Laura Donadoni IWA

Laura Donadoni is an Italian wine writer, published author and journalist based in California, where she founded years ago “The Italian Wine Girl” blog and online community (today counting more than 60.000 followers) and La Com Wine Agency, a strategic P.R. and Communications firm focused on the wine industry.

She is a contributor for the Slow Wine Guide America, a columnist for SommJournal and Tasting Panel Magazines,the only Italian woman member of the International Circle of Wine Writers and of the Los Angeles Wine Writers Association and the Director of the Wine Education Program at the Pacific National Food and Beverage Museum in L.A.

She is a certified wine educator, a professional wine judge in national and international competitions such as the historic San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, she is a Vinitaly International Ambassador, a certified Sommelier with merit with the North American Sommelier Association and the World Sommelier Association, a Wset advanced sommelier;

Her first book “Come il vino ti cambia la vita” (Cairo) – “How wine can change your life” has been published in June 2020 in Italy, and it will be translated and published in the U.S. and Asia in January 2022. The book was awarded with the Premio Bruno Lunelli for the wine literature.

Custodi del vino, the author’s new book published by Slow Food editore will be released on October 27th 2021.

The future of wine is woman. First results of a survey on the gender gap of wine companies in Italy

The study on the gender gap in the world of wine, conducted by the University of Siena in collaboration with Le Donne del Vino and UIV, has highlighted the growing role of women in Italian wineries who have become protagonists of the commercial, communication, marketing, cellar hospitality, and agritourism-catering sectors. There remains a problem related to the lack of nursery schools (absent in 100% of the sample) which could be directly related to the high percentage of female employees working part-time. Donatella Cinelli Colombini will present the proposals of Donne del Vino to accelerate equal opportunities. These proposals concern the maintenance of the current advantages for female-run farms and a bonus – in terms of tax breaks or scores – for farms where there is equal pay and career progression between genres. Wine blogger and influencer Laura Donadoni proposes the introduction of courses against gender violence by presenting the American example. Valentina Ellero (UIV) will talk about sustainability and how effective gender equality can only be achieved through the punctual monitoring of ethical and social indicators.