Women play a major role in the development of the wine industry. Some of the world’s most popular wines and brands have been created or piloted into the public spotlight by women. What’s more, women have been proven time and again to be better tasters than their male counterparts.

International Women’s Day

Whether they are pruning the vines, making the wines, developing marketing strategies, negotiating local and international business accounts, or entertaining visitors, the women of wine play an integral part in how we enjoy one of the world’s greatest beverages.

International Women’s Day

In light of the past, present, and future achievements of women in the wine industry, and International Women’s Day – March 8 – I would like to shine a light on some of those women who hold invaluable roles in making some of the finest wines around the world.

Included in the list below are several significant female figures and women winemakers, and the wine products they work to create. It is worth mentioning that every one of the names and wineries listed below is an A-list contributor to the world of wine.

If you are looking for a way to honor the women in your life (a birthday, anniversary, or holiday) these producers and products will most certainly help you celebrate.

Susana Balbo, Dominio del Plata, Argentina

Vanya Cullen, Cullen Wines, Australia

Louisa Rose, Yalumba, Australia

Virginia Willcock, Vasse Felix, Australia

Heidi Schröck, Austria

Brooke Blair, Jackson Triggs Okanagan Estate, Canada

Sue-Ann Staff, Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery, Canada

Cecilia Torres, Vina Santa Rita, Chile

Bérénice Lurton, Chateau Climens, Bordeaux, France

Pascale Peyronie, Chateau Fonbadet, Bordeaux, France

Anne-Claude Leflaive, Domaine Leflaive, Burgundy, France

Lalou Bize-Leroy, Domaine Leroy, Burgundy, France

Marie-Christine & Marie-Andrée Mugneret, Mugneret-Gibourg, Burgundy, France

Cécile Tremblay, Burgundy, France

Isabelle Baratin-Canet, Chateau Grillet, Rhone Valley, France

Theresa Breuer, Weingut George Breuer, Germany

Anna Martens, Vino di Anna, Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy

Patricia Toth, Planeta, Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy

Mariangela Cambria, Cottanera, Sicily, Italy

Arianna Occhipinti, Vittoria, Sicily, Italy

Nova Cadamatre, Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa Valley, California, United States

Cathy Corison, Corison Winery, Napa Valley, California, United States

Merry Edwards, Russian River Valley, California, United States

Sally Johnson, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Sonoma, California, United States

Julianne Laks, Cakebread Cellars, Napa Valley, California, United States

Tobe Sheldon, Sheldon Wines, Sebastopol, California, United States

Pam Starr, Crocker & Starr, St. Helena, California, United States

Delia Viader, Viader Winery, Napa Valley, California, United States

As always, I look forward to hearing from you about your interactions with these wines, or if you have suggestions for other wineries to “research,” we welcome your comments.

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