Argentina: women in wine

Andrea Marchiori

6Having grown up running around her father’s vineyard in Lujan de Cuyo, Andrea Marchiori’s choice of career was a natural one. Completing her winemaking degree as the only woman in the class, she headed to Sonoma in the US with her husband and fellow winemaker, Luis Barraud. There they met flying winemaker Paul Hobbs and while overseas began talks about a partnership back in her hometown of Mendoza. Now, with Hobbs and Barraud, Marchiori fronts a successful winery – Viña Cobos – where you can find some of Argentina’s most acclaimed and expensive wines.

Having grown from 1,500 cases to 100,000 cases in just over a decade (and launched a side project with her husband, Marchiori-Barraud), Marchiori knows a thing or two about making a wine business successful. And while she is adamant that her experience has been privileged for working in environments where women were accepted as equals, she admits there were challenges to face. “My whole career has always been with men,” she reflects over the last 20 years. “When I started working in a winery as a young woman, some men found it shocking to have a woman telling them what to do. You always have to keep in mind that you are a woman and that you are there because you have a capacity. And once men understand that, they respect you too.”

In Argentina Marchiori has proved her capacity as a woman, and a winemaker.

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