Women of the Vine & Spirits is a membership-based alliance that empowers and equips women worldwide to advance their careers in the alcohol beverage industry.
Women of the Vine & Spirits offers education, advocacy, training, mentorship, networking and steadfast support for women at every position in the field, particularly through the annual Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium.
Women of the Vine & Spirits is not just a networking organization. We provide women with tools, services and opportunities to advance their careers and personal development. We encourage our Men of the Vine to join us too! We understand the importance of bridging the connections between men and women in order to open more doors and opportunities for Women of the Vine & Spirits members.
Overseen by an advisory board of top executives, Women of the Vine & Spirits is the only trade organization to advance and support the careers of women in the alcohol beverage industry while collectively advocating for the industry at large to support gender-diverse teams and talent development.
Women of the Vine began when President, Deborah Brenner, researched and wrote the bestselling book, Women of the Vine: Inside the World of Women Who Make, Taste, and Enjoy Wine. As a former executive and 20-year veteran of the television and film industries, Brenner was familiar with the disenchantment of working in a male-dominated industry. As she interviewed women in the wine industry for the book, her commitment to telling their stories galvanized the group as a force whose talents and collective experience could not be ignored.
Brenner harnessed this energy and enthusiasm (which grew far beyond that of the subjects of her book) and organized the inaugural Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium in Napa in March, 2015, which featured informative sessions on leadership, marketing/branding, and the particular challenges that face women in the wine industry. With over 500 attendees from 5 countries, the Symposium set the stage for the launch of the Women of the Vine & Spirits, a membership-based trade organization that exists to support, advance, and connect women in the wine industry worldwide through education, advocacy, training, mentorship, and steadfast confidence in the value of women at every position in the field.
- How is Women of the Vine & Spirits different?
Women of the Vine & Spirits is a trade alliance solely focused on supporting, advancing and connecting women employed in the industry. Women of the Vine welcomes women from all sectors of the alcohol beverage industry.
- Why does an organization like Women of the Vine & Spirits need to exist?
Women of the Vine & Spirits fills a void in the alcohol beverage industry. There has never been a forum for women in all sectors of the industry to come together to foster diversity initiatives and to ensure the next generation is being mentored to take leadership roles.
- Who are the members of the Women of the Vine & Spirits Advisory Board?
Members of the Women of the Vine & Spirits Advisory Board include professionals from across the alcohol beverage industry, including senior executives, marketing and public relations professionals, journalists, educators, sommeliers, exporters and distributors. To view the full list of Advisory Board members: click here
- What does membership do for me?
Membership with Women of the Vine & Spirits provides members with a supportive environment of women committed to helping each other. Specific benefits include:
- a strong network of colleagues
- professional development and advancement
- finding or being a mentor
- establishing a personal brand
- the career development resource center
- access to membership directory and contact information
- access to members-only job board
- access to members’ discussion forum
- discount to all Women of the Vine & Spirits events
- company profile in the Women of the Vine & Spirits membership directory
- priority speaking opportunities
- priority opportunities to host Women of the Vine & Spirits regional network meetings