Argentina: women in wine

Laura Principiano

7Today Bodega Zuccardi is one of the most exciting operations in Argentina. A large family winery with young gun winemaker Sebastian Zuccardi at its head, it has brought forward innovations, finesse and has just opened a landmark new winery in the Uco Valley. Behind every great captain there is a great skipper, and the skipper of Zuccardi’s vessel is a woman – Laura Principiano.

Plucked straight out of university to join Zuccardi in the winery’s experimentation lab, Principiano feels blessed to have landed a great job early on in her career. “I’m very privileged to work in a company with a family that takes importance in people and not in their gender,” she comments. Although fortunate, Principiano is a hard worker and has been instrumental in the progress of Zuccardi’s style and critical acknowledgements. Her work in the development and experimentation lab have led her to take charge – along with Sebastian – in the production of the winery’s top wines. “Laura is much more than an agronomist or winemaker, her perception and passion for wine transpass the technical barrier,” says Zuccardi.

“I find it difficult to think of what we would be doing without her. Wine needs more people like Laura – she is undoubtedly one of the references of Argentina.” In this case, Principiano proves that the “right-hand-man” can be just as deservedly a woman.

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