While there are not many female winemakers in the industry the number is growing. Jacqui Sobieski co-owner of Virginia Mountain Vineyards talks grapes and chemistry. Diane Speaks fell in love with international shopping as a flight attendant. She turned that love into a second act called She’s International Boutique.
Sobieski talks about her growing winery and women winemakers. She and her husband Brian Weber bought Virginia Mountain Vineyards in 2018. The two have led the small winery in beautiful Botetourt County through the pandemic and into the future.
Wine was always an interest of the couple. As a result, where ever they traveled, they took in the wine culture. Now, they use this informal education while making their own wine.
The couple always intended to make their wine in Virginia and after scouring the Old Dominion they landed at this scenic spot near Fincastle.
Diane Speaks’ first act evolved into her second. The retired flight attendant loves traveling the world and bringing back treasures. Consequently, those treasures soon stocked her boutique, “She’s International.”
Speaks loved traveling the world as an international flight attendant. After the 9-11 Attacks in 2001 the airlines cut flight attendant pay by 40%. As a result she started thinking of a plan B.
That plan B turned into a beautiful boutique that travelers and locals, turn to for high fashion and unique gifts. Part of Speaks business plan includes giving back. She does that through special events as well as selling “Star Jewelry” to help homeless school children.
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