Trio of Female Winemakers Offer Insights Into Women in Wine Industry


The wine world is more than just a matter of physical stamina, that's for sure.

This past week, the Wine Industry Advisor interviewed a trio of female wine mavens who pointed out that though men may, in some cases, have an advantage in physical stamina come harvest time, the disparity of wine knowledge and expertise between genders simply does not exist.

Of the six questions asked during the interview, two stood out for the quality of their answers and for the pointed and varied observations of the three respondents: Anna Marie dos Remedios from Idle Hour in California's Carmel Valley, Sabrine Rodems of Santa Lucia Highland's Wrath and Scratch, Olivia Teutschel of Santa Cruz' Bargetto and Nicole Walsh of Santa Cruz' Bonny Doon and Ser.

When asked, “Is there something characteristic about wines made by women,” dos Remedios said she believes female winemakers excel in aromatics.

“I think women winemakers allow wines to ferment and age with less manipulation, resulting in wines of more restraint and more honest aromatics,” she said. “When I say honest, I mean specific to the place and variety, not vanilla or toasty oak, or creamy butter; some of the flavors of manipulation.”

Rodems offered a different point of view.

“I don't think there is one characteristic,” Rodems said. “I just think women are more intuitive when it comes to flavor and texture of wine. We know when we like it and what we like about it.”

For Teutschel, the female touch is a matter of detail.
“I would have to say women winemakers tend to pay extra attention to detail,” she said. “I believe winemaking is all about details.”

A composite of the four responses shows us that wines made by women – according to the women who are making them – have a certain level of restraint, delicateness and aroma we might just be missing out on because of the large percentage of male winemakers in today's wine world.

After the question about wines made by women, the quartet of winemakers were asked to give the name of the female winemaker they most admire.

Each woman named a different person, revealing the depth of complexity of the winemaking world's female contingent – a one-person show it is not.

Rodems said she most admired Lagier-Meredith's Carole Meridith.

“I think Carole is … very no-nonsense … and I am like that too, so she gives me confidence to continue telling it like it is,” she said. “I am very non-marketing.”

Teutschel chose Santa Cruz star Kathryn Kennedy, dos Remedios said Cathy Corison and Walsh chose Burgundy's Lalou Bize-Leroy.

Photo Credit: Bargetto

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