Sip the finest vino in the world’s best women-led wineries.
Uco Valley, Argentina
Willamette Valley, Oregon
This 150-mile long valley in the Pacific Northwest is known primarily for one thing—it’s production of downright delicious cold-climate pinot noirs. During a visit, opt for a stay at the cozy Atticus Hotel, a 36-room luxury boutique property co-owned by entrepreneur Erin Stephenson. Not only does the property have a bunkhouse suite perfect for girlfriend getaways, it’s also a short stroll from convivial café Community Plate co-owned by Courtney Cunningham (the buttermilk pancakes and biscuits and gravy are not to be missed) and Thistle, a fine-dining outpost by Emily Howard that celebrates the seasonal bounty produced by Willamette’s farmers and ranchers.
While the valley has around 200 top-notch wineries, narrow down your tastings to vineyards where female vintners lead production, including Chehalem, where Katie Santora crafts an elegant pinot noir rosé; Remy Wines, for Remy Drabkin’s line of Italian wines with lagrein and dolcetto grapes; Stoller Family Estate, where Kate Payne-Brown bottles a chardonnay with notes of baked apple and ginger; Yamhill Valley Vineyards, where Ariel Eberle specializes in pinot blanc and riesling; and Matzinger Davies Wine Co., where Anna Matzinger bottles pinot noir and chardonnay.
Tamar Valley, Tasmania
With its temperate climate offering mild summers and long autumnal days, the island state of Tasmania is quickly staking its claim as Australia’s most exciting wine-growing area. With similar terroir as Champagne in northeast France, the island’s grapes ripen slowly on the vine, lending to its production of some of the world’s most elegant bubbly. During a visit, head to the island’s northern bounds for a stay at women-owned Stillwater Seven in Launceston, an 1830s flour mill converted into a sleek 7-room boutique hotel offering views of the Tamar Valley’s farms and vineyards. It’s the perfect base to visit wineries like Holm Oak Vineyards, where winemaker Rebecca Duffy produces silky pinot noirs and pear-and-jasmine noted pinot gris.
When lunch calls, head to Tasmanian Food and Wine Conservatory, a converted greenhouse by mother-daughter duo Vonda and Brielle Mason. At this food emporium, select charcuterie spreads with jams, chutneys, cheeses, and meats by Tasmania’s top purveyors. Complement your meal a bubbly glass of rosé by Bellebonne, a label produced in Pipers River by winemaker Natalie Fryar, oft-considered the best and most respected sparkling winemakers in Australia.
Douro Valley, Portugal
Set in northern Portugal around 90 minutes east of Porto, the Douro Valley is the country’s preeminent wine-growing region and the famous origin point of Port, a fortified wine produced from distilled grape spirits and often enjoyed as an end-of-meal aperitif over decadent cheeses and chocolates. With its acclaim as one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world, boutique travel company Wild Terrains by founder Lauren Bates is shaking things up by hosting curated group trips for women that support female entrepreneurs in Douro and beyond. Travelers are privy to luxe guest rooms at Duas Portas Townhouse in Porto, owned by Luísa Souto Moura and Francisca Penha, and afternoon meals in the town’s top women-owned restaurants: tapas bar Tapabento and café and healthy eatery Early.
From Porto, the Douro Valley is easily accessible where an experience at Wine & Soul by Sandra Tavares and her husband Jorge Serôdio Borges awaits. Travelers spend a full-day learning the winemaking ropes with Tavares, exploring her vineyard and tasting her line of wines—from pure vintage Port to grapefruit-noted white wine aged in French oak barrels—before partaking in a blending workshop to bottle their own wine.
Okanagan Valley, Canada