Spain’s top women winemakers

María José Lopez de Heredia


Rioja’s María José López de Heredia presides over one of the most prestigious estates in the region renowned for its traditional reds and long-aged whites made in an oxidative style from barrel-aged Viura.

A champion of the much- maligned Viura grape, fourth-generation López de Heredia was one of the only producers to continue making traditional barrel-aged white Rioja when it fell out of fashion. The style is becoming popular again, not least thanks to López de Heredia’s perseverence.

“In Spain, we have an incredible capacity for making high quality wines with elegance and finesse that can give a lot pleasure to sophisticated consumers from all over the world,” she says.

Who made you want to work in the wine industry? My father, Pedro López de Heredia, the third generation of our family business.

What has been the biggest challenge of your career so far? Learning to live without my father. He passed away three years ago.

Has it been tough getting to the top of a male dominated industry? No. I represent the fourth generation in our family company. It is different when you have to find a way in the immense world of wine than taking on a role in your own family business. My great grandmother managed the company as far back as 1886.

What would you still like to achieve in your career?  To leave R. López de Heredia heading in the same philosophical direction as our founder for the next generation and to continue the production of high quality wines that are adapted to the future.

Desert island wine: La Gitana Manzanilla Pasada Pastrana.

8 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!!

  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.

  5. Woman should come in front of the society without minding all restrictions from the family and the society. This article really an inspiration for woman who want to break the wall of restrictions. waiting for more posts like this.

  6. Feeling very proud to hear this.A women can do any thing.Very glad to hear that a women can lead something and made a success.It will be very inspiring for the whole other women community.

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  8. chrisgail says:

    I want to say those women congratulation on their success.

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