Black-Owned Wineries

Lack of diversity in the wine industry is a problem. One that Julia Coney is working to address with her project Black Wine Professionals. She'll be on Instagram Live this Friday, July 30 at 4pm to showcase wines from black-owned and/or -operated wineries.

We feel it is important to spotlight the work of these artisans, because by doing so, not only do we help them thrive, but we show others that there is room in the industry for anyone and everyone who has a passion for wine.

These are the producers we'll be highlighting this week:

  • Aslina Wines - A project of Ntsiki Byela, South Africa's first black, female winemaker.
  • Michael Lavelle - A recent arrival on the scene, founded in 2020 by a pair of Howard University alumni.
  • Maison Noir Wines - A project founded in 2007 by sommelier André Hueston Mack to challenge wine industry convention.

This is just the beginning of this project for us, and we are actively seeking out more great wines from BIPOC-owned wineries to bring into the shop. We look forward to sharing them with you.

In the meantime, join Julia this Friday at 4pm on Instagram Live!