These female winemakers are running some of Italy's top vineyards.

By Ray Isle
Updated June 08, 2017
Arianna Occhipinti
Credit: © Simone Aprile

Elisabetta Foradori
2011 Foradori Teroldego ($24)

Uncompromising and brilliant, Foradori has run her family’s estate in Trentino since she was 20. Her work with the local Teroldego grape has helped bring international attention to this smoky variety; she was also one of Italy's early adopters of the biodynamic approach to grape farming.

Cinzia Merli
2014 Bolgheri Rosso ($32)

The vintner-owner of Le Macchiole estate, Merli runs one of the best properties in Tuscany's Bolgheri region (more famous for names such as Sassicaia and Ornellaia). Generally reticent, she prefers to let her long-aging reds do the talking—which they do, brilliantly, year after year.

Laura Bianchi
2011 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva ($35)

The 500-acre Castello di Monsanto estate in Chianti Classico was the first to produce a single-vineyard cru, its renowned Il Poggio bottling. Bianchi, whose family founded the property in 1962, started helping in her family's Chianti vineyards at age seven; today she's both the winemaker and the proprietor.

Alessia Antinori
NV Montenisa Franciacorta Brut ($35)

Piero Antinori's three daughters all work in the family business; Alessia's focus is on winemaking. Right now she oversees the Montenisa estate in Franciacorta.

Arianna Occhipinti
2013 Occhipinti Siccagno Nero d'Avola ($45)

A young Sicilian star, Occhipinti organically farms more than 30 acres of vines, from which she makes a range of individualistic cuvées with native grape varieties.

Maria Teresa Mascarello
2013 Bartolo Mascarello Barbera d'Alba ($50)

When the legendary Bartolo Mascarello passed away, many people assumed he was irreplaceable. But his daughter has proved them wrong, making wines as classically structured and formidably complex as her father's were.

Stella di Campalto
2009 Stella di Campalto Brunello di Montalcino ($115)

In the early 1990s, di Campalto found an abandoned property near Castelnuovo dell'Abate, replanted it and has seen it rise to become a top-tier estate.