My name is Amy Bess Cook, and I'm a veteran of the wine industry. I want to bring greater social and economic power to women in wine, in Sonoma County and beyond. I want to do this by filling your wine glass--but first, I'll need your help. Are you in?
I love working in the wine business--the way it brings its me closer to the earth, to the seasons, and to my senses. I love the art of hospitality, how well-practiced kindness and generosity can be transformative. And I love the lessons of the winemaking itself--the way the unexpected always happens and proves that nothing is entirely within my control. Working in this business never fails to bring beauty.
So much of the beauty I've observed has been modeled by strong, capable women in wine. And that's why I am building a company that champions them.
Over the course of my twenty-year career (which also includes publishing, travel, and the arts) I, like so many others, have witnessed gender inequity and power abuse in professional settings. At some point, I began wondering: How would workplaces run differently if women were in charge? What problems could we avoid if women had more money and therefore more power? How can we make that happen?
One answer: Support woman-owned businesses. Bastion women in their careers and entrepreneurial endeavors. When women are stronger, all of society is stronger.
Woman-Owned Wineries celebrates and elevates female wine entrepreneurs in three main ways:
- ADVOCACY: We began our project with a simple yet effective web-based directory inviting folks to buy directly from women wine entrepreneurs. The list currently focuses on Sonoma County--but with your donations, we can expand this list to include wineries nationwide. (annual cost: approx. $10K. Includes personnel, web fees, and business fees.)
- STORYTELLING: The power of storytelling can change lives. With this in mind, Woman-Owned Wineries aims to share insights—including dreams and challenges, hopes and fears, and everything in between--from the lives of woman winery owners who might otherwise never fall onto your radar. (annual cost: approx. $10K. Includes personnel, web fees, transportation, and business fees.)
- WINE CLUB: In the interest of making it as easy as possible for you to access the wine of these women, we also aim to deliver their wine to your table. (Cost: approx. $30K. Includes personnel, partner fees, legal fees, licensing.)
While many professional organizations exist to support women in wine, Woman-Owned Wineries advocates for our industry's women in a distinct way by actually selling their wine! This is meant to put money directly into the pockets of hardworking women. This is a simple but profound form of empowerment.
Raise a glass and join us! Donate to support the project on this page, then join the club below.
JOIN THE CLUB
Our standard club offering is a monthly shipment that features one woman-owned winery. You'll choose from two or four bottles per month--or, go with our annual sampler. Quality standards will be high, as we seek wines that reflect ethical farming and production practices. As a way of supporting our local winegrowing community, we will initially focus on wineries from Sonoma County. Within the year, we will expand our partnerships to feature wines from across the nation.
Along the way, we'll share exclusive stories about these wineries that you won't read anywhere else. You'll also get special offers from each participating winery. This club is for those of you who want to try something new, and to put your money where your values lie.
We absolutely cannot wait to share these wines with you!