From the legendary Diana Seysses, nee Snowden. Not only does she make world-class wines on either side of the globe (Triennes, Dujac, Snowden,) she commits to ambassadorial work for climate change and is a mentor for emerging female winemakers. An absolute icon.
“The 2018 Merlot Lost Vineyard is deep, rich and flavorful, with super-expressive savory, earthy, cedary notes from the 5% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. The 2018 is wonderfully deep and resonant, yet very much in the Snowden style. This is a very nice wine.”
90-92 Antonio Galloni, Vinous
We could not discuss women in wine without mentioning Amelie Berthaut, the superstar that has put Fixin firmly back in the spotlight. In 2013, whilst in her mid-twenties, she inherited the estate from her father. In 2019, she gave birth to her first born whilst expanding the domaine, to new heights. Her Cote de Nuits Villages was a lockdown favourite of Diana Seysses.
Two sisters, Adele and Elsa, have been running this estate since 2016 after taking over from their father, Thierry. They have learnt from their father and added their own imprint, finetuning his practices to endow the wines with greater vitality, terroir and complexity. In the words of Neal Martin, “great wines are being made at this address.” The sky is the limit for Adele and Elsa.
Domaine François Chidaine
Alice Chidaine is the third generation to be working at the estate and worked with Dagueneau, Clos Rougeard and Chris Alheit, before joining her father at the family domaine. The Chidaines have been pioneers of biodynamic viticulture and focus on single vineyard wines. Yields are ultra-low and they have many old vines and vinification in the cellar is very traditional, we have absolutely fallen head over heels for these wines.
Tricia Horgan co-founded Leeuwin estate with her husband, Denis. Today, Simone Furlong is joint CEO and undoubtedly a leading woman in the Australian wine industry. The Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay is an icon and the most collected, coveted, white wine of Australia.
Anne and Antoine Malassagne are the fourth generation at the helm of this champagne house. Anne has been admirably vocal on the difficulties she faced as a woman – “people kept saying, you’re a woman. You’re young. You don’t know anything. You don’t belong here.” Since, she has co-founded a group, “La Transmission,” which unites women from all different areas of Champagne. Too long, women have been at the helm of champagne houses due to being widowed, she feels the need to demystify that there are not just widows in Champagne, but modern women who work there out of choice and are taking champagne to new heights.