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Women in Wine

Women in Wine (and Beer!): Happy International Women’s Month

March is Women’s History Month – a time to (extra) celebrate the trailblazing women in Napa Valley and their contributions to the industry. Here are a few inspirational and powerful women who are making a name for themselves.


Victoria Coleman is the first black woman winemaker in the Napa Valley, producing wine using sustainably farmed grapes at Lobo Cellars since 2008. Her credentials include a degree from the UC Davis enology/viticulture program, which is widely known as the program for leaders in viticulture and enology education.


Priyanka French is the lead winemaker at Signorello Estate. At the age of 35, she’s one of the youngest female winemakers to lead a Napa winery, as well as one of just a handful of Indian winemakers in California.


Elaine St. Clair is the only woman in the United States to hold the commercial title of both winemaker and brewer. Today, she’s at the helm at St. Clair Brown – the only tasting spot in Napa operating as a boutique winery and a nano-brewery in one.