All across the globe, people are showing solidarity to help fight racial injustice and police brutality in African-American communities. Some people have shown solidarity by flooding the streets in protest, signing petitions, and calling their local governments to demand change within the system. Many supporters have also shown support by donating dollars to social initiatives and shopping black-owned businesses.
Here at TriWine, we also want to show our support so we’ve compiled a list highlighting a few black-owned wineries in the U.S that you can support right now. Under each listing, you’ll see a brief history, followed by the location and types of wine they produce.
Bertony Faustin is the heart and soul of The Crick (AKA Creek) and in 2008 he became the first recorded black winemaker in Oregon. Abbey Creek is a family-owned vineyard, which was named after the creek that runs through the vineyards property. Bertony’s vision for The Crick is to bring people together by building a foundation, breaking bread with one another, and develop a community of inclusion.
LOCATION: North Plains, Oregon
WINE PRODUCTIONS: Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, a Cabernet Sauvignon & Petite Syrah Blend, Rosé
Bodkin Wines was founded in 2011 by Chris Christensen, a native of Iowa. His love for winemaking and aromatic wines led him to create America’s first Bubbly Sauvignon Blanc. In 2013, Christensen partnered with Andrew Chambers, a native of Oregon, and since then they have been produced many varietals from Verdelho to Chardonnay, along with their award-winning Bubbly Sauvignon Blanc.
LOCATION: Sonoma Valley, California
WINE PRODUCTIONS: Verdelho, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Sparkling Rosé, Blanc de Sauvignon Blanc, Blanc de Blancs, Zinfandel, White, and Red Dessert Wines
Brown Estate is a family-owned and private estate winery that became established in 1980 when Mama and Daddy Brown purchased and rehabilitated an abandoned ranch in the eastern hills of Napa Valley. After planting and cultivating viniferous grapes for 10 years, the Brown children, siblings Deneen, David, and Coral, took over the vineyard in 1996 and established the Brown Estate label, harvesting their first Brown Zin.
LOCATION: Napa Valley, California (Chiles Valley District)
WINE PRODUCTIONS: Zinfandel (Rosé), a Muscat Blanc & Viogner Blend, Merlot, a Petite Syrah & Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, a Cabernet Sauvignon & Zinfandel Blend, Charbono
Charles Wine is a family-owned and managed wine company that started in Paul Charles’ backyard after he planted a few Cabernet and Zinfandel grapes. Since his official launch in 2004, Charles has expanded his winery by adding partners De’Ondre Charles and Dr. Cherise Moore to the team, added a tasting menu, and also introduced new grape varietals featuring Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
LOCATION: Lodi Appellation of California
WINE PRODUCTIONS: Symphony (Muscat & Grenache Gris Blend), Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel
Corner 103 is a wine tasting room and school created by founder Llyod Davis. Llyod’s passion for wine led him to create educational wine experiences after recognizing that most people are intimidated by wine. The name Corner 103 derives from the historic location in Sonoma Square.
LOCATION: Sonoma Valley, California
WINE PRODUCTIONS: Pinot Noir, Sparkling Rosé, Petite Syrah, Corner Cuveé, Vino Rosso, Zinfandel Rosé of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Marsanne-Rousanne
Dawna Darjean Jones is the owner/vintner and winemaker of Darjean wines, a Louisiana native and first-generation African American winemaker. She founded Darjean Wines in 2010 when she sourced grapes to produce her merlot in Napa Valley to help spread the joy of drinking wine with friends.
LOCATION: Napa Valley, Sonoma Coast and Russian River, California
WINE PRODUCTIONS: Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo Rosé, Chardonnay, Viognier, Merlot, Red Wine Blend
Domaine Curry Wines was founded by Ayesha Curry and her sister-in-law Sydel Curry-Lee. After a brief meeting with John Schwartz of Napa’s Coup de Founder, he helped them to create wines that are deep-rooted in their love of food and the many cultures and heritage of Ayesha.
LOCATION: Napa Valley, California
WINE PRODUCTIONS: Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc
FLO Wine, AKA “For the Love Of”, was founded in 2011 by Jazz Musician Marcus Johnson. His mission is to help wine enthusiasts rediscover their zest for life.
LOCATION: Wines are bottled in Northern California with appellations of California grapes
WINE PRODUCTIONS: Chardonnay, Moscato, a Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Zinfandel blend
Frichette Winery is a family-owned winery, event hall, and tasting room founded in 2011 by Shae and Greg Frichette. Shae and Greg started Frichette after deciding to abandon their southern California lifestyle and careers for a more quiet and balanced lifestyle near friends and family in Washington after the birth of their son.
LOCATION: Benton City, Washington State (Red Mountain AVA)
WINE PRODUCTIONS: Sémillion, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, a Malbec & Petit Verdot Blend and a Cabernet Franc & Cabernet Sauvignon blend
Indigené Cellars is a family-owned and operated winery founded by Raymond Smith who relocated from Oakland to Paso Robles California and submerged himself by learning all about the wine industry. Raymond’s production of robust varietals and exquisite blends have won many accolades among master collectors and drinkers alike.
