Women In Wine Fridays: Le Donne Del Vino 26 Years Of Success – Part 2

This is the second part of that very long blog post from 2014. 29 years and going strong.


Donne del Vino Seminar

This is the second part of my post on the Le Donne del Vino seminar held by Civilta del Bere last year at Vinitaly. My post was getting so long yesterday that I feared no one would read it on the web and each one of these women deserves to be recognized and written about together with their wonderful wine from 1988.

The fifth winery that was presented was Castello di Querceto. The winery is located some seven kilometers from Greve in Chianti, in the heart of Chianti Classico. They have 60 hectares that are planted with vines in a property that is 190 hectares. The property is owned by the Francois family and the castle was renovated in the 16th century from previously existing medieval ruins. The winery has been operating for 115 years. They are lucky enough to have library wines starting from the year 1904. In…

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Women In Wine Fridays: Le Donne Del Vino 26 Years Of Success – Part 1

On International Women’s day I thought I would republish these two posts I wrote about the Italian organization le Donne del Vino. It will be their 29th year this year. I think it’s a good time to celebrate them.


Le Donne del Vino - Vinitaly

It is hard to believe it has been a whole year since the last Vinitaly but life seems to have a way of speeding up as you get (a little bit) older, as some of you may have noticed. In any event, this post is about the 25th anniversary of the organization Le Donne del Vino, even if this is their 26th year. The organization which began in 1988 started as the brainchild of Elisabetta Tognana and today has 650 members.

I first heard about the organization when I began seriously studying Italian wine in Milan in 1997. I did my first women in wine interviews in 2005 when Pia Donata Berlucchi was the President of the group. Thanks to this long standing interest in the group, I was invited by Alessandro Torcoli of Civilta del Bere to one of his seminars at Vinitaly last year dedicated to the…

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La Festa delle Donne – International Women’s Day March 8

Tomorrow is a celebration of women. Many will be staying out of work to protest what is going on in our politics however most women can’t take the day off from their jobs and certainly from their children and family responsibilities. I think women should be celebrated everyday for all the paid and unpaid work we do. While we are certainly farther along than in the past, we are not yet at a place of true equality – not by a long shot and that’s why it is still important to discuss where we stand today.


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I have always had an aversion to this day because I think women should be celebrated everyday but I know there is a larger meaning to it and that it commemorates a specific event and that women all over the world suffer great injustices and a lack of civil rights, in the most basic rights. I read a horrible story yesterday about a woman in India who was burned alive by her family because she left her husband and married someone else. Horrific things happen to women all over the world everyday, just because they are women. I’m happy to live in a country where I do have rights and I can exercise them. Today I want to mention a dear
friend Kristen Engvig  who started a whole movement about women and what they bring to the workplace, W.I.N. I lived with Kristin in Milan when she created this organization…

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