Casto Prime Donne is the first Italian winery run by women

A typical landscape in the Val d'Orcia close to the Tuscan town of Montalcino in central Italy, September 22, 2004. The famous Brunello di Montalcino wine is produced from grapes grown at vineyards in the area. REUTERS/Max Rossi MR/SN - RTRBJ59

For centuries, the practice of winemaking in Italy has been dominated by men. But Donatella Cinelli Colombini, owner of the Casato Prime Donne winery in Tuscany, is looking to upset the status quo. The Guardian reports that Cinelli Colombini exclusively employs women, who make the vineyard’s famous Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino wines.

Cinelli Colombini inherited Casato Prime Donne from her mother in 1990, and promptly sought to hire staff from an œnology school in Siena. “They told me that I’d need to wait months to have a good student,” Cinelli Colombini said. “But when I said I wanted a female student, they said that there were lots, because no winery wanted them.” She then decided to establish an all-female winery in order to “demonstrate that the discrimination was not justified nor useful.” And Cinelli Colombini appears to have been right: Casato Prime Donne’s wine is now sold around the world and the winery itself has become a tourist destination, offering tours, tastings, and wine-making sessions.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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