Canowindra wine maker Nadja Wallington has been named among 15 winemakers from across Australia to take part in the Future Leaders 2019 program.
As part of the Future Leaders 2019, Ms Wallington has been recognised as a future major player in the wine industry and will take part in a professional and personal development program, designed to prepare her for the challenges facing the sector.
"It's a great opportunity to become more involved in the industry and hopefully be a bigger contributor," she said.
"My background is wine making so it's not a focus on wine making per se, but more on the direction of the industry, how we can help to bring the industry forward and how we can contribute as individuals to the industry and giving us practical skills to achieve those things."
Ms Wallington will be paired up with a member of the Future Leader alumni for 12 months and will have a number of contact sessions in Sydney, Melbourne and South Australia.
"We're not just going to be coached by leaders of the industry but also exposing us and connecting us with leaders from other industries in which we can draw from their experiences and hopefully adapt to what we need for the Australian wine industry."
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Ms Wallington said she was encouraged to apply for the program by Future Leaders alumni from the region, including Tom Ward, Martin Gransden and Ed Swift.
"There's a lot of support from others the industry to really get more involved in the broader community and through that, try to help our region to create a better foothold in the Australian wine sector," Ms Wallington said.