Two Long-Lost Sisters Found a Winery Together
They weren't always partners in wine. The half sisters met in 1999; after their father's passing, an aunt helped unite 16-year-old Andréa, who grew up in New Zealand, with 25-year-old Robin in New York City. "I got off the plane, and I thought I saw my reflection," says Robin, who was raised in California. "But I was actually looking at my sister for the first time."
Eventually, Andréa moved to California for college, and the pair bonded over their similarities: curly hair, a penchant for blazers—and a passion for wine. "We both grew up in wine regions," says Robin, now 41. Says Andréa, 33: "We geeked out over wine so often, we knew it was more than an interest." In 2010, they founded Eco.Love; Truvée debuted in January.
Sisterly squabbles aren't an issue, but they've faced other challenges: Only about 10 percent of California winemakers are women; fewer are people of color. "We've been mistaken for assistants," Andréa says. "We don't take it personally. Our wine does the talking." Cheers to that.