Spain’s top women winemakers

Mireia Torres 


A fifth-generation member of the Torres wine dynasty, Mireia joined the family firm in 1999 as a lab assistant and worked her way up to her current role of general manager of Jean Leon and Torres Priorat. Torres produces around 44 million bottles a year, 4.2 million of which are sold in Britain via popular brands such as Viña Sol, Esmeralda and Sangre de Toro.

The proudest moment of her career so far came after a few years of managing Jean Leon. “We finally broke even and the team gave me an Oscar statuette for ‘best boss’ – I loved that. It was really touching,” she says. Turning over £175m in annual sales, the company owns 2,440 hectares of vineyards in Spain, California and Chile.

Who made you want to work in the wine industry? After I finished my degree in chemical engineering in Barcelona, my father convinced me to go to Montpellier to study oenology. The moment I entered that world, I was hooked. I decided to pursue it professionally, convinced that it was the best possible career for me.

What has been the biggest challenge of your career so far? Balancing my personal and professional life has always been complicated. I have faced and overcome important challenges throughout my career at Torres. I was in charge of technical management during a critical moment when we were launching several new winery projects throughout Spain. Then there was the challenge of turning the Jean Leon winery around when I took over as director in 2010.

Has it been tough getting to the top of a male dominated industry? I’m a professional woman committed to what I do, and I put a lot of enthusiasm into every project. As to whether being a woman or a man makes things harder or easier, I prefer not to think about it as it doesn’t help.

Do you feel a lot of weight on your shoulders being part of such a famous Spanish wine dynasty? Of course, I won’t deny it, but at this point in my life, I’ve learned to handle it quite well.

What is the most exciting aspect of the Spanish wine industry at the moment? Spain has great diversity in terms of climate and varieties. The potential to create new high-quality wines is enormous. At Torres, we’re bringing wines to market made from ancestral Catalan varieties that have been revived after more than 20 years of research.

Desert island wine: Our new sparkling wine from Penedès – Cuvée Esplendor.

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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