Recognized every year on March 8, International Women’s Day honors the contributions and achievements of women in our world. All March long, through Q&A spotlights, weekly Instagram Live tastings, and donating 10% of our online sales to Women of the Vine, join us in celebrating and acknowledging some of the incredible female winemakers, winery owners, and professionals working in the industry today.
Meet Martha, Winemaker, Martha Stoumen Wines
Martha Stoumen is a first-generation winemaker from Northern California. To learn the craft, she spent 8 years apprenticing under other winegrowers around the world and received a Masters in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis.
Seeing the love each of her mentors had for their respective homelands, Martha turned her focus to making wines that expressed the diversity of nature in her own home. She only wanted to make wines that were crafted, not formulated, and that prioritized land stewardship and the humans laboring behind the scenes rather than glossy marketing. Not nearly enough of the wine made in CA met these requirements, so Martha started her own business in 2014 to do just that.
Besides a love of food, and therefore agriculture, Martha was drawn to wine for two reasons: she relishes a tradition in which the master-apprentice relationship is still very much alive and well, and because wine is a product that sets the pace and rhythm of the winemaker’s life, rather than vice-versa. Grape growing and winemaking aligns a vigneron’s actions with the seasons; she can neither rush the process nor slow it down.
Martha Stoumen Wines are handmade with patience in Northern California. Patience in the vineyard means composting rather than adding synthetic fertilizers, allowing predatory insects the ability to outcompete pests rather than spraying insecticides, and doing proper handwork, such as pruning for vine longevity rather than high yields. Patience in the cellar means letting the natural yeast and bacteria present on the grape skins perform fermentation, and allowing longer macerations and aging to provide stability rather than using added tannin, acid, or stabilizing agents in our wines. Above all, we strive to make wines that are delicious, joyful, and truly representative of California.
We are excited to put the much-deserved spotlight on some incredible female winemakers, winery owners, and professionals working in the industry today. Click here to meet them and learn more about their craft and the wines they produce.