Spain’s top women winemakers

9th January, 2017 by Lucy Shaw

From fearless bullfighters to its World Cup-winning football team, Spain is a country that celebrates the traditionally masculine qualities of physical strength, courage, assertiveness and confidence.

Landscape with a tree in the Valencian Community

For a woman, getting to the top of your game in the male-dominated wine world is hard enough – doing so in a macho country such as Spain is all the more impressive.

While a number of the women on our list, including María José López de Heredia and Mireia Torres, were born into famous wine families and have worked hard to emerge from their fathers’ shadows, others have entered the game out of a pure passion for wine, rising to the top through sheer determination and true grit.

From María Vargas at Marqués de Murrieta to Begoña Jovellar at Vega Sicilia, these leading lights are responsible for some of the top wines in the country and are helping to shape and dictate Spain’s fine wine narrative.

We thought it was time to celebrate the achievements of these 15 pioneers, and at the same time highlight five women set to become the future stars of the Spanish wine industry.

In the first of a two-part series, click through for profiles of and interviews with 10 of Spain’s leading ladies of wine.

4 Responses to “Spain’s top women winemakers”

  1. Jose Ruisanchez says:

    thanks and you should have mentioned Doña Maria of Montebello/Osborne, a true pathbreaker for the others

  2. Ana says:

    I am very happy when I see a woman leading wine projects with such a success. Congratulations!!
    Ana

  3. Jacob says:

    Daphne Gloria is not spaniard, should not have been included. She is a US citizen born in Switzerland, making 1 wine in Spain, and selling spanish wines in the United States of America.

  4. Women should not be downgraded from mere housewife alone. Even a housewife is a hard job, it’s a 24/7 workout. Now with regards to winemaking, it doesn’t state in any book or any law that a woman cannot be a winemaker. If a woman is equipped with the knowledge of doing so then so be it. Whether winemaker, engineer, carpenter, driver or any hard our jobs, we should acknowledge equality whatever genre we are in.

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