Tragedy gave birth to International Women’s Day in 1908, and the world still has a loooong way to go until we reach universal equality for all genders. But this is not a political post, it is a post to celebrate women and wine.
There has been, lately, an undertone of mansplaining in the world of wine. And though there are blogs and magazines that dedicate pages and pages to women in wine, we still have to work twice as hard for the same recognition.
In Georgia, winemaking was considered to be “man’s work” and women played a participant role. The fact of the matter is, women have been involved in winemaking since it’s inception. The qvevri is shaped like a uterus, the whole process is a celebration of women’s bodies.
But as the millennia passed by, wine and the world become more male oriented. It is our history. From Earth to Sky.
I have already written extensively about women in Georgian wine, and you can follow links if you want to learn more. Women have made great strides in Georgian wine and so today, as I reflect on the female condition and my place in the world, I drink to the pioneers. Mandili was the first wine produced and sold commercially by women. It was founded in 2012 and the wines are beautiful. Mariam Iosebidze’s Tavkveri is a fun, fruit forward wine that can pair with just about anything.
From one company in 2012 there are now more and more women involved in natural wine in Georgia. It is truly an exciting time! And the wines speak for themselves.
Check out this article on Five Female Wine Producers in Georgia
Taste Georgia celebrates Women in Georgian Wine!