Women Winemakers Get Their Due


VANCOUVER — The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs recently gathered to celebrate women’s achievements in winemaking.  

The All About Wine Gala, held Feb. 21 at Vancouver’s Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, recognized the role of women in bolstering and growing the province’s vino industry, which saw sales of $194 million last year, The Vancouver Sun reports.

Sandra Oldfield, the co-owner and operator of the Oliver, B.C.-based Tinhorn Creek, told the Sun the industry is becoming more inclusive. “When I first got [to B.C.], I couldn’t think of one female viticulturalist. They were all men,” Oldfield told the newspaper. “It was very old school, old world. Some didn’t even like women working in the vineyards.”

The gala featured an appearance by Premier Gordon Campbell, a silent auction, live “vine-gnettes” of vino experts and a live taping of the Tasting Room radio show with Terry David Mulligan.


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