Top 50 most powerful women in wine: 10-119th December, 2012 by Lucy Shaw
1. GINA GALLO
Topping our list is Gallo Family Vineyards’ chief winemaker, Gina Gallo. Founded in 1933 by Ernest and Julio Gallo, Gina’s great uncle and grandfather, Gallo has grown to become the world’s largest privately bottles drunk in the US is a Gallo- owned wine. The company sold 75 million cases of wine last year, up 7% on 2010, dwarfing second place Concha y Toro’s 29.7 million.
Gina is at the forefront of the brand’s winemaking Moscato in both the US and the UK, Gina also spearheaded the launch of Gallo Moscato, a low alcohol sweet wine cleverly created to capitalise on the “Moscato madness” trend currently sweeping the globe.
Her 2009 marriage to French wine heir Jean-Charles Boisset cemented one of the most powerful wine unions in history, giving Gina influence over Boisset’s Burgundy-based wine empire, Boisset Famille des Grands Vins. Boisset looks after a US arm, comprising California wineries DeLoach Vineyards, Raymond Vineyards and Buena Vista Winery. Gina also oversees winemaking at Gallo’s sister brands, which include Louis Martini, Frei Brothers, Turning Leaf, Redwood Creek and Barefoot Wine, and takes pride in making single estate wines from Napa, Sonoma and Monterey, bottled under the Signature Series label.