Winemaker at Domaine Wardy
Journey and motivation
Growing up under her grandparents’ grape vines, it felt only natural for Diana Salameh to study oenology at the Institut universitaire de la vigne et du vin in Dijon, France. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1992, and later earned a specialized diploma in oenology.
Salameh says that at first her parents thought she had chosen to study oenology in order to leave Lebanon indefinitely, because the wine sector was highly underdeveloped in the country at that time.
According to Salameh, winemaking as a career choice is still relatively new in Lebanon, so a preference has not developed for male winemakers, compared to France where she says it’s been considered a job for men for a long time. As for the agricultural sector in general, Salameh claims that men still have problems with being led by a woman.
Salameh wants to work on bettering the quality of wine in Lebanon, while at the same time make it available to everyone.
She says that someone should only choose this career if they have a passion for it, because it’s physically very demanding.