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.
HOW I COULD HELP
A career in business and marketing in various industries has given me a good grounding on how to approach the business side.
Acquiring the WSET diploma has ensured I have a broad understanding of the wine industry. Becoming an accredited tutor of the Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux has given me insight into how a leading wine region is positioning itself for the future and sees the consumer.
And washing down the winery floor, pressing grapes with my feet, deleafing the vines, turning heavy 500 litre barrels and dealing with French customs has given me invaluable insight into the reality of your own vineyard.
" This dream was turned into a reality with hard work, tears, many laughs and the help of many wonderful friends along the way ."
Watch the video to find out more about Chateau George 7, the history behind the wine and harvesting. Presented by Sally.
GET IN TOUCH TO TALK ABOUT YOUR VINEYARD DREAM.