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The Sherry Girls

In recognition of women and their contribution to the world this International Women’s Day, let’s give a thought to the very many women involved in the world of wine.

Champagne alone had the legendary Veuve Clicquot, Lily Bollinger and Louise Pommery, but the Marco de Jerez has not lacked for heroines either and below are just some of the many famous names which have helped Sherry become great.

From the Past:  

Pilar Aranda: Highly skilled Almacenista, her bodega is now Álvaro Domecq in Jerez.

Viuda Harmony: Inherited and ran the Pedro X Harmony bodegas in El Puerto de Santa María.

Viuda Manjón: Produced Manzanilla El Rocío in Sanlúcar, her daughter Regla later ran the bodega.

Josefa Pérez Rosado: Almacenista in Jerez, her bodega is now Urium.

Aurora Ambrosy Lacave:  Ran the Pedro Romero bodega in Sanlúcar after Pedro’s  death.

The current “bodegueras” and winemakers: 

Pilar Pla Pechovierto & her daughter María del Carmen Borrego: Owners of Bodegas Maestro Sierra.

Ana Cabestrero Ortega: Oenologist at Bodegas Maestro Sierra.

Esperanza Páez Morilla: President Bodegas Páez Morilla which own Bodegas Dios Baco.

Maribel Estévez: Oenologist Grupo Estévez famous for her work on flor genome and histamines.

Paola Medina: Oenologist at Williams & Humbert, creator of the famous Vintage Fino.

Montserrat Molina: Oenologist at Barbadillo responsible for table wine, sparkling wine and Sherry.

Reyes Gómez: Technical director and oenologist at Sánchez Romate.

Rocío Ruiz: Oenologist/joint owner Bodegas Urium.

Carmen Pau: Commercial Director Bodegas Gutierrez Colosia.

Carmen Romero: Former oenologist and director for Aecovi.

Helena Rivero: President Bodegas Tradicion.

María Pilar García de Velasco: 8th generation owner of Bodegas La Cigarrera.

María Jiménez García: Owner Bodegas Blanca Reyes.

Isabel Lloret: Technique of the Sensory Analysis Laboratory of Jerez Control and Certification.

Victoria Frutos: Attached to technical management at Grupo Bodeguero José Estévez.

Mª Begoña de Amilibia: Manager of Bodega, technical and production area in Grupo Bodeguero José Estévez.

Rocío Ruiz, Oenologist/joint owner Bodegas Urium. 1 of 4
Reyes Gómez, Technical director and oenologist at Sánchez Romate. 2 of 4
Paola Medina, Oenologist at Williams & Humbert. 3 of 4
Pilar Pla Pechovierto, Owner of Bodegas Maestro Sierra. 4 of 4

The executives: 

Carmen Aumesquet: Promotional Director El Consejo Regulador Jerez-Xeres-Sherry 

Patricia de la Puerta: General Secretary Fedejerez 

Belén Roldán Vega: Promotions and Social Media Spain El Consejo Regulador Jerez-Xeres-Sherry and sensor of the OECCA Sensorial Analysis Laboratory.

Alejandra Páez: Commercial Director Bodegas Dios Baco  

Fátima Ruiz Lassaletta: Worked for Rumasa, Unión de Exportadores, now a writer

Vicky González Gordon: International marketing manager at González Byass

Marina García González:  International marketing González Byass and president of Sherry Women

Cristina Medina: Communication Director, Williams & Humbert

Silvia Hubner: Export Department of Bodegas Williams & Humbert.

Millie Swithinbank: Secretary to Don Guido and PR chief Williams & Humbert, British vice consul

Consuelo García Tubío: Wine Tourism Manager at Bodegas Williams & Humbert.

Marta Ferguson: Administration at Harveys ( Beam, now Bodegas Fundador)

Eugenia Herrera: Marketing and PR Director, Bodegas Fundador.

Esther Gutiérrez: Marketing Manager of Bodegas Barbadillo.

Rocío Benitez: PR and Enoturismo  Manager, Bodegas Fundador.

Rocío Verano: Director of the Sandeman Visitor Center.

Pilar Melero: Administration department,  Bodegas Garvey.

Jane Ward: Ex-director of export of Bodegas Lustau.

Angeline Bayley: Campaign Director Sherry Wines UK.

Chelsea Anthon: Founder of International Sherry Week, ESOES Director and manager of Sherry Wines International.

Yolando Bello: Auditor Jerez Control and Certification.

Fabiola García Perea: Legal Department Bodegas Fundador.

Teresa López: Administration manager of El Consejo Regulador de las Denominaciones de Jerez-Xérès-Sherry y Manzanilla-Sanlúcar de Barrameda.

Inmaculada Menacho: Sherry Academy Manager of El Consejo Regulador de las Denominaciones de Jerez-Xérès-Sherry y Manzanilla-Sanlúcar de Barrameda.

