Top 50 most powerful women in wine: 40-3112th December, 2012 by Lucy Shaw
35. ZELMA LONG
As a pioneering American winemaker, Long was one of the first women to study oenology at UC Davis in California in the late 1960s. Working at the Robert Mondavi Winery in the ‘70s, she quickly rose up the ranks to become chief winemaker. Today, in addition to running her own Bordeaux blend-focused winery Vilafonté in Paarl, South Africa, she also oversees winemaking at her family estate, Long Vineyards, in the Napa Valley. In her spare time she consults internationally, everywhere from Israel to France, in addition to local consulting in the US at estates such as Golan Heights Winery, Donum, HdV and Gundlach Bundschu in California, and Bookwalter in Washington’s Columbia Valley.