I first started talking to people about the idea of #winementor in 2018, as I started to realise what a challenge I had taken on and how much I had learned that someone else might benefit from. But never has it become more poignant to reach out to offer people the option to follow a dream, than after the crazy turbulent year of 2020. So if you are a woman on your own and want to follow the vineyard dream, then get in touch and explore the possibility.
The 5-year journey from property visits to a leading critic’s validation of my first full vintage, followed by a silver medal (very proud moment) has involved countless conversations, many, many decisions, several spread sheets, a number of rethinks and a few 4am “what am I doing?” (expletives deleted). And then the challenge of selling the wine!
Being a woman going it alone and being responsible for everything from financing to naming the Château can be very daunting and I have been very lucky to meet some fantastic people along the way. Some things I might have done differently, while many more I wish I had known about up front because it would have saved me time and money.
Dreaming of your own vineyard?
IF YOU ARE A WOMAN LOOKING TO GO IT ALONE, GET IN TOUCH
WHERE TO START
As I meet and chat to people about this journey, so often I am told: “That was brave, I would love to do that but I wouldn’t know where to start.” So, I am offering any woman who is thinking of turning a wine passion into a reality:
a weekend to stay here at Chateau George 7 to talk through your project in depth;
help with the business elements eg cashflow, forecasting, listing capex needs, admin and marketing;
ongoing skype/zoom discussions through various stages;
All adapted to the individual or her project.