Celebrating International Women's Day & Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month - a time when we take a moment to celebrate the vital roles women have played in American history and beyond.
As a majority woman-owned business, this is especially significant to us where a low percentage of women work in the wine industry. These women are still considered trailblazers, which would include our co-founder and executive winemaker, Janis Akuna, as well as our partner and COO, Jenae Plasse.
In 2020, Women Winemakers reported that out of 4,200 bonded wineries in California, only 14 percent had a woman as their lead winemaker.
Janis recently spoke about the low percentage of female vintners and the honest challenges she faces as a winemaker.
Does she believe there’s issues the industry needs to address? Absolutely, and it’s only starting to gain momentum.
Still, the increasing number of aspiring female vintners or those seeking management roles, show there is change on the horizon. An industry that will one day be more diversified and inclusive, thanks to trailblazers like Janis and Jenae.
Andis Wines wouldn’t be what it is today without them and we thank them for all that they do.