Top 50 most powerful women in wine: 40-3112th December, 2012 by Lucy Shaw
37. CAROL DUVAL- LEROY
In 1991, Duval-Leroy joined the likes of Barbe-Nicole ￼(Veuve) Clicquot and Lily Bollinger as one of only a few women to run a Champagne house. After the sudden death of her husband, she became chairwoman of Champagne Duval-Leroy, one of the last family-owned houses in Champagne. She has worked tirelessly to modernise the production process, develop distribution channels, increase the product range and expand into new export markets. Raising the quality of the Champagnes she produces remains at the forefront of Duval-Leroy’s agenda, leading to the recent launch of an organic range. In 2007, Duval-Leroy became the first female head of the Association Viticole Champenoise.