After 31 years of experience at Ron Santa Teresa, Nancy Duarte has become the first woman Master Blender in 225 years and the brand’s second active Master Blender alongside Néstor Ortega. She is the first woman to hold this position within the company and the fifth altogether in the history of the brand. Since 1990, she has held several positions in the production area of Ron Santa Teresa, being recently responsible for the supervision of quality control, development and formulation of liquids, as well as innovations in the productive process and new products for the company portfolio. A vital part of her responsibilities has been to supervise the entire production process, from raw materials obtained at the Hacienda Santa Teresa to the finished product. Santa Teresa is the leading producer of rum in Venezuela, with a tradition of five generations of master rum blenders during its 225 years of history.