Although they are in the minority in the wine-making industry, women in wine have a close-knit network, says Elizabeth Vianna, winemaker for Chimney Rock Winery in Napa, CA.
“There’s absolutely a connection between women in the industry,” Vianna said. “When I started in the industry 15 years ago, the women that I met immediately gave me support and ideas and really took me under their wing.” Watch Vianna talk about being a female winemaker, the art of wine and more:
Exactly how close is the wine industry? Very tight, according to Vianna. ”If the world is six degrees of separation; then the wine industry is two degrees of separation,” she said. “Everybody knows everyone.”
Before becoming a winemaker, Vianna was a biologist working at a lab in Cornell Medical Center in New York. Now experienced in the wine craft, she discusses the discipline of winemaking. The wine industry is rare, according to Vianna, in the fact that it blends art and science.
“It has this really interesting factor,” she said. “It’s somewhat scientific, I mean, growing vines and plant biology, that’s all scientific; the chemistry of wine. But there’s a je ne sais quoi that is all about art; blending wines there are no formulas, it really is something that is artistic and creative.”
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