Valentina Ellero

Valentina Ellero is coordinator of the Consulting and Training area of Unione Italiana Vini, married and mother of three children. Graduated in Economics and Business in 1994 at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, she perfected her training by attending courses recognized by Aicq Sicev in the field of business management systems such as Quality System Manager, Safety Manager, and Quality Systems Evaluator. For over 25 years she has been working on training and design of management systems, both for service companies and for companies in the wine sector.

In Unione Italiana Vini since 1998, she currently coordinates the Consulting and Training area, designing with a team of colleagues and external consultants innovative services for the sector, in accordance with the requirements of the voluntary standards for sustainability, and with the indicators of the United Nations Agenda 2030. She carries out first-person consultancy on management systems for sustainability, following national and international groups.

She contributed to the development of Tergeo, a project promoted by Unione Italiana Vini for the definition of sustainability requirements in the vineyard and cellar; she is currently collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry for the definition of the national standard on sustainability in the sector.

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.