Name Anne Bousquet Al Ameri
Job within the wine trade President, Domaine Bousquet Winery, Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina
How long have you been in this role/wine trade? Since 2008
What made you want to get in to this area of work and what drives you to stay in it? Growing up on a winery in Languedoc, I was convinced that I would never work in the wine business, as I thought it was so hard…For this reason I studied economics and spent the first ten years of my carrier as an economist for the paper industry. But by the late 1990s, my father got the vision to plant a vineyard at 4000 feet in Tupungato near Mendoza. The exceptional terroir of Tupungato, characterized by high altitude, low rain fall, and sandy soils, was what convinced us as a family to be the first ones in planting vines in this region. More importantly for me, the desert-like climate has allowed us to produce naturally elegant, certified organic wines which are now found in 50 countries around the globes. The biggest challenge we encountered at the beginning as we were growing our business in a rural area was to find the right human resources. We ended up training local people and they have now become long term team members. Bringing on board and training local people is part of our 3600 sustainability concept: environmental, social and economic sustainability.
What is your wine career highlight? Collaborating with and leading our team in making Domaine Bousquet Argentina’s leading name in exports of wine made from organically grown grapes.
If someone wanted to get in to the wine industry, what would your advice be? Be patient and passionate
5 quick fire questions – Up Close and Personal!
1. Favourite food and wine match? Sauternes and roquefort
2. Have you got tattoos if so, how many.. if not, are you tempted? No tattoo and not tempted (too scared of needles)
3. What did you want to be when you were growing up? A journalist
4. What is your favourite season? spring
5. If you had 3 wishes, what would they be? Health, love, success