Women Wine Leaders

ENABLING WOMEN OF PURPOSE

In Pursuit of a Great Global Women Wine Community

"A woman is a full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture, and transform... "- Diane Mariechild

The WINERY STAR Certificate of Excellence Award is particularly meaningful because it represents the voice of Wine Leaders. This accomplishment speaks to the high standards, the passion and dedication of your winery in making great wines. Wine Leaders award their favorite wines and winemakers so that wineries can amplify their story around the world and grow their success in a meaningful way. 

The WIA Winery Star Guide is a celebration of wine people, places, and experiences that make the world worth exploring. Discovering great wines and wineries is not what we do, it is who we are. We aim to reward excellence in the wine industry worldwide, ensuring recognition for the very best wines and wineries. 

The Winery Star Guide was created to inspire the global wine community to explore further. It’s a community where uniqueness and passion for wine is celebrated and everyone is rewarded by the experiences collected along the way.

The pandemic has presented overwhelming challenges. We have been inspired by the resilience and bravery of so many great wineries that have continued to make superior wines. We are proud to honor wineries  with The WINERY STAR Certificate of Excellence Award, an international wine community prestigious endorsement.

Connecting wine influencers, sommeliers, experts and more with their distinguished wineries anywhere in the world. Experience wine & wine destinations through the insider expertise of our Wine Leaders whose passion for wine has been cultivated with fun & dedication. 

WIA WOMEN AMBASSADORS

Wine is a passion
Wine is a journey
Wine is an encounter

From vineyard to glass wine is a poetry written in taste. Each wine is a unique experience, and needs an ambassador to share it with the world. Wine Ambassador is a lifestyle, an adventure that begins with wine and continues with people. Let’s build the world’s largest and finest wine community together. Join Us!

WIA Ambassadors

Francisca Marzá WIA Ambassador Chile   Francisca Marzá discovered her vocation for wine in 2014. Graduated in Business Administration of the Wine Industry and a post degree in Chilean Wine at the Catholic University of Chile and additional studies as a sommelier at the Wine Institute. Content creator, communicator, and wine taster for…

Christina Nikiticheva WIA Ambassador Russia Christina Nikiticheva is a certified wine specialist. Wine has been her passion for a long time, and in 2017 she decided to make it a profession. She is a WSET level 3 advanced sommelier with merit. She attended the WineQ school and the Moscow Academy…

 Mary John WIA Ambassador Australia Mary John, the face behind @perthwinegirl, is a wine enthusiast from Perth, Australia, who loves sharing simple, fun and inclusive forms of wine communication outside the box. She is a Latin American Aussie with local and international experience traveling to many wine regions and writing…

 Laura Donadoni WIA Ambassador Italy & USA Hailing from Bergamo, Italy, Laura was born and bred on classic Italian wine and creative cuisine. She is a certified professional journalist and editor with a summa cum laude PhD in Communication Sciences, a professional speaker, a certified Sommelier with merit with the…

Francesca  Piemontese WIA Ambassador Italy Francesca Piemontese is an Italian living in France (Cannes) since 2015. She is a sommelier with the diploma Sommelier Caviste Ambassador in Gastronomie and diploma Sommelier Coach one. She is also a top wine-influencer on Instagram and TikTok. . Francesca’s life is divided between the…

 Michelle Carlín WIA Ambassador Mexico Wine Educator Michelle Carlín is a Wine Writer and Wine Content Creator for Social Media. She is an IWC Mexico Ambassador, Judge at Global Wine El Conocedor Magazine, Board Member and Member of the Mexican Sommelier Association, Sommelier at DO Ribera del Duero and Wine…

Susan R Lin WIA Ambassador USA Susan is a Master of Wine, her joy is to create memorable experiences through wine and the performing arts. Susan is the Head of Wine Expertise for online fine wine retailer Belmont Wine Exchange in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she collaborates with…

 Judith Ramírez WIA Ambassador Chile Judith is a sommelier expert in Wine Tourism. She is a communicator and professor of Chilean wine giving classes to Chilean and foreign students with her own teaching methodology called: “̈Sensorial Wine Workshop ̈ with the goal to show the art of pairing wine in…

Simona Geri WIA Ambassador Italy Simona Geri lives in Tuscany, near Bolgheri. She is a Sommelier and founder of “The Winesetter.” She is a judge for wine competitions and also a content creator, wine communicator and wine taster. Simona collaborates with wineries, press offices, wine events as a media partner.…

Isis Daniel WIA Ambassador USA Isis Daniel, known as The Millennial Somm (TMS), is a certified Level 3, with Merit, Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) sommelier from Washington, DC. While dedicating 5 years to the Hospitality Industry, she fell in love with wine and decided to refocus her career.…

