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The Women Behind Our Wines

Celebrate Women's History Month with Chateau Ste. Michelle!

From our winemakers to enologists, guest services, executives, and so much more, Chateau Ste. Michelle celebrates strong women in all roles within our company. Join us in celebration all March-long while we toast to the women behind your favorite wines.

The Women Behind The Wines

Throughout the month, learn more about the strong and smart women of Chateau Ste. Michelle. This week, learn who and what has inspired them most in their lives.
Leah Adint

Leah Adint - Red Winemaker

“It’s hard to look past Madame Veuve Clicquot. Regardless of how many times I’ve read her story, it is absolutely inspiring as a female winemaker. She produced Champagne in a time when no woman was allowed; built a wine company into a timeless piece of history; and did it with absolute passion and uncompromising attitude.”

Lacey Steffey

Lacey Steffey - Assistant Winemaker

“My mom. She always encouraged me to look at the world through the lens of curiosity… which naturally lends itself to exploration, and endless learning. She managed somehow, as a mother, to walk the fine line of gently guiding & teaching all of her daughters; while also letting us find our own paths in life.”

Tracey Keller

Tracey Keller - Enologist

“There are many influential women in my life, but the standout is my mom. She has been there for me through thick and thin. She has taught me time and time again, through words of encouragement and leading by her own example, to pick myself up and keep going even if it’s hard. All the while, she still has lots of fun and laughter is plentiful. I try to emulate that.”

Holly Wells

Holly Wells - Enologist

“A female the inspires me is someone I currently work with. Leah Adint, Chateau Ste Michelle Winemaker, has been an example of leadership, innovation, curiosity and inspiration. She leads by example, thinks of new ways to innovate, is curious by continuous research and exploration and inspires me to think outside the box. She is a strong force in this industry, and I have learned new ways of winemaking from her.”

Kaylee Bannister

Kaylee Bannister - Culinary Lead

“In my life, I have been blessed to be surrounded by strong, impactful and successful women who’s influences still resonate with me as a person today. As the youngest of 6 children, my mother instilled a strong work ethic in all of us at a young age and taught us to work cohesively. My passion for the culinary arts was inspired by my former mentor Janet Hedstrom. She would fill these walls with life, spirit and world class cuisines. Without her influence we would not be the culinary queens we are today.”

Mary Kae

Mary Kae Lindsey - VRC Club Lead

"I have always been fortunate to be surrounded by smart, funny, creative, women. From my many teachers who taught, encouraged and believed in me, my girlfriends, who show up with positivity and laughter, and at the epicenter, my amazing, hardworking, mom whose "words to live" by are tattooed on my heart -" Good, Better, Best- never let it rest till the Good gets Better, and the Better gets Best!" 

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