6 Women-Led Wine Startups You Need to Know

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Michèle Ouellet and Melinda Kearney, founders of Lorenza Wine CompanyThis mother-and-daughter team self-funded their own dream to create dry, real rosé, in California. Melinda is a wine business veteran and her daughter, Michèle, is an international supermodel (one of the few professions in which women outearn men). Their first vintage was released in 2008, back when consumers still needed to be educated, “that California rosé could be dry, delicious and worth drinking!” A small operation, Lorenza grapes come from old vines in Lodi, completely own-rooted and head trained. This lends more concentration and substance to the final blend, an homage to Domaine Tempier, the iconic estate favored by any sommelier worth their salt. Even when the pink boom happened a few years ago and they watched other brands blow up, they remained steady and slow, taking a long-term approach. “We want to be around for a while, not a flash in the pan,” according to the duo. This summer they are launching a subscription wine club and continuing a “love affair with bubbles.”

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