Women and Wine

cheersIt’s National Women’s History Month! And today is actually the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day! What better way to celebrate than by sharing some fun facts and stories on women in the wine industry. Women do make up over 50% of the country’s wine drinkers and purchasers, after all, and more and more are finding a place in what used to be a male-dominated industry. Stay tuned to our blog this month where we’ll be featuring some fantastic women in wine throughout the years.

To get you started, here are some notable women and their accomplishments in the wine world

Madame Clicquot is credited with, among other things, inventing the riddling rack and process that is crucial to the Champagne making process.

– Josephine Marlin Tychson became the first woman in to build & operate a winery in Napa by building what is now Freemark Abbey.

– Dr. Ann Noble, researcher and professor at UC Davis, created the world-recognized UC Davis Wine Aroma Wheel.

– Mary Ewing-Mulligan was the first American woman to gain the prestigious Master of  Wine credential and is the North American president of The Institute of the Masters of Wine. She also co-authored the ever popular “Wine for Dummies.”

– Dianne Nury became the first woman chairman of Wine Institute in 1998.

Wine writers like Karen McNeil, Andrea Immer-Robinson, Leslie Sbrocco and Natalie McLean have also transformed the industry with their innovative writing and winning personalities! We celebrate our women in wine this month – which women in wine have inspired you?