Celebrating Women in Wine

Choose to Challenge


Women play an increasingly influential role in the world of wine today – but they’re not done yet. This year, in celebration of International Women’s Day, Wine Enthusiast partnered with Campo Viejo to hear from women in the wine industry on what this year’s theme of #ChooseToChallenge means to them.

Campo Viejo is a women-led winery committed to innovation and sustainable winemaking. The 3 female winemakers of Campo Viejo passionately craft contemporary expressions for every palate. Blending traditional and progressive wine making methods, Campo Viejo wines express the vibrancy and color of modern-day Spain and the women behind the wines are making a wave in the wine industry.

Join us in celebrating Campo Viejo and all of the inspiring and powerful female wine professionals who challenge gender bias and inequality. Meet some women from the wine world below and listen to how they pledge to #ChooseToChallenge!


Elena Adell, Chief Winemaker at Bodegas Campo Viejo

“I had to prove my worth, as well as everyone had to do, both men and women, but it is true that I had to prove it more often than my male colleagues.”


Desiree Harrison-Brown, Wine Ambassador at Pernod Ricard Winemakers

“To me, choose to challenge means changing the status quo, and reframing the image of what a wine professional looks like.”


Elise Cordell, National Ambassador for Perrier-Jouet and GH Mumm Champagnes

“I’ve been very fortunate to have very key female leaders within my life who have really shown me that its about the diversity of voice within this industry.”


Lauren King, Wine Brand Ambassador at Pernod Ricard Winemakers

“I choose to challenge the idea that [the wine industry] is male dominated and that it is hard for women to get into the industry.”


Susan Kostrzewa, Editor-in-Chief at Wine Enthusiast Magazine

“I would really like to help build better communities for women in our industry.”


Lauren Buzzeo, Managing Editor at Wine Enthusiast Magazine

“To me, choose to challenge incorporates trying to pay closer attention and really diving into the stories and elements of all wine production avenues.”


Devin Parr, Founder and Managing Partner at Devin Parr & Associates

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“When was the last time you were brand new at something? That is what choose to challenge means to me.”


Wine Enthusiast employees did not receive compensation for participation in this program.


Published on March 4, 2021
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