What a time it is to be a woman! We officially have a woman Vice President of the United States of America and regardless of your views, this is monumental. During our time at Kappa Delta we learned what it meant to be a woman supporting women. We learned what sisterhood was, we learned that women can and should hold leadership roles. What made the most difference was the confidence that the sorority developed in us as individuals, to always believe in ourselves, our dreams and most of all to go for whatever it is that you want. Each year we would celebrate International Women’s Day (March 8th) as well as Women’s Friendship Month (in September). To keep that tradition going, in honor of International Women’s Day we want to feature some women who are breaking glass ceilings and achieving new heights. What we wanted to feature are women owned wineries right here in Napa and Sonoma Valley. These are women and wineries that are breaking the mold in a predominantly male dominated industry and we are here for it 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
This winery was a no brainer for us to feature because it’s a story of someone going for their dream and encouraging others to do the same. Owner and Winemaker Chelsea Hoff is not only academically gifted but she is young and forging her way into a male dominated industry. This is a relatively newer label with the winery being founded in 2016 but she is not new to the industry. Chelsea has worked on her family’s vineyard, Fantesca Estate & Winery, done study abroads in France and New Zealand learning their techniques and is bringing what she’s learned back to Napa Valley.
Be sure to show her some support by picking up a few bottles of her incredible wines! These will also make for beautiful gifts!
Hall Wines & Walt Wines
Kathryn Hall is the epitome of women breaking through glass ceilings. Long before she owned her own winery she was doing notable work. Kathryn began her public career working as an attorney, and later going on to be managing director and partner of an investment firm, a community activist, and the American Ambassador to Austria (1997 – 2001). Upon her return to America in 2001 she turned her focus back to winemaking and has developed a few outstanding brands.
Growing up Kathryn’s parents were dedicated winegrowers who sold grapes under the name Walt Vineyard’s (Walt being Kathryn’s maiden name). Today Kathryn has kept their legacy alive through Walt Wines based in Sonoma County.
BACA – started in 2018 is another wine brand, focusing on Zinfandel, in the HALL & WALT portfolio. Run by Kathryn’s daughter Jennifer. Talk about an impressive family!
If you haven’t tried Kathryn Hall’s wines – run don’t walk to get your hands on a bottle. Literally ALL of their wine is outstanding, we’ve tried a lot of it!
McBride Sisters Collection
We absolutely love their story ❤️ Two sisters raised apart in different areas of the world one in Monterey, California and one in Marlborough, New Zealand (both amazing wine growing areas) who were reunited in California with a love of wine and the rest is history (you can hear their full story on the How I Built This podcast). These two woman are inspirational growing their company into the largest black owned winery in the United States of America (Not to mention female owned 🎉) seriously inspirational. If you need another reason to obsess with them over is how they exemplify woman supporting woman! Make sure to check out their websites blog for their features of women entrepreneurs and businesses. These women are the very definition of boss babes.
They have three brands “McBride Sisters”, “SHE CAN” and “Black Girl Magic” all of which are and ode to their culture and the barriers that they have had to break down.
Be sure to show some love and support and order yourself some of their wine!
Cathy Corison is the founder and winemaker of Corison Winery and she first started buying the grapes to make her cabernet sauvignon in 1987. It wasn’t until 1995 that she was able to buy an existing farm and in 1999 turn it into the winery of her dreams. She persevered and never gave up until her dreams came to fruition. Cool fact, one of our favorite Prichard Hill wineries (Chappellet) was lucky enough to have her as one of their winemakers! She worked hard and now is running a beautiful winery barn in Napa Valley.
Please make sure to support her and her winery by purchasing from their store direct!
Inman Family Wines
Kathleen Inman, the woman who does it all. She is the owner, winemaker and general manager of this Sonoma Winery and founded it in 2000. What is unique (other than being a woman owned winery in the valley) is that she focuses on natural wines and environmentally responsible business practices (her winery is 100% solar powered and made of recycled products!) What I truly love about her is that she started her career out in accounting (like me 🎉) before deciding to follow her true passion of wine. Her winery is known for their Pinot Noir, so make sure you pick up a bottle (or case whatever floats your boat 😉)