Closing the Gender Gap in Winemaking

Coming January 2025: Women make up nearly two-thirds of the workforce at Virginia wineries, including a substantial number as owners and in other positions of leadership. So why are fewer than 20% of winemakers women? Is it the phyical labor? Cultural bias? The age-old “P” word concerns? (As in, “women of childbearing years…”)  

How can we all support women in this all-important role, and what opportunities for improving the industry, and Virginia winemaking, does that open up?

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