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Women play a significant role in South Australian agribusiness – including the wine industry. However, there is enormous potential for the sector and our state’s regions to benefit even more from female participation and leadership in the sector.

To acknowledge this, the Women Influencing Agribusiness and Regions strategy has been developed through a partnership between women in industry, community and Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA).

In Rioja, winemaking, management, sales and marketing have been until recently almost exclusively a man’s world.  However, women in Rioja have broken through the glass ceiling in a big way and currently make several of Rioja’s most iconic brands as well as manage some of the most prestigious estates.  

Here are just a few of the outstanding women in the world of Rioja wine.   

 

Our 4-day Basque Country Essentials tour lingers in Laguardia, with a tasting at a family-run winery and a traditional Rioja wine country lunch. You’ll start in Bilbao for a chance to visit the Guggenheim museum. And after your Rioja sojourn, continue to a true gem of a seaside city, San Sebastian.

We’ve created a 3-day tour that explores the evolution of the world’s true Port, starting in the steep hillside vineyards of the Douro. On these historic quinta estates, harvests become complex fortified wines, brought down the river to age in the elegant lodges of Gaia. They’re especially magnificent enjoyed from here, overlooking the picturesque tile roofs of Porto.

The Del Dotto Family own three unique wineries in the Napa Valley, where guests can focus on cave aging and it impact on the flavors and textures of wines. Let Beau Wine Tours organize a custom tour that features barrel tastings at one or all three of these impressive properties.

At the historic Bodega Baquero in Maipú, the founders’ granddaughters are finding new uses for the harvest of both grapes and olives. They’ve created a line of beauty products available in their 1886 cellar. And a one-day wine and perfume workshop that gets to the essence of discerning and describing all the rich aromas of wines.

A visit to Seppeltsfield’s beautiful Centennial Cellar in the Barrossa is a once in a lifetime experience that features barrel-tastings of their super-premium fortified wines as well as their legendary 100-year-old Tawny. It is one of Diverse Travel’s most extraordinary food and wine experiences—with visits planned upon request.

It is in the Wine Cellar at The Yeatman, with 1,300 bottles of wine bearing witness, that we are welcomed by Beatriz Machado and the smile on her face. She tells us that when she was invited to join the Yeatman team, the CEO asked her if she knew all the Portuguese wines. She did not allow herself to become unnerved by the question, and promptly answered: “to know them all, I shall have to try them all”. And so she did. She tried them all and not only did she become the Yeatman’s Wine Director, as she also became the “Ambassador of Portuguese wines”.

Rheinhessen wine is known for its quality, and the region’s vintners for progress and innovation. Many of the region’s vintners within the vicinity of the wine capital of Mainz are female: these successful vintners have developed convincing ways to produce wine. Rhine Hessian wine is known for its quality, and the region’s vintners for progress and innovation. Many of the region’s vintners within the vicinity of the wine capital of Mainz are female: these successful vintners have developed convincing ways to produce wine.

As winemaker at Peju Napa Valley in Rutherford, Sara Fowler works at ground zero in both culture and terroir of the wine country. In 2007, she led the winery’s efforts to achieve organic certification in the Rutherford Vineyard and she’s currently overseeing sustainable farming in its Persephone and Wappo Vineyards, with the ultimate goal of going organic there. Learn more about her and her favorite tasting experiences in the Napa Valley.

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