SUSANA BALBO

Founder and owner - SUSANA BALBO WINES

BIOGRAPHY
As an entrepreneur, she is currently the owner and founder of Susana Balbo winery, her family-run winery, which in almost 25 years has become one of the most important and renowned in Argentina. She also runs Susana Balbo Unique Stays, a luxury boutique hotel that she opened with her daughter Ana. With an audacious and innovative spirit, Susana has also founded Vision Air, offering “air safaris” for visitors to enjoy some of Argentina’s most emblematic places. Due to her vast career and her influential role as a businesswoman, she was granted the 2019 BRAVO Lifetime Achievement Award by the Council of the Americas and, in 2023, she was honored with the “Onorificenza dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia” by the Italian consul. Susana Balbo is a woman of strong convictions and ideas, and she firmly believes that, in order to change something, you need to get involved. In 2015 she became National Congresswoman and in 2017 Argentinian President Mauricio Macri selected her as Chair of the W20 (Women’s 20), a G20 working group dedicated to women’s empowerment on a global scale. The following year, she became the first female Goodwill Ambassador of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), fostering development, inclusion and empowerment, emphasizing matters related to gender and rural youth. Her cutting-edge character and essence have earned her many national and international awards and accolades. Susana was distinguished by the British magazine The Drinks Business as ‘Woman of the Year’ (2015) and was included in the top list of ‘The world’s most influential women in wine’ (2018). Moreover, she was named Winemaking Legend (2020) by world-respected, British wine journalist and Master of Wine Tim Atkin, and in 2022 the International Wine Challenge granted her the IWC Lifetime Achievement Award.