43 Black-Owned Wineries That Should Be On Your Radar

Longevity Wines in Livermore Valley CA | Black Owned Wineries by popular D.C. lifestyle blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of a man pouring a glass of white wine into a clear wine glass.
Longevity Wines in Livermore, CA / Photo by Tom McGovern

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!

Alicia Tenise in Dry Creek Valley | Black Owned Wineries by popular D.C. lifestyle blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of Alicia Tenise standing in a vineyard at Dry Creek Valley an holding a wine glass containing red wine.

Black Owned Wineries in the U.S. and Abroad

 

U.S. – California

U.S. – West Coast

U.S. – The North

U.S. – The South

U.S. – Midwest

International

* – 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!

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3 Comments

  1. Jherell wrote:

    Thank you for compiling this list! I’ve recently ordered from the McBride Sisters and Love Cork Screw. I can’t wait to try them out!

    Posted 6.17.20 Reply
  2. Dana wrote:

    Love this! Just bookmarked it for me to refer to when making a wine purchase!

    Dana | It’s Casual Blog 

    Posted 6.18.20 Reply
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    Posted 6.20.20 Reply