Argentina’s Queen of Wine

July 11, 2013
Patchwork Compass by Nora Walsh.

Dominio del Plata winery in Mendoza, ArgentinaSusana Balbo is not just a woman of wine, she is a woman of the world. She is as complex and elegant as her celebrated blended wines. Over a four-hour lunch in her new restaurant Osadia de Crear at her Dominio del Plata winery in Mendoza, I was charmed by Susana’s intriguing story of heartbreak, success, motherhood and wine.

I entered the interview knowing that Susana was the definition of a trailblazer. Named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Wine” by UK’s The Drink Business, Susana was the first woman winemaker in Argentina, the first female to work at Michel Torino winery, the first female president of Wines of Argentina, and the first winemaker to be hired as a consultant outside of Argentina. Read full article