International Women’s Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, is marked on the 8th of March every year. This is a major day of global celebration of women. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements. And here at The Grapefruit we would like to pay tribute to some women of Wine, who we have the pleasure of dealing with.

We are lucky to work with some wonderful ladies, our range of New Zealand wines, sourced for us by Irish woman Joyce Austin. Joyce is a Dublin native who moved to Auckland some 17 years ago and for the best part of the last decade, she has been sourcing excellent boutique wines from some of New Zealand’s most exciting wineries. Among these wineries is Muddy Water, which is based in Waipara, near Christchurch. With Chief wine-maker, Belinda Gould and viticulturist and vineyard manager, Miranda Brown  bringing considerable expertise to the winery, both have spent time in California and Belinda has spent time working in Germany.   

A small (2,000 km) hop across the Tasman Sea, to Australia and one finds The Yalumba winery, with Chief wine-maker Louisa Rose who has been working with Yalumba since 1992. She is also the first woman to become a judge on the Australian National Wine Show Circuit. And how could we forget the tireless travelling ambassador and wine-maker and all round super-star Jane Ferrari, Jane is more than a worker at Yalumba she is a crusader preaching the Gospel of the Barrossa region and it’s wine, all you have to do is spend awhile in her company and listen to her talk to become enriched in the history and traditions of the region where Yalumba is based. And if you think that the New World has the monopoly on female wine-makers you are sorely mistaken, but more on those ladies tommorow.