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Wine, Women, & Support

There are some new faces emerging on the Connecticut winemaking scene. These are the faces of young, enthusiastic, and innovative females who are part of the next generation of Connecticut winemaking culture. The Women Winemakers of Connecticut was created by Christina Musto (Musto Wine Grape Company, LLC.) and Amanda Brackett (Southern Connecticut Wine Company) over a flight of beer at the tail end of harvest in 2014. Let’s face it; by the end of harvest, we are all ready for a beer! They were both delirious from the stress of the season and the issues they were facing within the wine industry as women. They ended up hashing out a crazy idea to bring together the professional female winemakers in the state with the hopes of socializing, collaborating, and learning from like-minded ladies. The founding members consisted of Christina Musto, Amanda Brackett, Maureen MacDonald, and Kristen Parsons – all four professional winemakers in the state at the time. They quickly realized they could do more than just collaborate, but could help other women achieve their wine-making and wine industry goals