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50 in 50: Black Women-Owned Wine And Spirits Brands Across The World
While stocking up your home bars or the shelves, be sure to drink responsibly by consciously supporting Black-owned businesses. As we celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we wanted to celebrate the women taking up space in an industry that wasn’t necessarily created for them.
We have compiled a list of Black, women-owned wine and spirits brands that you can support nationwide and internationally.
Black Girl Magic By The McBride Sisters
Founded by Andréa and Robin McBride, the Black Girl Magic brand carries four wines: Red Blend, Sparkling Brut Rosé, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.
Darjean Jones Wines
Owner and Winemaker Dr. Dawna Darjean Jones is behind Darjean Jones Wines. The wine company sources from well-known vineyards in Napa and Sonoma.
NBA-superstar Stephen Curry’s wife, Ayesha Curry, partnered with her sister-in-law, Sydel, to create Domaine Curry. The basis of this brand is the expression, “Femme 31.” This proverb has great meaning to the women in the Curry family and women everywhere, acknowledging them as virtuous, loyal, independent, and strong.
Heritage Link Brands
Heritage Link Brands is co-owned by Selena Cuffe. The company features luxury goods, lifestyle jaunts, and wines. In particular, they import wine from Black-owned vineyards from South Africa and Brazil.
Free Range Flower Winery
Aaliyah Nitoto is the co-owner of Free Range Flower Winery in Oakland. What’s so cool about this wine brand is that it’s made from flowers, not grapes! Yes, you can get lavender wine but the most popular one that’s barely staying in stock is the rose petal wines.
L’ Tonya Renee Red Blend
Actor Tonya Renée Banks launched her wine label in 2018. The company’s red blend is made in partnership with Livermore Valley’s Longevity Wines.
Shadow Ridge Spirits
Lisa Ireland teamed up with her husband to create Shadow Ridge Spirits Company.
Shadow Ridge specializes in small-batch spirits, offering a selection of 100% grain-to-glass whiskeys aged in American white oak barrels, including Bourbon, rye, peated single malt, and American single malt.
P. Harrell Wines
Paula Harrell created P. Harrell Wines from her long-standing passion and appreciation for wine. From the smell of freshly picked grapes after a successful harvest to sampling wines in barrels and ultimately indulging in the enchanting wine culture with others.
Taste Collection Cellars
Taste Collection Cellars is owned by Chef Rhonda: a certified wine sommelier and executive chef. The collection consists of wines representing a mélange from the northern portion of California’s Central Valley.
Theopolis Vineyards is a small lot vineyard and hand-crafted winery located in California’s prestigious Yorkville Highlands of the Anderson Valley. Founded by Theodora R. Lee, her vineyards are situated along Highway 128 in southeastern Mendocino County near the border of Sonoma County, the AVA is a highly elevated, rugged interior wine-growing area.
Desiree Noisette is the founder of Florida’s first Black woman-owned wine brand.
Mermosa was created to celebrate everyone’s inner mermaid while honoring one woman in Noisette’s family who came seven generations before her. According to Noisette, her ancestors’ love story broke the chains of slavery.
Sukari Spirits is a hybrid brand that offers consumers a handcrafted, domestically produced, ready-to-drink vodka spirit of the highest quality. The brand consists of all-natural fruit flavors and vegetable juices for color with no preservatives or unnatural ingredients.
Sukari takes fruit-infused vodkas to another level as its distilled five times and filtered five times before its infused. Blood orange and dragon fruit lead the way in this woman-owned, Black-owned, veteran-owned spirit.
Sip & Share Wines
Sip & Share Wines is a boutique winery producing a diversity of handcrafted vegan wines. Founded by Nicole Kearney, you can buy vegan chardonnay, merlot, zinfandel, riesling, and more.
Davine Wines was created by Elena “Davine” Smith. She produces Chardonnay, Moscato, and bottled sangria, among others.
Love Cork Screw
Love Cork Screw is a wine and lifestyle brand dedicated to offering consumers wine, entertainment, and other products and services. Created by Chrishon Lampley in 2013, each sleek wine bottle is colorful, whimsical, and fun.
You can find Love Cork Screw in the Chicago-area.
Simply Love Wines
Based in Chicago, Barbara Jackson created Simply Love Wines in 2013, with grapes from Napa Valley. She sells rose, blanc, and sauvignon.
Bleu Vodka was founded by Alizbeth Jetter, her husband Britt Jetter, and business partner Dr. Tony Vanden Bush. The infused fruit liqueur brand first hit shelves in 2016.
