Wente Vineyards, America's longest, continuously operated family-owned winery, said Chairman of the Board and Fourth Generation Winegrower Carolyn Wente was selected by Dress for Success San Francisco as a 2023 Bay Area Woman in Power for its annual global campaign, Your Hour, Her Power.
The Bay Area Women in Power campaign spotlights groundbreaking leaders in their fields who are paving the way to success for other women. Carolyn was chosen thanks to her decades of trailblazing contributions to the American wine industry in her decades leading the charge at Wente Vineyards, shattering numerous glass ceilings and empowering women in her field to reach unprecedented new heights.
Dress for Success San Francisco/San Jose is the local affiliate of Dress for Success, a global non-profit organization empowering women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Wente is proud to support both the local and global offices of Dress for Success.
Carolyn joined her family's Livermore Valley winery business in 1980 after graduating from Stanford. She started in sales and marketing where she developed and led Wente Vineyards' lifestyle businesses and was instrumental in developing the Wente family's experiential brand, essentially creating the prototype for modern day wine country hospitality experiences.
She became President in 1995 and the family's first female CEO in 2008. In Carolyn's 13 years as CEO, her vision brought Wente Vineyards worldwide renown, attracting visitors from around the globe and inspiring countless wineries to follow her model.
Today, Carolyn mentors fifth generation family members and company executives to uphold her legacy of strong female leadership while continuing the global growth of the Wente Vineyards wine portfolio.