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Happy International Women’s Day & Women’s History Month! Let’s celebrate it by supporting talented female winemakers & women in wine

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Various industries have always been heavily male dominated and that’s no exception in the world of wine. History tells us that wine has been a common thread among cultures, nations and religions. However, since Roman, Greek and Egyptian times, wine was traditionally a privilege for men to be involved with while women were not as included. Slowly times have changed but the gap between both sexes still exists today. That is why in 2022 IWD, we remember some of the inspiring women who made a difference and paved a way for future generations to be inspired by.

Let’s continue celebrating Women’s History Month with a glass or two of wine and remember that behind every great wine there might be a great woman!

A brief history of Women in Wine across the centuries:

18th Century

  • BARBE-NICOLE CLICQUOT

Barbe-Nicole became known as the “Grande Dame of Champagne” and was a French Champagne producer in the 18th & 19th centuries. She took on her husband’s wine business when she became widowed at 27. Under her ownership, and her skill with wine, the company developed early champagne using a novel technique. The brand and company of Veuve Clicquot still bears her name today.

19th Century

  • ANTÒNIA ADELAIDE FERREIRA 

Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, often referred to in Portugal as “Ferreirinha”, was a Portuguese businesswoman in the 19th century. She is known for leadership in the cultivation of the famous fortified wine we know as Port as well as for the winemaking innovations she introduced to Portugal.

20th Century

  • SARAH MORPHEW STEPHEN 

Sarah was born in the 1930s then went on to studying oenology at Bordeaux University. She moved to England to work and became the world’s first female Master of Wine in the 1970s. Following this glass-ceiling-shattering achievement she moved to Scotland, and opened Glasgow’s first wine warehouse.  Sarah retired in the 1990s and today, one third of the world’s MWs are female (151).

  • JANCIS ROBINSON 

Jancis Mary Robinson OBE, ComMA, MW was born in the 1950s and is a British wine critic, journalist as well as wine writer. She currently writes a weekly column for the Financial Times, in addition to writing for her eponymous website. She has also been known to provide advice for the wine cellar of Queen Elizabeth II.

21st Century

This year’s IWD 2022 campaign theme is #BreakTheBias

So we want to shine a light on some of our talented female winemakers and women in wine across the industry:

  • VÉRONIQUE GÜNTHER-CHÉREAU at Château de La Gravelle in Muscadet, France
  • GÉRALDINE LOCHET at Maison Géraldine Louise in Cote Chalonnaise, France
  • PHILIPPA FOURBET at Domaine Rewa in Central Otago, New Zealand
  • Also due to arrive very soon are our new wines from CHLOI CHATZIVARITI at Domaine Chatzivariti in Goumenissa, Greece

So imagine a gender equal world.

A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.

A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

A world where difference is valued and celebrated.

Together we can forge women’s equality.

Collectively we can all Break The Bias!

Are you in? Will you actively call out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping each time you see it?

So let’s raise our glasses to women in wine everywhere; may we meet them, may we be them, may we empower them. Cheers!

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