The range currently comprises two flavors: Bleu Original, a wild blueberry vodka liqueur made from grain vodka, and wild blueberries.
The second expression in the collection is Bleu Pel Vodka Liqueur, made from grain vodka and citrus zest.
The brand is currently available in select retail stores across Illinois and Iowa in the US.
Jenny Dawn Wine
Jenny Dawn Cellars was founded by Jennifer McDonald and is known as the first urban winery in Wichita.
The Jenny Dawn label, launched in 2016, is made with grapes from Santa Barbara County, California, while the venue opened its doors in November 2019.
Fresh Bourbon Distillery
Fresh Bourbon Distillery was created by power couple Tia and Sean Edwards.
The Edwards are inching towards being the largest African-American-owned distillery in the state of Kentucky.
Ole Orleans Wines
Ole’ Orleans Wines was created by New Orleans-native Kim Lewis.
Ole’ Orleans Wines is a tribute to New Orleans and its historic legacy. Each bottle tells a story about New Orleans.
The wines, including the Du Blanc Bois, Riesling, or Merlot, are richly flavored and handcrafted in Louisiana.
Darjean Jones Wines
Darjean Jones award-winning wines are spirited, adventurous, and possess a charisma that will seduce wine lovers of all kinds. It’s a small family-owned winery specializing in boutique wines from California’s most acclaimed growing regions.
Look Vodka was created by founder Carmelita Hilliard in 2016. Carmelita recognized a market gap in the representation of minority women suppliers in the alcohol industry and the lack of a brand that appealed to minority women as consumers.
From that point on, she decided to devote herself to the idea of creating a brand and movement to bridge the market gap locally.
Nayana Ferguson’s lack of experience didn’t stop her from launching Teeq Tequila; a premium tequila-based in Detroit with her husband Don Ferguson and co-founder Mike Rowold, in August 2018
Du Nord Craft Spirits
Founded in 2013, Du Nord Craft Spirits is owned by Shanelle Montana and her husband Chris Montana, former president of the American Craft Spirits Association.
Based in Minneapolis, the distillery creates a range of award-winning spirits, including L’Étoile Du Nord Vodka, Fitzgerald Gin, and Mixed Blood Blended Whiskey.
13. New York
Founded by three best friends from Queens, NY, Esrever Wines brings a new distinct flavor to the wine industry. Started in 2018 by Jasmine Dunn, Tyshemia Ladson, and Ashanti Middleton, Esrever Wines currently serves Pinot Grigio and Moscato white blend.
HH Bespoke was co-founded by Sharene Wood. It’s a family-owned spirits business that offers a selection of rum, gin, and vodka.
Try one of their spirits with one of their cocktails: Harlem Walk, Southside Harlem, or Corpse Reviver.
Named after Brooklyn’s most notorious neighborhood, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Marvina Robinson debuted Stuyvesant Champagne in 2020 to pay homage to her home.
14. North Carolina
Davidson Wine Company
Davidson Wine Co is the first urban winery in Davidson, North Carolina.
It’s owned by Lindsey Williams –a lawyer turned winemaker. On the wine list are chardonnay, riesling, pinot grigio, and more.
Hidden Spirts Cocktails
Hidden Spirits Cocktails was founded by Pam Davis and offers a selection of three pre-mixed options.
The sweet, refreshing taste of freshly squeezed lemonade is infused with premium tequila.
Following the success of Lemonade, Hidden Spirits introduced two more flavors: Hidden Spirits Strawberry and Hidden Spirits Apple Spice. The collection is bottled between 19% and 21% ABV.
Lifelong friends Gregory Markell Lawrence and Sean Bani Yisrael created Markell-Bani in 2008. Based in Cincinnati, the two were inspired by their passion for fine wine and a purposeful desire to respond to the under-representation of African-Americans in the wine industry.
The wines are crafted from Concord and Niagara grapes grown in Pennsylvania.
Eunice Chiweshe Goldstein Winery
Eunice Chiweshe Goldstein Winery was launched by actor and writer Eunice Chiweshe Goldstein in 2018. Her brand of Blanc de Blanc and Pinot Noir is Oregon’s first Black female winery.
Chaunci King’s liquor company, Royalty Spirits, created Rex Whiskey in 2017.
She is the first African American woman liquor owner in the Pacific Northwest. This Portland Oregon brand’s mission is to “produce products of rich taste, high quality, and longevity.”
With Bertony Faustin’s guidance from Abbey Creek Vineyards, Donna Stoney is the first black female winemaker in Oregon.
