As the weather warms up and the day parties with tastings begin to pour in, here is a list of four Black-owned wineries that every wine lover should add to their collection.
J. Moss Wines
James and Janet Moss had a dream of creating high quality, hand crafted, small lots of Cabernet Sauvignon from top Napa Valley appellations when they began J. Moss Wines. Founded in 2010, the winery is located in the southernmost part of the Napa in the Wine Crusher District. The estate describes its wine making style as one that produces “age-worthy yet full bodied, intense, complex and elegantly balanced wines.”
Eco.Love Wines was born out of a passion to respect the environment while creating great tasting wines founded by the dynamic sister duo Robin and Andrea McBride. Both sisters were raised around vineyards in different countries but reconnected through this venture in 1999. The two are the first Black sisters to establish their own wine company. Truvée Wines is the sisters’ latest venture, inspired by their personal story of discovery, friendship and sisterhood.
Founded in 1997 by New Orleans native of Creole descent, Iris Rideau, Rideau Vineyard is the first Black female owned winery in the United States. The brand is known for wines specifically highlighting Rhône varietals which have a balanced profile of distinct minerality, baking spices, and earthiness. Throughout the years, she has attracted wine enthusiasts from around the world to attend winery events that offer Creole cuisine paired with a specific Rhône varietal. The vineyard, located in Santa Barbara in the Santa Ynez Valley, offers a tasting room, open to the public.
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Meet Lio, our Cellar Master. Lio has been a vital part of the Rideau team for over 6 years. He’s always busy with all the important tasks our cellar requires, from cleaning and racking barrels, to monitoring fermentations, to the difficult and mutable art of organizing our barrel room. But his favorite part during harvest is savoring the sauna-like conditions while pressure washing the press after a long day of processing. If you’re on a tour to the winery or happen to see Lio working hard on your future wines, say hi! #meettheteam #cellarmaster #winemaking #wine #boutiquewine #winelover #boutiquewinery #losolivosdistrict #santabarbarawinecountry #santabarbara #vineyard #santaynezvalley #rideauvineyard
Abbey Creek Vineyard
Abbey Creek Vineyard, named after the creek that runs through the vineyard’s property in the west hills of Portland, Oregon. The vineyard originally produced grapes for local wineries before Bertony Faustin convinced his in-laws, the original owners of the vineyard, to let him make his own label onsite. Proudly proclaiming his abstinence from alcohol when he started the Vineyard in 2008, Faustin plants and maintains the vines himself, and is considered to be Oregon’s first recorded Black winemaker. Visitors can taste the label’s Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Rosé at the North Plains, Oregon winery by appointment.
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Two dope boyz on a haystack vs. Two dope boyz in a Cadillac; who did it better? Tomorrow we release “Daddy Phat Sacs” our 100% Oak’d Reserve Chardonnay. Only 10 cases will be released to the public. For those who purchased futures (pre-purchase) your bottle is available for pick up today! Check out our website at Abbeycreekvinyard.com for more details. Photo by @chadocreative @outkast @bigboi @andre3000 #twodopeboyzinacadillac