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10 Women in B.C. Wine You Should Absolutely Know

The B.C. wine industry is crop-full of immensely talented female winemakers. When better to celebrate our women of wine than International Women's Day?

Val Tait, Bench 1775

Val Tait is a long-time viticulturist and winemaker in B.C. She’s previously worked for Mission Hill and Poplar Grove, and now serves as the General Manager and Winemaker at Bench 1775 in Naramata.

 

Jacqueline Kemp, Moraine Vineyards

The winemaker at Moraine Vineyards, Jacquie Kemp is a kickass dame - she studied winemaking in New Zealand and has a Black Belt in Tae Kwan Do.

 

Heidi Noble, JoieFarm Vineyards

As the owner of JoieFarm Vineyards, Heidi Noble works in absolutely every aspect of her business… including management, licensee sales, farming, and winemaking.

 

Christine Coletta, Okanagan Crush Pad

Christine Coletta is a powerful and innovative woman in the B.C. wine industry. She is the co-owner of Okanagan Crush Pad and founder of the British Columbia Wine Institute.

 

Severine Pinte, LaStella Winery

As winemaker, viticulturist, and managing partner, Severine Pinte crafts world-class wines in the South Okanagan.

 

Amber Pratt, C.C. Jentsch

Amber Pratt is a sensational winemaker. She cut her teeth at Black Hills Winery and has racked up an impressive list of awards since assuming the role at C.C. Jentsch.

 

Alishan Driediger, Little Farm Winery

Alishan Driediger is the Wine Grower at Little Farm Winery in the Similkameen Valley. Their production is tiny but very special and highly coveted.

 

Senka Tennent, Terravista Vineyards

Formerly of Black Hills Estate Winery, Senka Tennent is the co-owner and winemaker at TerraVista on the Naramata Bench.

 

Ann Sperling, Sperling Vineyards

Ann Sperling is blue blood in B.C. - her grandparents were early grapegrowers in the province. Today Ann makes fabulous and serious wines at Sperling Vineyards, and spends time consulting across the country.

 

Penelope Roche, Roche Vineyards

The winemaker Penelope Roche boasts five generations of viticulture and winemaking experience from the fabulous Chateau of Les Carmes Haute-Brion. Penelope applies this knowledge to her wines at Roche Vineyards.

 Photo: Lionel Trudel

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