WOMEN OF THE VINE & SPIRITS
IS COMMITTED TO ONE CLEAR MISSION:

The empowerment and advancement of women in the alcohol beverage industry.

 

Our members include an extensive range of influential professional women and men engaged in a diverse range of occupations throughout the alcohol beverage industry. 

Including senior executives, marketing and public relations professionals, journalists, educators, sommeliers, exporters and distributors, on and off premise managers, HR professionals, sales executives, ancillary services, bartenders and more.

We offer steadfast support for women at every position in the field with membership privileges that include: education, advocacy, training, mentorship, entrepreneurship and networking as well as tools, services and opportunities for career advancement and personal development.

 

Members are also invited to the annual Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium, the most enthusiastically sought-after, vibrant experience in the alcohol beverage industry. Because of its unique, elegant and advantageous content, abundance of take-home value and high-quality networking opportunities tickets are highly coveted and sell out fast.

 

Men of the Vine are encouraged to join too. We understand the importance of bridging the connections between men and women in order to open more doors and opportunities for women in the industry.

 

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.

“As a woman who joined the family business more than 30 years ago, I’m proud to support
Women of the Vine & Spirits and its mission to empower women. It is important to acknowledge
women’s achievements from previous generations and create opportunities
for future generations to come.”

Carolyn Wente, Fourth Generation Winegrower & CEO, Wente Vineyards

 

“The wine and spirits industry is fast evolving and is an extremely exciting
space in which women can and should flourish. The dialogue that Women of the Vine & Spirits is
creating is long overdue and is changing the world we women and men live and work in.”

Susan Kostrzewa, Executive Editor, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

 

Our Story

Women of the Vine & Spirits 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 alcohol beverage 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.

 

FAQs

How is Women of the Vine & Spirits different?

Not only is Women of the Vine & Spirits solely focused on supporting, advancing and connecting women employed and operating in the industry, our members also enjoy interaction and networking opportunities with buyers, sellers and others active in the industry. Women of the Vine & Spirits welcomes members from all sectors of the alcohol beverage industry.

No matter what area of the alcohol beverage industry you work in, as a buyer, as seller, a vendor or an up-and-coming brand, or as a manager, a bartender, a book keeper or a distributor; you will meet people, find opportunity and further your career or business by becoming a member and participating in our multitude of programs, resources, forums and events.

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 by providing a unique forum for women in all sectors of the industry to come together, foster diversity initiatives, empower one another and ensure this and future generations are mentored to embrace 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 or my company?

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

    ▪      speaking opportunities

    ▪      opportunities to host Women of the Vine & Spirits regional network meetings