Five Remarkable Women in Etna's Wine Industry
The wine industry in Italy has carved out its place in history. For centuries, Italy has been known for producing some of the finest wines in the world. From Prosecco in the Veneto region to Chianti in Tuscany, the wine industry is just as competitive as it is famous. Newer vineyards are competing with heritage vineyards to produce the country's best wines, and these five women are making a name for themselves in the industry.
Located in Sicily, the Romeo del Castello farms have been family owned and operated for centuries. Today it is run by Rosanna del Castello and her daughter, Chiara Vigo. Durning art school, her fascination with wine labels drew her back to the family business.
Mariangela Cambria, the owner of Cottanera Vinery, is a strong woman who tamed Etna's territory to produce one of the best wines on the market. Established in the 1960's Cottanera was once a hazelnut grove that was turned into a winery.
Trente Dayini Hargrave
The story of the Terre di Trente vineyard began in October 2003. Simply by chance, Belgian art dealer Trente Hargrave and her husband soon found themselves in the wine business. Ever since then, they have worked tirelessly to create one of the best wines in the world.
The Biondi Vineyards date back to the late 19th century. After a successful few decades, the vineyard fell on hard times, and it was until 1999 when Stef Biondi and her brother took over the vineyard that things began to look up. She renovated the family vineyards with the idea that the only way to revive the vineyard was to produce high-quality wines in a sustainable manner.
Vinzia Di Gaetano
Firriato was founded in 1984 by husband and wife team, Salvatore Di Gaetano and Vinzia Novara Di Gaetano. Passionate about Sicilian wine, Vinzia is the CEO of Firriato and the face of Sicilian wine. She is dedicated to the care of the land and has a strong philosophy that is reflected in the identity of each wine.
Next time you are in Italy, make time to visit one of these many vineyards that are owned and operated by women. Spend an afternoon touring the vineyards before enjoying a wine tasting on the property with the beautiful Italian wine country as your backdrop.
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