Women in Wine Virginia Wilcock
We're celebrating International Women's Day with prominent winemaker Virginia Wilcock. We chat to her about crafting wine for Margaret River's founding wine estate, Vasse Felix and her career journey.
What inspired you to become a winemaker?
“As a young person I saw how my parents and their friends gathered and enjoyed wines. I loved the idea of growing fruit, and then turning it into something that could be more beautiful and would make people happy.”
Do you have any role models or mentors who have been an important part of your career journey?
“James Healy at Dog Point Winery. He taught me about wild ferment when I was working at Cloudy Bay. I’d also say the young natural winemakers of present that are pushing the boundaries. They’ve pushed the market to be freer, which has opened amazing opportunities for me as a winemaker at Vasse Felix, to be continually evolving our wines.”
What qualities do you think it takes to succeed in a traditionally male-dominated industry?
“Work hard and be passionate about what you do.”
What is your favourite wine to make, and your go-to drop?
“Chardonnay, with its unique and incredible characteristics coming from so many different sites, would be my all-rounder to make and drink. It is mind-blowing and perfect to drink in any season.”