5 Women Owned Wineries and Female Winemakers To Support Right Now on Cellar Angels

On March 8th, International Women’s Day, we celebrate the fine Women of Wine. In a male dominated wine industry, Cellar Angels often features women-owned wineries and female winemakers, elevating their career accomplishments and premium Napa and Sonoma artisan wines.

While this is not a full list, below are five women winemakers to support with your wine purchase in 2022. These women are not afraid of getting dirt under their nails, purple-stains on their hands and grape guts on their clothes. And they just happen to make exceptional limited production wines.

We admire their passion, dedication and hard work. So, today we celebrate them.

Winemaker Cindy Cosco
Passaggio Wines

Following a 15-year career in Law Enforcement in Northern Virginia, Cindy Cosco moved to California to pursue her deep-rooted passion for winemaking in 2004. For the following three years, Cindy studied enology at Napa Valley College while she gained industry experience working wine retail, which led her to a full time position as Wine Chemist at Chateau St Jean. She decided it was time to make her own wine in 2007, where she partnered with custom crush facility, Crushpad. It was here she first launched Passaggio Wines with a mere 50 cases of Unoaked Chardonnay. Hired on as Winemaker at Crushpad in 2010, Cindy ran their white wine program through 2012, then parted ways to focus solely on building Passaggio Wines. You can now experience her very boutique collection – she makes only 1,700 cases each year – in beautiful downtown Sonoma.

Learn more about her small, woman-owned Napa Valley winery, Passaggio Wines.

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Proprietress Allie Ketcham
Ketcham Estate

Proprietress Allie Ketcham is very proud to run Ketcham Estate with the help of women, including Winemaker Tami Collins and Director of Happiness Renne Graves (left).

Tami has a B.S. degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and she has completed the coursework at the University of California, Davis in Wine Chemistry, Winegrape Production, and Sensory Evaluation. She has more than 10 years of experience making wine in Sonoma and Mendocino counties using super- and ultra-premium grapes. She was assistant winemaker for six years at Blackstone Winery where she learned the art of blending from award-winning winemaker Dennis Hill. Other experiences include working at Leasingham Winery in Australia and Dunnewood in Ukiah, CA.

Learn more about the woman-owned winery, Ketcham Estate where Tami is a winemaker now.

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Winemaker Elaine Sale
Elaine Wines

Elaine Sale offers award-winning, hand crafted, single-vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from a Micro-Winery in the Heart of the Russian River Valley.

While new to the winemaking world, Elaine’s wines have already garnered many awards and the following of many wine enthusiasts. Her efforts and determination have helped her win many awards and recognition from critics, including from the Sunset International Wine Competition – which gets more than 3,000 wines submitted. 

Learn more about her small, woman-owned Napa Valley winery, Elaine Wines.

woman winemaker standing by a bin of grapes

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Winemaker Jackie Van Sant-Downes
Jaclynn Renée Wines

Inspired by her aunt, a wine bar owner in Texas, Jaclynn took only three days after her graduation from Texas Tech, then immediately headed to Sonoma for her first wine internship in 2007. She quickly realized she was quite good at manual labor and figured out the first week that she wanted to do it forever. Jaclynn’s passion for wine, winemaking and her family is absolutely infectious. And her selection in vineyard sources has yielded some amazing results. 

Learn more about her boutique woman-owned winery Jaclynn Renée Wines.

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Winemaker Laura Barrett
Clif Family Wines

Laura Barrett brings her passion for wine, a life-long love of science and attention to detail to winemaking at Clif Family. Inspired by her first harvest in New Zealand, Laura received a Masters in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis and trained under some of Napa Valley’s most celebrated winemakers. With a vineyard-driven approach and a focus on organic farming, Laura is enthusiastic about working to create balanced and elegant wines.

Learn more about Clif Family Winery.

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