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“At Southern Wine & Spirits, we’re honored to take the lead in sponsoring this groundbreaking organization and event in the wine world. As leaders in the wine and spirits industry, we are committed to growing perse leadership teams and investing in talent development throughout the company. As Founding Partner, we’ll continue to provide our ongoing support to the Women of the Vine organization, symposium and its overall mission in perpetuity.”

- Mel Dick, President of the Wine pision and Senior Vice President, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.

"In Australia female winemakers and viticulturists make up less than 10% if the team. The Women of the Vine Global Symposium provides a fantastic opportunity encourage women to put their hands up for opportunities, be present at the decision making table and ensure they are well supported, so we don’t lose women who are at the top of their game. Initiatives like this mean women have ready access to mentors, can connect with peers more effectively, contribute sooner and more effectively."

- Mary Retallack, Viticulturist / Managing Director, Retallack Viticulture


“Today, women are increasingly visible as leaders in every aspect of our industry,” said Jan Barnes, VP Brand Director for Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery and member of the Symposium’s advisory board. “In our own experience, the challenge is not only to retain the women we have working for our own company but also to ensure that they thrive while concurrently fostering the next generation of talent. The ‘Women of the Vine & SpiritsGlobal Symposium will be an outstanding opportunity to discuss these challenges and companion opportunities with our peers throughout the industry,”

Career Advice

5 Tips for Women Breaking Into the Wine Business

by  | Articles by Jennifer CurryBlog

There are more women breaking into the wine and restaurant industries than ever before. According to the Wine Institute, “women have put a new face on the industry, taking lead roles in sales, marketing, hospitality and distribution. There are also increasing numbers of women sommeliers, traditionally a position held by men. Women have proven they can succeed in all areas of the wine business through hard work and dedication.”

By following these five steps my dream of working at a winery came true. Read More...

The Art of Networking


Always stand by the bar. Shy? Networking alone? It's really easy to start a conversation with a stranger while they are waiting for a drink or pushing you aside to grab one. 

Ask a lot of questions (especially if you’re light on content).You know what they say... the best defense is a good offense. Read More...

7 Traits to Turn Good Managers Into Great Managers

At my core I believe that great managers have one job: to get the very best out of the people they manage. While that premise sounds simple, the execution is hard. Read More...

Three Key Digital Hires

Building the right digital and social media team is an extremely important step in the hiring process, whether your brand is 100 years old or new–to–market.  Read More...

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