The Wine Heiresses Apparent
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Women in the wine industry are increasingly taking charge of family businesses and making a significant impact in the field. This is evident in the story of Angela Fronti, who broke tradition by pursuing winemaking and taking over her family's vineyards to create her own label, Istine. She has gained critical acclaim for her Chianti Classicos and has started bottling single-vineyard wines from the family's plots. This shift in the wine industry is not unique to Fronti, as women around the world are now leading family businesses and pushing them to new and unexpected heights.
As a young woman growing up in the Chianti Classico town of Radda-in-Chianti in Tuscany, Angela Fronti was sure of one thing: She did not want to join her family's business, doing agricultural work for wineries.
Traditionally, women were only allowed to take over family enterprises in cases of unexpected death, such as Corinne Mentzelopoulos who took the reins of Chateau Margaux after her father's passing. However, more women are breaking the mold and actively pursuing careers in winemaking and taking charge of family businesses. This is a significant shift in the industry and showcases the talents and abilities of women in the wine world.
Women long ago demonstrated remarkable abilities in wine. But those allowed to take over family enterprises were historically the exceptions. Often, they stepped in after the unexpected death of a father or spouse.
Read at www.nytimes.com
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