DIANA SALAMEH

Wine­maker at Do­maine Wardy

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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.

Oth­ers’ per­cep­tions

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.

Ob­sta­cles

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.

Fu­ture projects

Salameh wants to work on bet­ter­ing the qual­ity of wine in Le­banon, while at the same time make it avail­able to ev­ery­one.

Ad­vice

She says that some­one should only choose this ca­reer if they have a pas­sion for it, be­cause it’s phys­i­cally very de­mand­ing.

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