Elisa Fiore Gubellini WIA Ambassador Italy Elisa was born in Turin (Piedmont), vintage 1985, Sommelier and, first of all, passionate wine lover. She started her career in the wine business in 2015 working as a fine wine merchant in a very famous Italian Company. . From 2018 Elisa runs Wine…

 Fabiana Aguinsky    WIA Ambassador    Brazil Fabiana Aguinsky is a wife and mother of two daughters, born in Uruguay, but residing in Brazil since 2002. She currently lives in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul and is one of the most experienced wine professionals in the country. In addition to working with…

Olga Sofia Schiaffino WIA Ambassador Italy Olga was elected the Best Sommelier of Liguria and received the WSET level 3. Her story with wine started in 2011 when she enrolled in a course to become a sommelier, because she wanted to understand what was in her glass: she is curious…

 Mariana Gil Juncal WIA Ambassador Argentina Mariana Gil Juncal is a Spaniard born in Argentina who lives in Buenos Aires, the daughter of a Galician father and a Buenos Aires mother. She is a specialist in social communication, journalist, and Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers. . For…

Karen Kraakevik WIA Ambassador USA Karen, AKA The Napa Cowgirl, is a 5th generation rancher from Oklahoma bringing a mix of wine & country together that offers a relaxed western vibe into wine. She truly believes wine should be enjoyable for any lifestyle. . Karen is a wine representative helping…

Lea Gatinois WIA Ambassador France Lea Gatinois is a 28 years old wine entrepreneur. She grew up in Bordeaux and moved to Switzerland at 18 to complete a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne. After working for two years in marketing for a retailer company…

 Zelda Molenaar    WIA Ambassador Netherlands Zelda’s goal is to share the knowledge and joy of wine. Connect beautiful stories to beautiful wines. After working in the restaurant business for 10 years, she wanted to share her passion and knowledge with the world. In this day and age, we can…

 Kristy Wenz WIA Ambassador USA Kristy Wenz is a wine and travel writer, educator, and communicator currently based in Chicago. She holds a Level 3 certification from the Wines & Spirits Education Trust. Kristy combines her communications skills with her passion and expertise for wine, travel and culture. She focuses…

 Martha Cisneros WIA Ambassador USA Martha Cisneros is the Wine Blogger, Content Creator, and Sommelier in the works behind WineDivaa.com. She earned her nickname ‘WineDivaa’ in College, where her friends used to ask for wine recommendations. She graduated from Tec de Monterrey, one of only 45 universities in the World…

Elisa Nardi WIA Ambassador Italy Elisa Nardi is a sommelier and daughter of the wine producer Tenute Silvio Nardi Montalcino. She is an expert in wine marketing and a brand ambassador. Her passion for wine began a few years ago when she visited il Carapace in Montefalco (Umbria). . Elisa…

Kirsty Woodgate WIA Ambassador UK Kirsty Woodgate DipWSET is a wine expert and communications professional from England, UK. She works as a Wine Writer, Wine Judge and Content Creator, and regularly hosts interactive wine tastings in her home county. . Wine ties together her passions, skills, qualifications and abilities. Her…

 Micaela Lopez  WIA Ambassador Argentina & Uruguay Micaela Lopez is 29 years old, she was born in Argentina and lives in Uruguay. She is the country manager in Uruguay for an Argentina company that produces, markets and imports prestigious wineries from around the world. Micaela is currently studying for a career…

 Paige Comrie WIA Ambassador USA Paige Comrie is a wine photographer & writer based in the heart of American wine country… Napa. Her mission is to connect wine lovers with great wines from across the world through her blog & Instagram @winewithpaige. As a believer in everyday magic, her selections…

Mariella Sánchez WIA Ambassador Peru Mariella is a wine enthusiast. Her love for wine (possibly) began with small wine tastings that she did at College while she was studying to become a Food and Beverage specialist, where every aroma and flavor of red fruits and cherries on Cabernet passed unnoticed…

 Marisol de la Fuente WIA Ambassador Argentina Marisol de la Fuente is an International Sommelier of the EAS graduated from the Argentine School of Sommeliers and Bartender at the International Center for Cocktail bar. She communicates about the world of wine and drinks with the aim of bringing it closer…

Vanessa Fabiani WIA Ambassador Italy Vanessa Fabiani is a wine content creator for social media. She is a certified international sommelier, member of the Italian Sommelier Association and official certified technical wine taster. She lives in Rome and she loves Italian wine such as Barolo and Barbera and especially Sicilian…

Renée Sferrazza WIA Ambassador Canada Renée Sferrazza has dedicated her life to grapes. As a Court of the Master Sommeliers Certified Sommelier, she has made wine her life’s work, and her entrepreneurial spirit has driven her to be a curator of wine experiences. In her work as a Wine Communicator,…

