The mission of Virginia Women in Wine is to strengthen the Virginia wine industry by creating women-led media and marketing ventures, by providing networking opportunities that lead to improved winery operations and career advancement of its members, and by funding projects that generate important discussions and raise the bar for the continued advancement of Virginia wine.


Since the first energy-filled gathering of Virginia wine women for a movie night at Glass House Winery in 2019, hundreds of women in the industry got together at more “unofficial” dinners across the state, each time adding creative energy to Virginia wine’s vibrant tapestry and fueling fresh collaborations.

Buzzing from each of those memorable evenings, the group asked: How to capture this energy? How to channel it? Make it meaningful and lasting?

Virginia Women in Wine now does just that.

Virginia Women in Wine

Board Members

Nancy Bauer


Catherine Grigas


Kathy Wiedemann


Megan Hereford

Membership Chair

Co-founder, Daring Wine Co.

Stephanie Pence

Networking Chair

Vicki Ruckman

Bylaws Chair

Maria Rafferty

Funds & Partners Co-Chair

Seidah Armstrong

WEbsite & Tech Co-Chair

Owner/Winemaker, Sweet Vines Farm Winery

Shannon Horton

Website & Tech Co-Chair

Amanda Darvill

Media Co-Chair

Janel Laravie

Media Co-Chair

Athena Eastwood

Marketing Co-Chair

Shannon Kernan

Marketing Co-Chair

AJ Greely

Virginia Vineyards Assn. Liaison

Winemaker, Hark Vineyards

Become a Member

Whether you are a Virginia winery, cidery, meadery or vineyard, or work to support the Virginia wine industry, we invite you to become a member of our quickly-growing organization.

Receive an "early supporter" discount when you become a member before October 1, 2024!

Individuals: Use code INDIVIDUALKICKOFF at checkout (all caps, all one word)
Organizations: Use code ORGANIZATIONKICKOFF at checkout (all caps, all one word)

Champion & Founding Partner

Founding Partners

Gold Level Patrons