Nathalie & Julia Fèvre
Nathalie was Chef de Cave at La Chablisienne, the region’s famous cooperative winery. In 2003 Nathalie and her husband Gilles took back some of their families vineyards to make wines under their own label—for the first time in five generations of winemaking history! Nathalie oversees winemaking with her husband Gilles and both she and Gilles, collaborate with advocacy and development organizations for the Chablis appellation (such as Syndicat de Défense de l'Appellation Chablis, I.N.A.O.) And now they have a new employee, Julie Fèvre their daughter.
In 2014 Marie, a trained oenologist, took the reins at Chateau de Pampelonne and continues the family’s winemaking tradition. Named as President of the Maîtres Vignerons—the first woman to ever hold the position—she also makes the renowned Légende rosé using rigorously selected grapes from hundred-year-old vines. Continuing to keep the business a family affair with her father, and soon her two sisters Anne and Aude, Marie watches over her vineyard with a careful eye.
Onditz and Itziar Eizagirre
Getariako Txakolina, Spain
Itziar and Onditz, mark the fifth generation at Finca Jakue. Their father Bixente was instrumental in creating the DO and Talai Berri which represents the 1st established estate winery of the region! After the creation in 1989, Talai Berri became the first winery built exclusively for making and distributing Txakoli. Today Itziar is lead winemaker for Talai Berri winery, in charge of the vineyards as well as elaboration of all txakoli. Onditz studied business and marketing and is therefore in charge of the commercial and export department for the winery. As with most working moms, there is always a challenging and particular balance required to sustain both work and family.
Carol Shelton is widely cited as the most awarded winemaker in the United States. Early in her career, Carol experienced some of the resistance that many of this pioneering class of women winemakers were encountering. In her own words: “women weren’t allowed to work in the cellar. We weren’t considered strong enough, but I think many of us proved this conception to be dead wrong.
Honored by The Women’s History Project in 2005 as one of eight Pioneer Women Winemakers of Sonoma County along with Zelma Long, Merry Edwards, and Helen Turley.