Women and Wine!

Last night in Cyprus I uncorked a bottle of Agios Onoufrios red wine. I often(!) drive the few miles from our villa up into the mountains to visit the Vasilikon winery and invest in a crate of their very quaffable wine.

Last night’s bottle sported an award I hadn’t seen before – a 2012 silver medal from the “Women And Wines Of The World” organisation based in Monaco. I decided to investigate…

This is a yearly competition open to all wines from all countries and is judged exclusively by women. The competition is intended to highlight the intrinsic qualities of wines from specific geographical areas and to distinguish those wines of outstanding quality and those that are typical of their appellation or origin. In addition, the international competition highlights the role of women and their professions in the world of wine and winemaking.

Individuals from different backgrounds and professions have now joined this initiative and the network currently covers 34 countries and represents approximately 300 people.

As I said previously, the wines presented are tasted exclusively by international expert women. Interesting I thought…do you think that women are adequately represented in the wine world? What do you think of wine tasting being the subject of single gender appraisal in this way? A good move or…unnecessary? Over to you… :-)

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  • http://twitter.com/TarotByArwen TarotByArwen

    I think it is an interesting move to have one gender intentionally. I’d have to see if the same wines were also placed high by other judging groups. :D

    • KarenGuttridge

      Totally agree! It would be interesting to compare :-)

  • Francene Stanley

    I’d never considered women making wine before. Duh! Of course they can.

    • KarenGuttridge


  • Eleanor Prior

    My dream would be to own a winery located near the ocean. I love to drink it so it would never make it to market.

    • KarenGuttridge

      I’m in! We’ll do it together Eleanor! :-)

  • http://twitter.com/chloegreene21 Chloe Greene

    I like this idea.
    Women consume a lot of wine so why not judge it too.
    Maybe there is greater confidence to offer their views in this forum.
    For the record do I like red wine and my favourites are Malbec and Shiraz. Though I am currently in Palma de Mallorca and am sampling local wines.

    • KarenGuttridge

      I think it’s an interesting concept and was intrigued upon spotting the silver award label on the bottle – I don’t want to miss out where these things are concerned! Hope you’re having a wonderful writing break :-)