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Women’s History Month: Women in Wine

National Women in Wine Day is observed annually on March 25th to celebrate and highlight stories of women in the wine industry. Inspired by International Women’s History Month which takes place in March of each year, Women in Wine Day was founded in 2021 by a California winery that was co-created and is co-owned, by two women. In honor of Women’s History Month, scroll through to learn more about the women pioneering the wine industry.

Le Grand Courtâge

About: Owned and managed entirely by women, Le Grand Courtâge was birthed by Tawnya Falkner’s passion and belief in taking a leap and moving to France to create an affordable everyday luxury. Le Grand Courtâge, meaning ‘the Great Courtship’, symbolizes the courtship between French and American wine culture, grapes from different regions and the old and new world.
Empire Distributors Market Availability: Albany, Asheville, Atlanta, Augusta, Charlotte, Colorado, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Raleigh, Savannah, Wilmington, Winston Salem

Far Niente Winery

About: Recognized as a benchmark producer of Napa Valley Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, Far Niente has a rich tradition of placing women at the winemaking helm. Far Niente’s Winemaker, Nicole Marchesi, started as a enologist in 2005 shortly before being promoted to assistant winemaker then winemaker. Marchesi strives to create wines of elegance and depth that capture both place and vintage, while staying true to the Far Niente house style.
Empire Distributors Market Availability: Albany, Asheville, Atlanta, Augusta, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Raleigh, Savannah, Winston Salem

Yes Way Rosé

About: A lot like most people, founders Erica + Nikki knew zero about wine when they fell head over heels (a few times) in love with rosé. Best friends in NYC working in fashion, Erica as an editor and Nikki a graphic designer, they took their passion first to social media introducing lifestyle products emblazoned with their bold logo, bringing a fresh perspective to the old-school wine category. Meanwhile, they hit the books, and more importantly the bottles, becoming experts to create a line of delectable French rosés that you can actually pronounce.
Empire Distributors Market Availability: Albany, Atlanta, Augusta, Chattanooga, Colorado, Knoxville, Nashville, Savannah

Shannon Ridge Vineyards 

About: Overseen by Lake County native and Director of Winemaking and Production, Joy Merrilees, Shannon Ridge specializes in handcrafted award-winning wines from sustainably farmed, family-owned Lake County vineyards. The winery is dedicated to crafting luscious, fruit-driven wines that express the distinct characteristics of fruit gown in the high valley region of Lake County, California.
Empire Distributors Market Availability: Albany, Asheville, Atlanta, Augusta, Charlotte, Colorado, Raleigh, Savannah, Wilmington

J Vineyards & Winery

About: Situated in the vine-friendly Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, J Winery’s vineyards offer the ideal climate for growing distinctive, world-class wines. Nicole Hitchcock is the fourth winemaker at J Vineyards & Winery and was recently awarded the 2022 Wine Star Awards Winemaker of the Year by Wine Enthusiast.
Empire Distributors Market Availability: Atlanta, Chattanooga, Memphis, Nashville

Whitehaven Wine

About: Inspired by the beauty of the Marlborough region, Founder/Managing Director, Sue White decided to start a family winery with her husband in the heart of this new exciting wine region. The core philosophy of this family winery is centered on the pursuit of quality without compromise, with a singular vision of consistently creating premium wines from 100% Marlborough fruit.
Empire Distributors Market Availability: Atlanta, Chattanooga, Memphis, Nashville

Dark Horse Wine

About: Dark Horse Winemaker, Beth Liston, believes winemaking is a treasure hunt. She is constantly experimenting with different grape varietals and new winemaking techniques. From bold Red Blend to smooth Chardonnay, her passion for creating exceptional wines that outperform their price is unsurpassed.
Empire Distributors Market Availability: Atlanta, Chattanooga, Memphis, Nashville

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