Celebrating Women in Wine | International Women's Day 2019
To mark International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March, we’re profiling some of the amazing women in wine that we work with.
Tamra grew up in Marlborough where she experienced the viticulture explosion and developed a deep love for wine. She started showing interest for wine at a very young age, spending her school holidays working in winery restaurants and vineyards. She then went to Lincoln University, where she studied Oenology and Viticulture.Her very first position after graduating was in the laboratory of Seresin Estate! She then worked all around the world, in Australia, the United-States, Italy, Tunisia… before returning home to Marlborough, as Head Winemaker at Yealands, and back to Seresin in 2018.
Her passion for wine comes with a deep sensitivity for the planet and a strong desire to create wines from organic and biodynamic grapes. Owner Michael Seresin is certain that with Tamra at the Estate, a New World winery with an Old World approach, her extensive and worldly experience will contribute greatly to the evolution of their wines.
At the foundation of Moss Wood's distinguished reputation is the meticulous approach of one of the most conscientious and hardest working people in wine we know. Clare Mugford came to Margaret River from a professional background starting in banking and then as a Registered Nurse and Royal Perth Hospital. And when she came to wine she mastered it all, while also raising four children. Every aspect of grape growing, winemaking and business at Moss Wood is ruled with a passionate exactness and a quest for excellence. We see this in the resulting wines vintage after vintage and in all aspects of our work with the winery. There is no compromise on quality, ever.
What also makes Clare a great partner of ours, is her genuine care and love for each and every Moss Wood drinker. Loyalty is at the core of the business.
In a mostly male-dominated wine industry, women like Clare with diligence, tireless work-ethic and strong values are invaluable leaders and role-models for both men and women.
RACHAEL CARTER & THE WOMEN AT SOHO
The women at SOHO are at the top of their game, creating a truly contemporary wine brand through their powerful creative and marketing savvy. Founder Rachael Carter shows us how today’s brands must embrace their passions and use their creativity to deliver strong messages about who you are. SOHO Wines do just that. They embody style and quality inspired by a love of fashion and design. And they use their creative skills to promote causes they care about.
Rachael and the mostly-female team at SOHO Wine have cleverly created a wine brand that is “not just another Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc”. They are bold, brave and have pushed boundaries in what can be an industry dominated by tradition and heritage. That’s girl power!
TRISH HORGAN & SIMONE FURLONG
This March, Leeuwin Estate celebrated its 35th annual concert as well as 50 years since the Horgan family purchased the property, then a cattle farm at the time. Leeuwin’s matriarch Trish Horgan and her daughter and now co-CEO Simone Furlong are driving forces of the success of this world-renowned winery. As the co-founder of Leeuwin Estate with her husband, and the former Managing Director of the company, Trish was a pioneer for the region, establishing one of the five founding wineries of Margaret River. During this time in the 1970s there was little infrastructure in the area and these early founders really were the visionaries of the region’s potential and trailblazers of the success that was to come. Today, Simone leads the business alongside her brother with a professionalism and commitment to great quality that continually builds on this path of great accomplishment.
The mentorship along the generations of women at Leeuwin continues today, with Simone’s daughter Lucy also now working in the family business. It’s a legacy of leadership, passion and skillful management by women who have always played as vital a role in company success as the men that stand alongside them.