley Chardonnays for the lunch.

Experience that encompasses wine-making techniques from some of the world’s top wineries and spans more than twenty years and three continents is something few wineries as young as Helen and Joey Estate can boast. And there’s a good reason for that; they don’t all have Meg Brodtmann.

H&J Estate is proud to introduce you to our Senior Winemaker: Meg Brodtmann MW.

Meg began her winemaking career in Australia before making a name for herself across Europe and South America as winemaking consultant for Cellarworld International in the UK. Her knowledge of wine saw Meg not only define wine styles for the burgeoning UK market but also be a wine judge with the International Wine Challenge (UK) and various wine magazines (Decanter, La Cav and Wine State).

In 2001 Meg moved to Chile where she spent the next 7 years working as a senior winemaker, broker and consultant which included two years working at Viña Morandé in the Cachapoal Valley: an 11 million litre capacity winery. Meg also established her own winemaking and wine education company – Southern Cross Wines – where she developed and delivered programmes across Latin America including Chile and Brazil on behalf of the Wine School and created the first approved programmes for The Wine and Spirit Education Trust.

Meg has won the Deinhard Award for Best Dissertation from the Institute of Masters of Wine and her years of hard work and talent culminated in Meg becoming Australia’s first female Master of Wine.

Upon her return to Australia in 2008 as a renowned and respected member of the Australian and international wine industry, Meg re-established Southern Cross Wines (Australia). Since then she has worked with Cellarmaster Wines as their Victorian Brand Champion and teaches WSET Levels 2 to 4 (Diploma) in Melbourne. Meg also has the distinction of being involved in training potential WSET Educators and is actively involved in the Master of Wine educational programme as the Chief Examiner for Paper 2 of the Masters of Wine examination.

Thoroughly distinguished throughout her career, Meg is currently the Chair of the International Cool Climate Wine Show and judges at various regional and international wine shows. Meg is involved with the Master of Wine Australasian Events Committee and the annual Education Residential Seminar.

And as if her impressive array of skills, experience and knowledge of wine wasn’t enough to be getting on with Meg is also an absolute delight to be around. Her passion for wine is infectious and greatly benefits her as a brand ambassador for Helen and Joey – of course her flair also brings that extra touch of exquisiteness to our wines

We believe our wines tell a story and whether it is through her rich experience in wine-making or natural ability we can’t think of a better storyteller than Meg.