Women have been making steady but slow progress in the male-dominated wine trade and now make up about 10% of the field. Which is interesting considering that 57% of wine purchases made in the U.S. are made by women, according to the Wine Institute.
Condé Nast Traveler explained that Lynne Levin, who has owned and operated Levin Wines in France’s Loire Valley for more than 30 years, makes robust vintages from the Gamay grape. “People are looking now for subtler wines.” “In France, the wine scene is still dominated by men, but the female vintner tapestry is getting richer, with more women taking risks.”
To showcase the amazing amount of female talent out there, we’ve put together a list of some of the most well-known women winemakers. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite female winemakers from a number of trusted resources, including Condé Nast Traveler, Martha Stewart magazine and Glamour.
Look out for these bottles the next time you head out to your wine shop. For if a wine is an extension of its maker, perhaps you’ll noticed a touch more finesse, elegance, subtlety, or grace in these female made bottles compared to their male-crafted counterparts.
Melissa Burr of Stoller Family Estate – Oregon
Check out her Pinot Noir or Chardonnay
Alie Shaper of As If Wines – New York
Check out her Rosé
Kathleen Inman of Inman Family Wines
Check out her Pinot Noir
Sally Johnson of Pride Mountain Vineyards
Check out her Cabernet Franc
Kathryn Hall of Hall Wines
Check out her Cabernet Sauvignon
Pauline Lhote of Domaine Chandon
Check out her Sparkling Reds
Lynne Levin of Levin Wines – France
Check out her Sauvignon Blanc
Dominga Cotarella of Falseco – Italy
Check out her Merlot
Cristina Ziliani of Guido Berlucchi Wines – Italy
Check out her Berlucchi ‘61 Nature