"Satisfying your thirst for knowledge and continuously evolving is the key to success and the foundation to motivation"
Anja Lewis is a wine enthusiast who was introduced in to the world of wine and champagne in the Caribbean while working on private yachts. Upon her return to Perth in 2014, Anja decided to enter the wine industry expanding her wine knowledge, while working for wineries in the Swan Valley and travelling Australia’s wine regions. She currently holds the advanced certificate with the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and is planning to pursue the WSET Diploma, the foundation to her 10 year goal of becoming a Master of Wine. In 2016 Anja entered the biannual Vin de Champagne Awards, one of Australia’s most coveted wine accolades, held on behalf of the Comité de Champagne, becoming one of six finalists in the professional category. This incredible experience reignited her passion for champagne. Anja also holds a university degree in Mechanical Engineering with a major in Production Technologies.
"Follow your passion and believe in yourself"
Anja started her own business Canny Grapes, seizing the opportunity to follow her passion and the quest to learn everything about wine. She travels on a regular basis to wine regions around the world and within Australia, meeting winemakers, viticulturists, wine families as well as other wine enthusiasts and professionals of the industry. Anja works as an independent wine and restaurant consultant applying a holistic approach based on her extensive experience within the hospitality industry and from her corporate background. Starting her fun & educational wine tasting classes in 2017, Canny Grapes offers currently up to four wine classes a month exploring the world of wine as well as corporate events and private functions.
In February 2019 Anja Lewis presented Gourmet Traveller Wine’s annual ‘Leading Ladies in Wine’ Dinner celebrated some of Australia’s top Women in Wine. She is also a contributor to Australia’s only champagne magazine Vine & Bubble.