March is Women’s History month and it’s a great excuse to share the love for our woman-made wine selection. Though only 10% of all US wineries have a female vintner, most studies find that the wine made by these vintners tend to be more highly acclaimed and awarded. Here’s to breaking through the grape ceiling one bottle at a time.
Dos Minas Malbec ($15)
“Mina” is old school Argentine slang for “girl” and this dark, mysterious bottle is made by two of them.
I Versi Bianco IGT Fondo Antico ($15)
Winner of the “Best Enologist of 2014” award in the wine guide, Giornale di Sicilia, Lorenza Scianna farms her estate using the techniques of her ancestors.
Roc des Anges Effet Papillon Blanc ($15) and Roc des Anges Effet Papillon Rouge ($15)
Winemaker Marjorie Gallet found old vineyards by her home when she was 23 and borrowed money to buy them and turn them into her winery.
Handley Gewurtztraminer ($16)
Winemaker Milla Handley runs her organic winery on 75% solar power.
Isabel de France Cotes du Rhone ($17)
Vintner Isabel Ferrando includes the stems as well as the grapes during the fermentation process because she believes it adds freshness to the wine.
Mas Sorrer Montsant ($17)
The duo behind this wine is a husband and wife team who make all their wines organically.
Chateau St. Jean de la Gineste Corbieres Vieilles Vignes ($18)
Winemaker Marie-Helene Bacave’s family has owned her wine estate since the 19th century.
Monte Dall’Ora Valpolicella Classico ($20)
Wife and husband team, Alessandra and Carlo Venturini, plant rosemary and lavender in their vineyards to help attract bees.
Tour du Bon Bandol “Rêvolution” ($27)
Agnés Henry was one of the original natural winemakers; she uses indigenous yeasts and doesn’t filter her wine.
Josetta Saffirio Barolo ($52)
Vinter Sara Saffirio is the 4th generation to run the family’s wine production.