A TRIBUTE TO THE TRIBE
Nancy Gonzalez Ulloa WINEMAKER & W I N E E D U C ATO R
Nancy Gonzalez Ulloa was originally born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. She holds her heritage tight and paves the way for underrepresented women in the wine and spirits industry. In your free time, tune into her educational IGTV channel - Tim and Nanyâ€™s Must Haves.
Where has your wine career taken you? Pursuing a career in wine has brought me to Paso Roblesâ€™ wine country. When I made the decision to switch my life around to fully focus in wine, I knew that I had to completely change my lifestyle and environment to a place where I would see, drink, share and learn about wine everyday. Moving to Paso Robles has been the best choice I have made. I have found endless learning opportunities, a loving and supporting tribe as well as a career full of challenges which helps me grow as a producer and a human being. Intellectually, my wine career has allowed me to develop my creative and artistic abilities in ways that I never imagined. Making decisions during the winemaking process as well as creating a wine label is a reflection of who I am. Learning how to do all of this has been almost like getting to know myself in a 22
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deeper level. When I share my wine, I am sharing a piece of me. Knowing that people will come together and create an experience that involves my wine makes me feel a fire burning inside, fueled with happiness and pride. How has your Latina/Mexican heritage influenced your winemaking? Being a Latina has greatly influenced my work ethic as well as my preference with the varietals I work with and the methods I have used. Growing up in the United States as an immigrant has been a blessing as well as a challenge. I live in a country where opportunities are available to be whoever I want to be. I went from working for non-profits advocating against domestic violence (since I am a domestic violence survivor) to winery production in a matter of a few years. I have never been a stranger to struggling,