Women have consistently been barred from positions of leadership since the early history of wine. Tenacious women have been leaving their mark on the history of wine since it was first discovered, despite the obstacles that stood in the way of their participation. Even while there has been progress in equity and inclusion, especially during the past century, there is still more work to be done. We may gain insight into current issues and plan a course of action to create a more fair and dynamic world of wine by looking at the nature of systematic exclusion—and the teachings of strong-willed women who excelled despite the barriers.

  • December 16, 1777 - Madame Clicquot date of birth

    Her name is still Veuve Cliquot, the name that graces a well-known winery, yet she is affectionately known as The Widow Cliquot. The first woman to run a champagne house was Barbe-Nicole Clicquot. When

  • June 4, 1811 - Dona Antonia Adelaide Ferreira date of birth

    Ferreira was raised by winemakers and was born into the business. In 1834, she wed a cousin who had lost much of their inherited wealth. He passed away in 1844, making Ferreira, then 33,

  • 13 April 1819 - Louise Pommery birth date

    Even today, Louise Pommery is credited with revolutionizing champagne consumption. Like Madame Clicquot, she was a widow from the 19th century. Pommery is credited with turning champagne into the dry beverage it is today.

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