Today, Friday 8th March is International Women’s Day.
To celebrate, we are highlighting two of our favourite incredibly talented female winemakers and grape growers that we are lucky enough to work with.
Below is two of the most influential female winemakers that are turning out some incredible wines at the moment.
Marta Pedra – an awe-inspiring winemaker and wife of Josep Pedra – owners of Vins de Pedra, Conca de Barbera – Spain. Winemaking runs in Marta’s blood – her great-grandfather was a much-revered oenologist from Tarragona – it lay dormant for several generations until it finally awoke in her. So having always grown up around vines Marta took it upon herself to go and study oenology working in a number of small wineries in the region before realising her own dream.
Her tiny winery lies between maritime and continental climates, with calcareous soils and in and amongst many micro-climates. And the wine labels are all designed by Victor Pedra, a well-known artist and sculptor, who just happens to be her Godfather. Look out for labels on Pull The Cork that have the symbols below on them – and you’ll know you’re on-to the right track!
Photo courtesy of Rachel Signer
Agnes Lovecka is one of my favourite winemakers of 2019, her winery Slobodne produces some seriously wacky yet delicious wine!! It was thanks to an old box of paperwork, stashed away under a staircase, that Agnes Lovecka, along with her sister, Katarina Kuropkova, and her husband, Miso Kuropka, were able to reclaim their family’s land so that Slobodné could ride the ever-cresting wave of natural wine in Central Europe.
The grapes come from the Hlohovec wine region, and they practice beekeeping in the parcels and encourage a wide amount of biodiversity around the vineyards – which is another reason why we love them so much!! You can find their wines on Pull The Cork; Eggstasy of Wine Alpinist which is 100% Riesling at 12% abv with a production of just 1,200 bottles. The story behind the name is loosely based on a quote by Reinhold Messner, the idea that making wine with no SO2 always involves risk, like climbing Everest without O2. The Rebela Rosa which is Blaufrankish and Cabernet Sauvignon at 13% abv with a total production of 1,800 bottles. Rebela Rosa’ is a tribute to Miso’s favourite cycling race, the Giro d’Italia. The leader of the race wears the ‘maglia rosa,’ or pink jersey. Go check them out!!