2019 Tasmanian AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award State Winner, Dr Anh Nguyen has been busy making new batches of wine while bunkered down in Tasmania during COVID-19. Unable to travel overseas due to the global restrictions, hasn’t stopped her from launching a new wine product in Vietnam and building an automatic frost control system, which is driven by artificial intelligence.
In September 2019, Anh Nguyen attended the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Awards Gala Dinner in Canberra representing Tasmania. Two weeks after, Anh set sail for Vietnam, launching her new wine product in opposite ends of the country, from Hanoi in northern Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City in the south.
Until COVID-19 struck, Anh was travelling and doing a lot of business development in Asia.
“I was travelling back and forth to Asia and everything was going well, then the pandemic hit and everything changed,” said the global wine entrepreneur.
“It’s been a challenging and unexpected time but all you can do is move on and focus on what you can do.”
Anh’s focus moved to experimental wine making in addition to her existing wine products at her own vineyard in Tasmania, Torch Bearer Wines.
“One of the great things this year has given me is more time and I’ve been able to take full advantage of this,” said Anh.
“I did some new batches using slow cold ferment of Sauvignon Blanc in wood barrels which has been ageing in old French oak barrels. This is very complex and exciting wine and there will be a limited release in November this year,” said Anh.
She’s also created a 100% natural field blend to make a rosé, with a floral complex which will also only be available in Australia.
“It’s been difficult for the wine industry because consumers are definitely more careful about their spending habits and this has had a domino effect on restaurants and tourism more broadly,” said Anh.