Broadway World chose to highlight Luisa Ponzi, of Ponzi Vineyards; Celine of Champagna Ayala, Meritxell of Juve & Camps and Marina & Miriam of Masciarelli Winery.
“In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th, we’re “cheers-ing” to the women who are shaping the wine industry today. Wineries across the world including Ponzi Vineyards, Champagne Ayala, Juvé & Camps, and Masciarelli have seen extreme success with powerful females at the helm of their operations, persevering in a male dominated industry and delivering a delicious product.”
Trained in Burgundy, Luisa Ponzi has been making wine at Ponzi Vineyards since 1993. Caroline Latrive of Ayala is one of only a handful of female cellar masters in Champagne. In 2016, Maritxell Juve became J&C Prime Brands’ first woman CEO. Masciarelli Winery is led by Marina Cvetic, wife of Gianni Masciarelli, and their eldest daughter Miriam Lee Masciarelli, who together have taken up the difficult legacy of continuing to elevate Abruzzo wines and vines into the world wine scene.
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Chehalem Mountain AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Dick and Nancy Ponzi helped put Oregon on the map in the United States and the world, and the Ponzi family has worked continuously for over 50 years leading and innovating in the region and, in the case of Pinot Noir, across the country and indeed the world. Today winemaker Luisa Ponzi continues her work of the last 30 years with the family of Champagne Bollinger, which acquired Ponzi Vineyards in 2021.
Through tremendous vision and endless innovation, Masciarelli has not only become one of the most admired wineries in Italy, but is often regarded as the standard-bearer of the Abruzzo region. Led by the mother-daughter team of Marina Cvetić and Miriam Lee Masciarelli, the winery is the only one in Abruzzo to own land in all four provinces and produce wine from 100% estate-owned vineyards.
Juvé & Camps is an indisputable worldwide leader of Spanish premium sparkling wines. This family-owned, 100% estate-based producer is revered in Spain for its painstaking focus on quality and sustainability, and its important role within the country’s conversation on fine wine in general. A winegrowing family for over 200 years, in 1921 Juvé started producing the first sparkling wines under their name. They have been pioneers in the viticulture and production of sparkling wines since then. If you have visited Spain, you have seen with your own eyes the prevalence of Juvé & Camps. It is not an exaggeration to call it a national institution.
Ayala is one of the most exciting stories in Champagne today, almost the definition of a boutique Champagne producer. Independently owned, a small, young and dynamic team handles every step of production from grape reception to labeling in their jewel of a facility with incredible precision, crafting Chardonnay-focused wines that deliver immense pleasure, freshness, and elegance.