Women of the Vines

Since today is International Women’s Day, I looked back to recall how many remarkable women winegrowers I have met and written about. I have never gone out looking for “women winegrowers”. I simply looked for the best among artisan winegrowers making terroir wine naturally, and an unusually large percentage are women.

Historically, grape growing and wine making have been predominantly male occupations, but these women are evidence of how that is changing particularly among artisans, who make wine with natural methods. One male producer said to me recently: “Making this kind of wine is feminine. It requires intuition.” I would add that it requires feminine qualities of courage, patience and the ability to create trusting relationships with the land, the plants, the grapes that arrive in the cellar and all the people, who help in the process….not to mention a good sense of humor and a lot of flexibility and resilience.

I raise my glass high to them for their pioneering work as outstanding artisan winegrowers and as women…and there are many more that I will be writing about. Cheers…Cin-Cin!

Elena Pantaleoni of La Stoppa in Emilia Romagna
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Elisabetta Foradori of Foradori in Trentino-Alto Adige
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Arianna Occhipinti of Occhipinti in Sicilia
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Erika Ochsenreiter of Haderburg in Trentino-Alto Adige
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Charlotte Horton of Castello Potentino in Toscana
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Marinella Camerani of Corte Sant’Alda in Veneto
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Elisabetta Fagiuoli of Montenidoli in Toscana
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Isabella Pelizzati of Ar.Pe.Pe. in Lombardia
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Giovanna Tiezzi of Pacina in Toscana
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Serena Palazzolo of Ronco Del Gnemiz in Friuli Venezia Giulia
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Silvana and Cora Forti of Le Due Terre in Friuli Venezia Giulia
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Maria Grazia Parilla of Tenuta Del Conte in Calabria
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Daniela De Gruttola of Cantina Giardino in Campania
Antonio e Daniela
Paola Conciliis of De Conciliis in Campania
Paola, GIov + me

March 8, 2016

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