 Veronica Accossato WIA Ambassador France & Italy Veronica Accossato is a 26 years-old sommelier and wine enthusiast from Piedmont, Italy. She graduated in linguistic mediation before starting the AIS (Italian Sommeliers Association), where she obtained the 2nd level. At that time Veronica was working at the Michelin starred restaurant Combal.Zero…

Emma Brajkovic WIA Ambassador Spain Emma Brajkovic’s first introduction to the world of wine, was when she was a child, through the eyes of her parents, who owned and managed a restaurant in Paris specialized in Wines and Champagnes. She was regularly attending wine auctions at l’Hôtel Drouot while her…

Nello Gatti WIA Ambassador Italy Nello Gatti is a multilingual wine professional with an in-depth knowledge of the hospitality and marketing sectors. Even if he doesn’t come from a family of wine enthusiasts, along his path he developed an unparalleled level of communication awareness thanks to his proven history at…

 Joanna Vallejo WIA Ambassador Mexico Joanna Vallejo is 36 year old sommelier from Mexico who describes herself as a Non Uniform Sommelier. Proud Mexican from a Small town called Uruapan Michoacán, where the food culture is really deep and old. With family inheritance of four generations in the avocado business,…

 Anastasia Palferova WIA Ambassador Russia Anastasia is a 34-year-old Russian wine lover, sommelier and blogger living in Moscow. Before she got the wine bug 5 years ago, Anastasia was successfully making her career in strategic consulting and banking. At that time, she travelled a lot to Italy, Spain, Germany and…

Han Lian WIA Ambassador UK Han Lian is a wine enthusiast from the UK. Going back in history for a moment, Han once didn’t mind drinking  low quality wine when she was a student. However, after her first trip to France with her now partner from Burgundy, she felt the…

Bubbles Hyland WIA Ambassador South Africa Bubbles Hyland was destined for the wine industry with the nickname she was given from birth!  British born but now living in Cape Town for the past 17 years she has become an avid ambassador  of South African wine.  She formed Well Red Wine…

Alexia Hupin WIA Ambassador France Alexia Hupin DipWSET is a French wine educator, blogger, community manager and copywriter living in Provence, the land of rosé. She has always been passionate about wine, memorizing regions and appellations during family gatherings. She worked in hospitality events for 5 years but she decided…

Certificate Of Excellence

The Winery Star Certificate is an award of excellence for wineries around the world. The certificate is issued for quality and expertise in the wine industry and is a great and valuable asset for wineries.

It is awarded to wineries that have been recommended by Wine Leaders around the world. It gives a boost in the level of credibility in the global wine community and it is a great way to strengthen the winery image.

Buyers, distributors, business partners and even travelers are more eager to contact awarded wineries to buy their wines and visit the winery. 

The certificate displays wineries name and relevant year, it can be shared on website, social media or used for promotional purposes. It is also possible to receive the framed version by post. 

Contact us to find out how you can qualify today!

Awarded By
Wine Leaders

Wine Leaders award wineries that make their most favorite wines and that are worth exploring

Winery Star Guide

Our 3 Pillars

The connections we make and the awareness we gain from each wine experience is born out of our nature and desire to evolve as individuals.

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CONNECT

Bringing together people and businesses in the wine community globally. We provide a quality winery guide that helps and promotes connections and growth in the wine industry.

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QUALITY

Recognition from WIA and Wine Leaders enhance the credibility that is an essential indicator of quality. It can help to ensure additional exposure and enhance brand esteem as well.

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GLOBAL

The Wine International Association aims to play a constructive role in further developing networking and commerce in the wine sector around the world.

For Wineries

For Wine Leaders

Benefits For Wineries

Certificate Of Excellence

Quality &
Credibility

Wine Influencers Connection

Personalised
Web Profile

International
Exposure

Business Wine Community

Star Categories

For Wine Leaders

Winery Star Process

Additional Advantages

Star Winery Guide Page

Company profile – space to provide information and details about a winery. Each winery will receive a web page to display its images, write-up as well as contact and social media details.

Press Release Template

Templates to communicate about the achievements. Wineries can use our press template to create their own press release and send it to distributors, importers, retailers, and end consumers.

International Exposure
Via World Wine Expo

Awarded wineries will be announced to high-profile buyers in distribution, retail stores, bars and restaurants via World Wine Expo. These buyers are on the lookout to add new wines to their profiles, menus and portfolios.

Global Business
Wine Community

We believe in the power of community. We are a community – of artisan winemakers, sommeliers and wine lovers – who share information, support and help each other.

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