Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been doing my research and figuring out how I can support more black owned wineries and businesses in my day-to-day life.
As most of you know, I’m a big fan of wine — in fact, I’m currently enrolled in a course for a WSET Level 1 Award in Wines, and my exam is coming up in July. I’m hoping to pass the Level 1 and 2 exams so that I can become a stronger wine writer, and craft elevated wine and food pairings for you guys in the future!
In all honesty, the wine world has been dominated by white men for decades. In recent years, we’ve seen far more female winemakers enter the industry and a bit more black representation, but we still have a long way to go.
Admittedly, I only visited my first black-owned winery last year. It was Longevity Wines in Livermore Valley, California. I was able to meet with the owner, Phil, and we chatted for a solid two hours. It was fascinating learning about his experience as a black winemaker in this country, and seeing all of the love, care, and attention to detail he put into his wines. Also, his wines were phenomenal — I’d highly recommend ordering his Philosophy wine, which is a Bordeaux-style blend.
After a bit of digging, I was able to put together this list of black-owned wineries across the world. Some other lists have been circulating on Instagram. Still, I found that quite a few of these lists had wineries that have permanently closed, a few typos, wineries that didn’t offer direct-to-consumer purchase options, and some wineries that had black winemakers, but weren’t necessarily black-owned. I’ve also omitted celebrity wine labels from this list.
I hope that I can add to this list in the future with a bit more research, but here’s what I’ve got so far!
Black Owned Wineries in the U.S. and Abroad
U.S. – California
U.S. – West Coast
U.S. – The North
U.S. – The South
- Delaplane Cellars (Virginia)
- Ole Orleans Wines (Louisiana)
- Preston Ridge Winery (Virginia)
- Taste Collection Cellars (Texas)
U.S. – Midwest
- Jenny Dawn Cellars (Kansas)
- Love Cork Screw (Illinois)
- Markell-Bani (Ohio)
- Sip and Share Wines (Indiana)
- Aslina Wines (South Africa)
- Edelheiss Wines (Germany)*
- House of Mandela (South Africa)
- Kumusha Wines (South Africa)
- La Fête Rosé (St. Tropez)*
- Lyons Wine (Italy)*
- M’Hudi Wines (South Africa)
- Nyarai Cellars (Ontario, Canada)
- Silkbush Mountain Vineyards (South Africa)
* – Wine is sold/distributed in the United States, but they do not have a tasting room open to the public.
Know of any other black-owned wineries? Drop them in the comments below!