Stoney Wines launched in September 2019 and is about far more than just producing excellent wine: it is about leading an enabling and creating an extraordinary life for all.
17. South Carolina
Chanel Turner is said to be the youngest woman to start her own spirit company. She wanted to create a vodka that catered to women. After testing over 80 formulas, she partnered with a distillery in South Carolina to create Fou-Dré.
Her vodka can be purchased online or in physical locations throughout the Washington DC area and Atlanta.
Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey
Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey is inspired by the best whiskey maker the world never knew, the first known African-American master distiller, Nathan “Nearest” Green.
Entrepreneur and author Fawn Weaver is making sure that Uncle Nearest’s legacy never dies. She created Uncle Nearest, a premium whiskey brand that uses Green’s original formulas. Her project is in conjunction with the Green family’s efforts and blessing.
Saint Liberty Whiskey
Saint Liberty Whiskey honors the bootlegging women of Prohibition in a larger nod to all the strong women in American history who’ve provided for themselves and their families in the face of adversity.
The brand is partly owned by minority women-led spirits advisory group Erin Harris and Dia Simms. Each bottle tells the story of a female bootlegger to amplify the voices of the unsung women of American history.
Shoe Crazy Wine
Shoe Crazy Wine: Founder Gwen Hurt, along with daughter Brittny, are behind this Virginia label. They work with vineyards in California, Washington, and Bordeaux.
Frichette Winery is a family-owned limited production winery crafting wines that showcase the best of the Red Mountain. The winery is co-owned by Greg & Shae Frichette, who is from South Carolina.
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23. United Kingdom
Nichole Johnson has launched a 100% pinot Meunier champagne called Lapin Rouillé in the UK. She’s the first female Black-owned Champagne brand to go on sale in Britain.
Mukami Mwarania is one of few vintners in Kenya. She produces her wine through the Vintner Project: a collaborative effort to explore the vast and diverse world of wine in an approachable way, focusing on the stories of wineries and the people behind them.
25. South Africa
As South Africa’s first black female winemaker, Ntsiki Biyela has forged a path to become one of the most recognized names in the world of wine.
In 2016, she established Aslina Wines, inspired by the strength and determination of the biggest influence in her life, her grandmother.
Carmen Stevens Wines
Carmen Stevens Wines was founded by winemaker Carmen Stevens. She got her support from angel funding through Naked Wines.
House of Mandela Wine
House of Mandela wine collection was founded by descendants of Nelson Mandela, including his oldest daughter from his first wife, a granddaughter and great-nephew. They use grapes from the Cape region of South Africa.
Founded by gin enthusiasts Luvuyo Jongile and his wife Nodumo Jongile, Mayine Gin became the first Black-owned gin brand in Africa.
Mayine, which means ‘let it rain’, currently consists of two flavors: Grape Based and Rooibos Infused. Botanicals used in both expressions include classic ingredients such as juniper, angelica root, coriander, as well as buchu, a plant native to the lower mountains of western South Africa, and rooibos.
Lathithá Wines founder, Sheila Hlanjwa, MD, strives to introduce the world to the excellent taste of South African wines and empower her underprivileged neighbors and show them the joys of wine winemaking. She specializes in sauvignon, merlot, pinotage, and shiraz.
Liz Ogumbo Wines
Kenya-born musician and fashion designer Liz Ogumbo is the brainchildd behind Liz Ogumbo Wines. Her collection includes pinotage, chenin blanc-chardonnay blend, shiraz and sauvignon blanc.
Women In Wine
Women in Wine is the first Black-owned wine company controlled and managed entirely by women. Women in Wine was established and founded in 2006 by a group of twenty women, all with backgrounds in the wine industry that had a common dream – giving women, especially farmworkers and their families, a share in the industry.
The Bridge of Hope Wines
The Bridge of Hope Wines was founded by Rosemary Mosia. It’s a family business that produces three different collections: The Classic Collection. Premium Collection and Reserve Collection.
Seven Sisters wine was created by seven sisters of the Brutus family. This brand features a lineup of varietal-labeled red and white wines.
Revel Agave Tequila
Founders Jacqui Thompson and Micah McFarlane are leading a mission to deliver the finest organic spirits available, utilizing fair-trade and sustainable farming practices.
Revel is a completely 100% agave-based spirit. Avila is a category of agave spirits similar to tequila and mezcal made from 100% blue weber agave but grown in the Morelos region, a small state in the south-central part of Mexico under the shadow of the Popocatépetl volcano. It’s sold in three expressions: Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo.