It was officially presented at Vinitaly 1988. At the time, there were about 20 members, but they were soon joined by dozens of other stars of the wine industry, eventually reaching the current count of 750 members.The association’s aim was to promote the knowledge of wine and the culture that surrounds it, with the contribution of experiences and know-how from women committed to its mission, in different but complementary sectors. This all-encompassing approach was a forerunner to the evolution of the role played by women in the industry, and was highly innovative at the time.
Members of the association must have professional experience related to working in vineyards, wineries or in the supply chain that brings wine to the table. Women with backgrounds in production, restaurateurs, sommeliers and oenologists, as well as wine journalists, working for the press or as bloggers, and heads of advertising and marketing for wineries. The admission of this last category speaks volumes about the importance of communication in relation to the activities of Associazione Nazionale Le Donne del Vino.
These are the past Presidents who have held office since 1988
Seven presidents have been elected to lead Associazione Nazionale Le Donne del Vino: the first was Tuscan winemaker Elisabetta Tognana
List Past President
Adele Vallarino Gancia
Pia Donata Berlucchi