Like many other businesses around the world, there has been a real push in the wine trade towards gender equality and opportunity, with wonderful organisations such as the Women in Wine Leadership Symposium and Women in Wine LDN doing great work in driving the change.

In their own words, WWLS “was started in 2012, with a mission to empower and educate women in the wine industry through a series of panel discussions and wine tasting”.

Meanwhile, Women in Wine LDN describe themselves as “a growing community of women working in the wine industry”, exploring key issues through discussion to “positively impact their professional development”. These guys are hosting a panel at this month’s London Wine Fair that won’t be one to miss.

We reached out to them directly for a quote on why they do what they do;

“We believe that if women have the opportunity to meet each other and learn more about their industry, they will gain even more confidence and the support network to succeed in their careers. We support initiatives that highlight womens’ achievements throughout the industry.”

It was announced last week too that China Wine and Spirits Awards (CWSA) have announced the world’s first competition to be judged solely by women. They explain their reasoning for this is that “80% of wine is purchased by women”, so it makes sense that women should be the judge.

Championing women in wine isn’t just about business sense either, but also a matter of social principle. With so many vital women not just in our overseas vineyards but in our company too, we want to help in whatever small way we can to celebrate our wines that were made with female hands.

Here too is a quote from just one of our many inspiring female winemakers; Bunty Khan of Cape Dreams on her experience in creating a brand.

“About 10 years ago I developed and launched our Cape Dreams range of wines. I have made it my personal mission to make Cape Dreams a leading example of true transformation. It was incredibly challenging especially as a woman but I was prepared for this and worked very hard to make Cape Dreams successful. Having successfully established a global footprint covering 20 countries over the past years.”

Look out in our brand-spankin’-new brochure for some special mentions wines made by some very special women…