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A Wine Women Welcome on August 3rd at Gloria Ferrer


Sonoma, California | July 14, 2016: WINE WOMEN, a new, nonprofit professional trade organization focused on advancing women’s careers in the wine industry by fostering and nurturing talent, providing networking and training opportunities, as well as advocating for better opportunities for women in this industry, will host “A Wine Women Welcome” on Wednesday, August 3rd, at Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards in Sonoma, at 5:30 p.m. The event is open to women and men in the wine industry as well as those working in related industries.

Gloria Ferrer Terrace


The event is open to members and non-members alike. Advance registration is required. Details and tickets at A Wine Women Welcome. Guests will enjoy the award-winning wines of Gloria Ferrer (over 400 gold medals and thirty outstanding 90+ ratings in the last five years), network with new colleagues, and learn about the new organization!

The evening’s festivities include the reception and an introduction to this new nonprofit trade organization, including its member forums. Guests will learn how WINE WOMEN can benefit their careers in the wine industry; find out what members-only benefits may save them $1,000’s per year; get professional networking tips to forge relationships that benefit the bottom line; and support a grassroots organization that advocates to close the gender pay gap in their own lifetime.


WINE WOMEN Forums are career development tools for women (and men) in the wine industry. Each forum is profession- or topic-driven, such as finance and accounting, human resources, winemaking, marketing, and other facets of the business. Additional forums are in the planning stages for other peer groups, such as management and operations. Eligibility to join a forum is established by each forum’s membership. Forums are open to both women and men (unless otherwise stated).

“We have had great success in this first half of the year with WINE WOMEN,” stated Linda Higueras, chair of the Founding Human Resources Forum and chair of the Forums Advisory Council. “I attended WINE WOMEN’s formal launch celebration in June and am delighted to assist the other six forums get underway with this new trade group,” she explained. “We have numerous tools to aid forum chairs in launching and managing their groups so that each meeting can be the most productive and fruitful for members.”



WINE WOMEN’s mission is “To champion the advancement of women’s careers in the wine industry by building strong relationships, essential business skills and leadership among members.” At the core of the new 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional organization’s activities are programs focused on providing the tools, guidance and creativity for members to attain industry prominence.

WINE WOMEN president Christine L. Mueller summed up the launch of the new organization, “It’s exciting, but it’s also daunting. We would not have undertaken such an enormous challenge to launch a new organization geared towards advancing women’s careers in the wine industry if we did not already have the strong support from a number of industry leaders and members. Their support and encouragement has been vital in inspiring us to take the leap to build this new organization.”


Membership Director, Ellen Reich Luchtel, outlined WINE WOMEN’s membership offering: “Because our new organization is focused on professionals working in and around the wine industry, we’ve developed our benefits solely around their needs to accelerate and advance their careers.” She continued, “That begins with the opportunity to participate in WINE WOMEN’s peer group forums as well as to attend events at discounted rates. We encourage both women and men, of legal drinking age, to join the organization if this is part of their objectives for their careers. In addition, we offer a host of benefits to raise our individual members’ profiles within the industry to build strong, lasting relationships that lead to career advancement.”

Ms. Luchtel further explained other membership levels to dovetail with the offerings of Individual Membership: “These days we have large companies with hundreds of employees working at many wineries under their ownership. Our Corporate Membership is geared to take advantage of these corporate structures with volume buying power. In essence, our Corporate Membership offers all the benefits of Individual Membership, plus discounts on the individual membership for multiple employees. From as few as two to twenty or more employees, we offer tiered discount levels to match the corporation’s number of employees who become members in our organization. Corporate Membership also provides the benefits of brand building and exposure by offering opportunities to sponsor programs and events as well as speak directly to our individual members.” Additional membership types are also available.

To celebrate its launch, WINE WOMEN is offering a substantial savings on charter membership through September. Details about membership can be found on their website: WineWomen.net/Join.

For more information about WINE WOMEN, visit: http://winewomen.net/about/ or call 707.996.8740. Visit WINE WOMEN’s website at WineWomen.net, or their Facebook page, WineWomenOrg, or find them on Twitter @WineWomenOrg. For membership information, email Ellen Reich Luchtel, Membership Director, at [email protected]. For complete details on their events calendar, visit: WineWomen.net/Events-List.

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