Fostering women’s leadership in wine

Former Riverlander Mary Retallack has been appointed as an advisory board member to the Women of the Vine Global Symposium. She is one of two international board members to be named. The other is Jancis Robinson from the United Kingdom.

The Californian conference, to be held in March 2015, aims to connect women across all sectors of the wine industry and prove opportunities for networking, mentoring and collaboration.

“The symposium will be the first of its kind and will take place in the Napa next March,” said Ms Retallack who is the managing director of South Australia’s Retallack Viticulture. People from all aspects of the wine industry from growers and winemakers to buyers, distributors, marketing and sales, education, sommeliers and wine media are expected to attend the two-day symposium.

Topics covered will include: personal, family and business dynamics of women in wine; life/work balance; being confident in a male-dominated industry; leadership skills; communication tactics; negotiation tips; succession plans; and success stories/case studies by women in wine In the Australia approximately 10 per cent of viticulturists and winemakers employed in the wine industry are women.

Official statistics reveal that just 9.8 per cent of winemakers in California are women, and out of 219 professionals who have earned the title of Master Sommelier only 21 are women. The symposium celebrates the achievements and advancement of women in the wine industry spanning the globe. For more information please visit

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