Four Female Winemakers (and Their Wines) You Should Know (and Try) This Summer


Though the wine business has long been a male-dominated industry, a number of female winemakers are making solid waves for producing notable vintages and popular wine brands. Why not make your next happy hour a little happier by supporting wines produced by female winemakers? Below, here are four female winemakers making best in class varietals you should seek out the next time you’re in the mood for a sip:

Stephanie Jacobs at Cakebread Cellars:

This popular line of California wines is produced by enologist-turned-winemaker Stephanie Jacobs, who joined the family-run vineyard in 2004. Long a Napa Valley favorite among oenophiles, their Chardonnay is consistently rated among wine enthusiasts’ top rankings. 

Andrea and Robin McBride of McBride Sisters Collection

Winemaking sisters Andréa and Robin McBride grew up in wine country but in vastly different wine countries thousands of miles apart in New Zealand and California. When they finally discovered each other and reunited as adults, the paired their passion for wine into their eponymous brand. McBride produces reds, whites, and rosés in both NZ and CA, and recently released a line of wine in a can, She Can.

Debbie Juergenson of Apothic Wines

Produced by California’s Gallo vineyard, widely popular Apothic Wines were developed by winemaker Debbie Jurgenson. With a background in geology, Juergenson started as an analytical technician at a vineyard before becoming a winemaker.  Known for her wine blends, Juergenson combines zinfandel, merlot, syrah and Cabernet Savignon for her easy to drink Apothic Red. One of this wine’s best properties? It’s around $10 at your grocery store.