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Women in Wine. Far Niente’s Beth Nickel Talks Wine, Weeds and Building a Winery
by Far Niente | 2018 | 12:00 pm
Last week, in honor of International Women’s Day, we profiled the dynamic women in wine here at Far Niente. You might have noticed that someone was missing.
We saved the best for last.
We caught up with Beth Nickel, who helped launch Far Niente with Gil Nickel in the late 70’s and 80’s. Beth has also played an instrumental role in establishing each of our sister wineries: Dolce, Nickel & Nickel, EnRoute and Bella Union. Below, she talks about what continues to thrill her about working in wine each day, the power of collaboration, and the message she’d offer young women looking to break into the wine industry.
A Q&A With Beth Nickel
What excites you about coming to work each day? Seeing how far we have come since we started out as a tiny producer of Far Niente Chardonnay in 1979. To me, it’s remarkable that it has turned into a collection of five high-quality wineries that were created by our own people and with our own ideas.
What are some of the best lessons working in wine has taught you? The wine business worldwide is a very brotherly (and sisterly!) and welcoming industry. Most people in the business conduct themselves as if there is a whole lot more to be gained from collaborating and sharing ideas rather than keeping information to themselves. It’s very refreshing to be involved in this kind of inclusive environment.
What centers you? Being in the Far Niente gardens after the work day is over and it becomes quiet and peaceful. When we started out here, the property had 60 years of overgrowth from which we carved out our showplace. Seeing the evolution of the whole 13-acre property adds to the enjoyment because I remember how it looked when Gil and I first started. There wasn’t a window or a door in the stone winery and the trees, bushes, weeds and wild vines had “taken over” from decades of neglect.
What message would you give young women interested in pursuing a career in wine? I’d tell them about the wonderful facets of the wine business – grape growing, winemaking and production, hospitality and special events, wine education, sales and marketing. I’d also tell them to be flexible if they’re not sure what area to concentrate on and try everything that is available to them.
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