Female Winemakers Making History: Laura Díaz Muñoz

Updated: May 18, 2020

Laura Diaz Munoz in the vineyard at Ehlers Estate where she is the lead winemaker.

In the final installment of this three-part series, we’ll talk to Laura Díaz Muñoz and find out how growing up in Spain influenced her love of wine. We’ll also explore her journey in the wine industry and how she navigated her way to become a successful winemaker.

Winemaker & General Manager: Laura Díaz Muñoz

Laura Díaz Muñoz has been the lead Winemaker and General Manager at Ehlers Estate since 2018. She grew up in Spain, where her love of food and wine drew her into a career in the wine industry.

Ehlers Estate is located in the St. Helena AVA in Napa Valley, California where Laura produces six different styles of wine: Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and a Bordeaux style red blend.

Spain, Family, & Wine

Growing up in Spain, Laura experienced a different relationship with wine than what we experience here in the United States. She is part of a Catholic family, that traditionally gathered before and after mass to enjoy tapas and wine. There was always wine and beer at the table, but it was about enjoying the food and the wine together.

She has a distinct memory of enjoying Albariño (a light, white wine) with her father while enjoying some seafood in a little town they were visiting. She explains that wine, food, and good company create special moments and memories.

Pursuing a Career in Wine

Heading into College, Laura first decided she wanted to pursue a career in Food Science. This quickly shifted after doing an internship at a winery, she knew she wanted to focus on wine.

Her father did not like the idea of her pursuing a career in wine. He knew that it was a male-dominated industry and thought it would be too much of an uphill battle for Laura to realize her true potential. This just motivated Laura to prove that she could do it.

After graduation from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Laura started working in the lab of a winery, Finca Otero, in La Mancha, but decided she wanted to know more about wine in different regions. She talked to her employer about going to New Zealand for an internship to learn about Sauvignon Blanc. They liked the idea and Laura was off to New Zealand but she didn’t return to the winery in Spain instead s