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Vintage Visionaries: 10 Women Revolutionizing The Wine World

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The wine industry is not only steeped in tradition but also ripe for innovation, and women have been at the forefront of driving positive change and pushing boundaries. On International Women's Day (and every other day) we celebrate women in the wine industry, showcasing not only their leadership but also their pioneering innovations that are reshaping the way we think about wine.

  1. Eileen Crane (USA) - Eileen Crane, CEO, and founding winemaker of Domaine Carneros, has spearheaded innovative sustainability practices in winemaking. Under her leadership, Domaine Carneros became one of the first wineries in California to be certified sustainable, implementing eco-friendly initiatives like water conservation and renewable energy use.

  2. Isabelle Tellier (France) - Isabelle Tellier, managing director of Champagne Piper-Heidsieck, has been instrumental in championing environmentally friendly practices in Champagne production. She has led initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, minimize waste, and promote biodiversity in vineyards, setting a new standard for sustainability in the region.

  3. Laura Catena (Argentina) - Laura Catena, managing director of Bodega Catena Zapata, has been a pioneer in high-altitude viticulture. Recognizing the unique terroir of Argentina's Andean foothills, she has promoted the cultivation of vineyards at extreme elevations, resulting in wines with exceptional depth, complexity, and longevity.

  4. Jancis Robinson (UK) - Jancis Robinson, renowned wine critic, and writer has embraced technology to democratize wine knowledge. Through her website,, she offers an extensive database of tasting notes, articles, and educational resources, making wine information accessible to enthusiasts and professionals worldwide.

  5. Margareth Henríquez (Chile) - Margareth Henríquez, president, and CEO of Krug Champagne has championed innovation in winemaking techniques. Under her leadership, Krug has introduced new blending methods and aging processes to enhance the complexity and expressiveness of its Champagnes, pushing the boundaries of traditional craftsmanship.

  6. Daphne Glorian-Solomon (Spain) - Daphne Glorian-Solomon, founder of Clos Erasmus, has embraced biodynamic farming as a means of enhancing wine quality and sustainability. By harnessing natural cycles and biodiversity in the vineyard, she has created wines that reflect the true essence of the land and showcase the potential of organic viticulture.

  7. Sandra Tavares da Silva (Portugal) - Sandra Tavares da Silva, winemaker, and consultant has been at the forefront of reviving Portugal's indigenous grape varieties. Through her work in the Douro Valley, she has rediscovered and championed old vineyards, preserving biodiversity and enriching the diversity of Portuguese wines.

  8. Sarah Marquis (Australia) - Sarah Marquis, head winemaker of Mollydooker Wines, has revolutionized winemaking techniques to maximize fruit expression and quality. Through innovations like controlled oxygenation and extended maceration, she has pushed the boundaries of traditional winemaking, creating wines with intense flavors and smooth textures.

  9. Elena Walch (Italy) - Elena Walch, renowned winemaker from Italy's Alto Adige region, has embraced modern technology to enhance precision viticulture. By using drones and satellite imagery, she can monitor vineyard health and ripeness levels with unprecedented accuracy, optimizing harvest timing and grape quality.

  10. Kathryn Hall (USA) - Kathryn Hall, proprietor of Hall Wines, has been a pioneer in sustainable vineyard management. Through initiatives like dry farming and cover cropping, she has minimized water usage and soil erosion, promoting biodiversity and long-term vineyard health in California's Napa Valley. 

  11. Sarah Puil (USA) - BONUS!! We would be remiss to not mention BOXT Founder & CEO. Armed with a background in technology and a deep appreciation for fine wine, Puil set out to revolutionize the way wine is crafted, packaged, and enjoyed. Today, she owns and operates the only winery offering environmentally-friendly, refillable containers that not only reduce carbon footprint but also ensure freshness and longevity. With each sip of our award-winning wines, consumers can indulge in guilt-free pleasure, knowing that they are supporting a company that prioritizes sustainability and stewardship of the planet.

Sarah Puil making wine

These visionary women exemplify the spirit of innovation in the wine industry, harnessing tradition and technology to create wines of exceptional quality, sustainability, and character. Their contributions not only enrich the world of wine but also inspire future generations of winemakers to push the boundaries of what is possible. Cheers to these trailblazers and their enduring impact on the art and science of winemaking!



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