This Woman Winemaker Is Kicking Ass In A Male-Dominated Industry
Repeat after me: Dream. Job.
The world of wine can feel a lot like a boys club.
But there are some women who are playing huge roles in this overwhelmingly male industry.
And one of them is Ana Diogo Draper, the director of winemaking at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley, California.
She's a Portugese-born, California-trained winemaker and mom of two young boys.
What was your first introduction to the wine world — and what made you want to be a winemaker?
Ana Diogo Draper: I grew up in Portugal, where I was surrounded by wine culture. My family had friends who made wine at home, and every year, we helped pick and crush their grapes. I always loved that experience, and I knew I wanted to eventually do something related to agriculture. But I wasn’t sure what.
While studying agriculture engineering [in college], I had a classic aha moment. I took a winemaking class with a professor — who was a really talented and inspiring winemaker — and was immediately hooked. I was taken by the thought process that goes into making wine and all the creativity that exists within it.
Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.