Esperanza Ramírez Páez: Export assistant in the Bodegas and in the Tonelería de Bodegas Páez Morilla.

Salve Mateos Pomar: Director of operations of Bodegas González Byass.

Beatriz Vergara: Director of Enoturismo.

Ana Rosa García: Records Department of El Consejo Regulador de las Denominaciones de Jerez-Xérès-Sherry y Manzanilla-Sanlúcar de Barrameda y  sensor of the Jerez Sensorial Analysis Laboratory, Control and Certification.

Virginia Aguilar: Records Department of El Consejo Regulador de las Denominaciones de Jerez-Xérès-Sherry y Manzanilla-Sanlúcar de Barrameda y  sensor of the Jerez Sensorial Analysis Laboratory, Control and Certification.

María José de la Torre: Wine Tourism Manager Díez Mérito.

Victoria Frutos: Enologist / Deputy technical direction, in Grupo Bodeguero José Estévez.

Begoña de Amilibia: Bodega Manager, en Grupo Bodeguero José Estévez.

Rut Coello: Quality manager, in Grupo Bodeguero José Estévez.

Mª de las Aguas García: Laboratory Manager, in Grupo Bodeguero José Estévez.

Beatriz Caballero: Laboratory technician, in Grupo Bodeguero José Estévez.

Jennifer Jurado: Laboratory technician, in Grupo Bodeguero José Estévez.

Raquel Barranco: Bodega technician, in Grupo Bodeguero José Estévez.

Lorena Carrascal: Quality technician, in Grupo Bodeguero José Estévez.

Mamen de Agar: Visits department Manager, in Grupo Bodeguero José Estévez.

Silvia Menacho: Export Department Coordinator, en Grupo Bodeguero José Estévez

Pilar García: Manager of Marketing and Public Relations Department of Exports, in Grupo Bodeguero José Estévez.

Mª del Carmen Martínez: National Marketing department, in Grupo Bodeguero José Estévez.

Lola Vega: Secretary of direction, in Grupo Bodeguero José Estévez.

Writers and Bloggers: 

Paz Ivison:  Journalist from Jerez and on Jerez

Talia Baiocchi: “A Modern Guide to Sherry”

Ana María Gómez: “La Manzanilla, Historia y Cultura”

Sophie Lignon-Darmaillac": “Les Grandes Maisons du Vignoble de Jerez (1834-1992)

Paula Maclean: Blogger "Jerez-Xeres-Sherry"

Helen Highley: Blogger "Criadera"  

Annie Bs Spanish Kitchen: Culinary classes with Sherry pairings

Ruth Amaya: Sherry Wines Ambassador, especially in Mexico. Founder of #sherryMX

The clubs: 

@SherryWomen founded by Sara Peñas & chums in Madrid now over 60 members: Carmen Fandiño Rodríguez, Cristina Tierno Conde, Beatriz García del Pino, Ana María Lahiguera Mena, Lola Nuñez Pinto, Carmen Garrobo Martinez, Guillermina Sánchez- Cerezo, Marina García González, Paloma Lombana, Alicia Gómez Moya, Ana Angelica Hdez Perez, Ana Sánchez Pavón, Ana Toribio, Andrea Alonso, Anna K. Granqvist, Antonia Muñoz, Belen Salvador, Belinda Muñoz, Carmen Ibáñez, Carmen Martínez Artola, Clara Guinot, Diana Cardó López, Diana Isabel Esteban, Emilia Santiago Montes, Ernestina Velasco, Esther Ramos, Federica Famoso, Gloria Carretero, Joanna Ciborowska, Juani Mari Vergara, Kasia Romaska, Laura Grani, Laura Vázquez Rajo, Leticia González Gámez, Lola Díaz, Lucía Álvarez Arnao, Luisa Piris Pinilla, Mª Concepción García González, Mª Dolores Sánchez Fernández, Mª Elena Retortillo, Mar Galván, Mar Sánchez Pavón, Margarita Fernández, María Giménez, María José Sánchez Barceló, Maribel Gómez, Marta Ximénez, Maty Galván, Mercedes Rodríguez Toro, Miriam González López, Montserrat Linares, Nicoleta Negrini, Noemi Martínez Cabero, Nuria España, Patricia Anyuzed Carvajal, Rosa Caballero, Rosana Leon, Sonia Bueno Gómez-Tejedo, Sonia Diego, Sonia Sanz, Sonia Vilavendrell Freixas, Covadonga Pérez Silva, Inmaculada Cañibano.

Asociación de Mujeres Amantes de la Cultura del Vino (AMAVI)  Virginia Miller organises visits tastings etc in the area.  

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Paula Maclean
Three generations of family connections in Cadiz gave me a healthy love of the important thing in life: Sherry.After 40 years in the wine trade, ten of them in Spain, I am beginning to understand its history, culture, variety, quality, value and versatility. So I am doing all I can to introduce others to its unequalled delights.
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Paula Maclean @soleravieja
08 March 2019
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