Inside the 2019 Visionary Women Dinner hosted by Vogue Australia and Penfolds
Image credits: Meaghan Coles
On Tuesday May 28, Australia had the pleasure of uniting with Australian wine producer Penfolds to present the Visionary Women Dinner, celebrating not only the launch of the Penfolds Tribute range and its 175th anniversary, and the beginning of Codes 2019, but also the achievements of local female entrepreneurs and South Australian women in STEM. In a beautiful coincidence, this year also happens to mark Australia’s 60th anniversary.
The event was held at the magnificent Penfolds Magill Estate Cellar Door in the heart of the Barossa Valley, and was attended by a selection of some of Australia’s most brilliant minds. The night began with a welcome from Edwina McCann (above), the editor-in-chief of Australia, who spoke both of the long history of Penfolds and the admirable women who tell their story at Codes every single year.
The initiative of Codes itself began from a desire to create a platform for female business leaders, and to help destigmatise the presence of women in technology. In her opening speech, McCann paid homage to the ground-breaking ideas that Codes has inspired, and continues to spread. “Progress is being made,” she stated, “but we still have a long road ahead of us.”
It was certainly a night to be remembered as guests and speakers alike were treated to a fabulous four-course dinner. CEO of BankSA Nick Reade, Penfolds senior winemaker Stephanie Dutton and Penfolds ambassador Zoe Warrington, each gave addresses about Penfolds and its 175 year anniversary. Guests then tuned into an on-stage Q&A panel moderated by McCann, which discussed the innovative ecosystems in Adelaide, and the future of winemaking. Scroll through the photos below to find out more about the evening.