Rachel Trotter

2020 Fuel Your Dreams Award Winner - IN

I am an aspiring winemaker, with a degree in agribusiness marketing from Purdue University. I am currently taking classes for the winemaking certificate from UC Davis. I have traveled to New Zealand, France, Oregon, and California working in tasting rooms, vineyards, labs, vine nurseries and spending harvests in the cellar making wine. My mom works as a wine distributor and as a kid growing up I loved to play in the vineyards when she took me along on business trips to wineries around the world. I am currently working in the cellar at Rombauer Vineyards in St. Helena, CA. My love for winemaking has grown each harvest I’ve worked.

"I am immensely honored to have been selected as a recipient of the 2020 Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation Fuel Your Dreams Scholarship. With this scholarship, I will be able to continue my education in winemaking and viticulture. It will help tremendously on my path to becoming a winemaker. I am extremely grateful for the Women of the Vine and Spirts Foundation and all that they do to advance and empower women in the alcohol beverage industry."

Rachel Trotter

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