LOCATION: Carmel Valley, California
WINE PRODUCTIONS: Moscato (Muscat of Alexandria & Orange Muscat blend), Sangiovese, a Malbec & Merlot Blend, a Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Syrah & Merlot Blend, Grenache Blanc, Syrah, Pinot Noir
Jenny Dawn Cellars was founded in 2016 by Jennifer McDonald and her family. A dream that started in her kitchen is now proudly known as Wichita’s first urban winery startup. Her wines are sourced from Santa Barbara County, an up-and-coming region described as dynamic and promising for varietals. In 2019, Jenny proudly opened her tasting room which also serves as her on-site wine production and event space.
LOCATION: Wichita, Kansas
WINE PRODUCTIONS: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Rosé, Sweet Red Blend, Sweet White Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sweet Red Wine, White Wine
J. Moss Wines is a small family-owned wine producer founded by James Moss in 2000. Before opening his winery, James worked in the wine industry for many years and was fortunate enough to have worked alongside famed winemakers Robert Mondavi and Mark Jessup. In 2010, James opened his wine cellar and states his winemaking style reflects his attention to detail and appeals to everyday wine drinkers and connoisseurs.
LOCATION: Napa Valley, California
WINE PRODUCTIONS: Rosé (Cabernet Sauvignon Grape), Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon
Danny Glover, L’Objet Wines founder, worked in the music industry and was immersed in art culture which led to his passion for Pinot Noir and winemaking. After working several years at various wineries such as Clos du Bois, Armida, and Dutcher Crossing, Glover decided to create his form of Pinot called L’Objet Noir.
LOCATION: Napa Valley, California
WINE PRODUCTIONS: L’Objet Noir (Red), L’Objet Blanc (White), La Femme Mystique (Rosé)
Longevity Wines is a small boutique, family-operated, urban style winery by husband and wife Phil and Debra Long which started in their garage in 2006. In 2008, they acquired their own Livermore property where they continue to produce bold, high-quality wines in small batches.
LOCATION: Livermore AVA, California
WINE PRODUCTIONS: Barbera, Chardonnay, Muscat Canelli, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, a Grenache, Syrah, a Mourvedre & Petite Sirah Blend and a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc & Malbec blend
Chrishon Lampley is the founder, owner, and creator of Love Cork Screw (LCS) wines which is a wine lifestyle brand. With over 17 years of experience in the industry, Lampley was able to identify the missing needs in the wine market. This discovery led her to purchase grapes from small regional farmers which she then produced, bottled, and then labeled the wines under the trademarked LCS brand name. LCS also produces wine scented candles that are sold in many stores such as Target, Whole Foods, and other local Chicago stores.
LOCATION: Chicago, Ilinois
WINES PRODUCTIONS: White table wine (made from Niagara grapes), Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red table wine (made from Concord grapes), Sweet Riesling, Rosé
Maison Noir was founded by sommelier Andre Hueston Mack in 2007 when he decided to leave his desk job to pursue his passion for wine. Mack’s wines are categorized as “garage wines” which were initially created for NY restaurants and are now sold nationwide.
LOCATION: Oregon (Eola-Amity Hills AVA, McMinnville AVA, Yamhill-Carlton AVA, and Dundee Hills AVA)
WINE PRODUCTIONS: Riesling with Pinot Blanc & Viognier Blend, Pinot Gris, Rosé, Syrah with Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot Blend, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Markell-Bani Fine Wines was founded by lifelong friends and Cincinnati natives, Gregory Markell Lawrence and Sean Bani Yisrael in 2008. They founded Markell-Bani in response to the underrepresentation of African-Americans in the wine industry.
LOCATION: Cincinnati, Ohio
WINE PRODUCTIONS: Sweet red wine (made from Concord grapes), Sweet white wine (made from Niagara grapes)
The McBride Sisters Robin and Andrea Mcbride, both vintners, have a beautiful story of how they created their collection of wines after living worlds apart on separate continents. Eventually finding their way to each other, they formed a bond over a bottle of wine and discussed their combined passion for winemaking. The McBride Sisters Wine collection is a combination of their California and New Zealand upbringing, known as the infamous female empowerment Black Girl Wine Collection.
LOCATION: California and New Zealand
WINE PRODUCTIONS: Syrah, Rosé(Brut), Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Zinfandel, a Malbec & Petite Sirah Blend
Okapi wine was founded in 2006 by Dan Johnson, who’s a lawyer by trade and his wife Kim. As a young lawyer, Dan handled a case for a well-known winemaker which sparked his interest in wine, leading him to leave his law profession and transform a small walnut orchard into Jungle Love Vineyard.
LOCATION: Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, California
WINE PRODUCTIONS: Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red wine blend (multiple vintages of Cabernet & a touch of Petit Verdot)
P. Harrell wines is a small, woman-owned, private wine label founded by Paula Harrell. Paula’s deep appreciation for winemaking and the smell of freshly picked grapes led her to develop her winery in Sonoma. The winery only produces three varietals but her limited production has worked in her favor as her Haight Street Dry Riesling is a Gold Medal Winner.
LOCATION: Dry Creek Valley AVA, California
WINE PRODUCTIONS: Riesling, Rosé, Zinfandel
These are just a few of the many black-owned wineries located in the states as there are many more located throughout the U.S. and internationally. For a complete list of all the wineries located throughout the country, please click here. If you’re looking for ways to support these businesses, the easiest way to start is by:
- Following and engaging with them on social media
- Purchase a bottle online or via your local liquor store
- Plan a trip to visit their wineries and tasting rooms
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