Celebrating 10 Talented Women in Wine: Marina Cvetic From Italy's Masciarelli Winery

There may be a large gender divide in many workplaces, but in the realm of wine, women have been steadily rising to the top. Not only do female consumers outweigh that of men, the number of female winemakers and sommeliers continue to rise every year. There are probably countless reasons as to why women are reigning supreme on the vineyard, but we’ll leave reasoning to the 10 talented ladies we recently spoke with. From California to Italy, from winemakers to sommeliers, these women’s stories are funny, touching, kismet, and inspirational. Plus, their favorite wines make a pretty amazing shopping list.

What started as a small feature is now a full-sized series, so make sure to stay tuned to learn about each and every one of these 10 women in wine. Next up is Marina Cvetic, owner, winemaker and Operations Manager for Masciarelli Winery in San Martino, Chieti Abruzzo, Italy.

Born in Belgrade, Serbia in 1967, Marina Cvetic Masciarelli grew up in her grandfather’s small vineyard. As an adult, she lived in several different countries before moving to Italy in 1987 and meeting the legendary winemaker Gianni Masciarelli. Marrying a couple years later, the two forged an unbeatable wine-making partnership that birthed one of the Masciarelli Winery’s most prestigious varietals, the Marina Cvetic bottle. When Gianni passed away in 2008, Cvetic took over Masciarelli Winery as owner, winemaker, and Operations Manager. Cvetic has led the winery into a new age, increasing production from a couple thousand to well over one million bottles, establishing herself as a formidable force to be reckoned with. Striving to spread the word of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo all over the world, Cvetic has received many different awards over the years, including the title of “Businesswoman of the Year 2006” by Abruzzo Impresa magazine, “Woman of Wine and Life” from the Golosario of Paolo Massobrio, and the Merit Mention as “Grand Officer” of the Italian Republic in 2013.

Mila Pantovich

An avid traveler, Mila Pantovich splits her time between San Diego, CA and Banff, AB Canada. She has been working with JustLuxe as a writer and editor since 2012 and has been featured in several publications, including Huffington Post. Additionally, she works in content design at Intuit. Follow her travels on Instagram: @MilaPantovich ...(Read More)

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