Abbey Creek Vineyard
Known as the first black winemaker in Oregon, Bertony Faustin launched his first wine label in 2008. The Winery, Abby Creek Vineyard is named for a creek that runs through the Vineyard, Abbey Creek produces a number of prestigious wines such as Chardonnay, Rosé of Pinot Noir and even Cabernet Sauvignon (a variety you don’t find too often in Oregon). I’m planning a visit to Oregon this summer and hope to visit Abbey Creek Vineyard and taste these wines that I’ve heard so much about!
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. Today Aslina is renowned for its range of premium wines and is the realization of Ntsiki’s dream to create an exceptional world-class brand.
Brown Estate, a family-owned winery was established in 1996 by siblings David, Deneen and Corwl Brown. Known for their stunning Zinfandel (so I hear, I haven’t had a chance to taste it yet), they also make other wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, and some other blends. In 2017 they opened a tasting room in downtown Napa Valley which is on the top of my list to visit during my next trip to Napa.
Domaine Curry Wine
Well known and adored athlete Steph Curry’s wife, Ayesha Curry and Steph’s sister Sydel Curry created Domaine Curry Wine. Known for their exciting, complex and serious wines (which I have not had a chance to taste yet) these sound like wines to experience and learn more about…. Learn more about Domaine Curry Wine here.
D Wade Cellars
Legendary basketball player Dwyane Wade has partnered with long time winemaker friend Jayson Pahlmeyer and created D Wade Cellars. “Dwyane’s love of the great wines of Napa Valley was fueled by the food and wine he enjoyed with his teammates Chris Bosh and Lebron James. Their friendship and mutual love of great wine sparked a passion in Dwyane. Two years ago, he decided to follow his heart and make a great wine of his own. With the wine dream unshakably in his mind, he looked to his dear friend Jayson Pahlmeyer for guidance. For over 30 years Jayson Pahlmeyer has consistently produced iconic Napa Valley wines of power, finesse, and distinction. Jayson has been a leader in the world of fine wine and shares Wade’s bold and irrepressible spirit. Jayson invited Dwyane to witness harvest in the Napa Valley in 2014. Harvest is a very magical time in the Valley and sparked Dwayne’s dream of Wade Cellars. The combination of that 2014 harvest trip with Jayson’s wine business knowledge and Dwyane’s enthusiasm and joie de vivre Wade Cellars was born.”
Located in the hills of Carmel Valley, California is Indegene Cellars made by Raymond Smith. This estate produces a variety of wines, the Edna Valley Pinot Noir is what I’m most curious to try and they also make a Sangiovese Riserva. Learn more online here.
La Fete du Rose
As you know from reading my Top Rose Wines post on the blog here, I LOVE Rosé! So, of course, this winery, La Fete du Rosé immediately sparked my attention and is a winery that’s on the top of my list to try, after reading about their provincial style Rosé wine. Donae Burston, a luxury wine and spirits expert who’s worked in the industry over two decades launched La Fete du Rose, from the vineyards of Saint-Tropez. Donae worked for luxury brand LVMH (where I also worked at Louis Vuitton for 2 years). The goal of La Fete du Rosé is to share an old-world style Provencial Rosé made with Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah grapes. This Rosé is at the top of my list to try. Check it out and see what you think!
McBride Sisters Collection
If you’re in the mood for an inspiring sip, look no further than McBride Sisters Collection. Robin and Andréa McBride have turned the wine industry on its head with their highly regarded Black Girl Magic collection, which serves as the sisters’ ode to the inspiring black women of the past and present, and the SHE CAN Rosé is quite literally female empowerment in a can. Although I haven’t tried these yet I’m excited to and share more about their flavors and tastes.
Stuyvesant Champagne (Sparkling Wine)
This brand caught my attention as the Stuyvesant neighborhood was just blocks away from my old home in Gramercy Park, New York. This brand was founded by a financier, Robinson who named her Cuvee after her Bedford-Stuyvesant hometown in New York. I would love to try a New York made Sparkling Wine. Sounds like fun! Learn more about Stuyvesant Champagne here.
Theopolis Vineyards is a small lot vineyard and hand-crafted winery located in California’s Yorkville Highlands located within the Anderson Valley. As you’ve read, Anderson Valley is a region I adore in Northern California, read about some of my favorite Anderson Valley wineries in the region here. Next time I’m in the region I’ll be swinging my Theopolis Vineyards to hopefully meet winemaker Ms. Theodora Lee and taste these wines.
If you know of other fabulous Black Owned Wineries I should learn about please comment below or email me, Emily at jsfashionista.com and I’d love to check them out and possibly add them to this list. Thank you!