When I am given a wine sampling opportunity, interview opportunity, or a press trip invitation, I confirm that the PR firm has invited BIPOC wine professionals. I have been using Julia Coney’s Black Wine Professionals website as a resource for finding those professionals (i.e. writers, sommeliers, educators, consultants, etc).
Below is a listing of black-owned wineries. Going back to my tenet of supporting black-owned businesses. The focus is here in the United States, but some international wineries are listed as well. Support these businesses with a bottle purchase. Consider swapping out one of your wine clubs and joining one of these clubs instead.
In the spirit of giving back, which is a value that my grandmother worked so hard to instill in me, I am donating 10% of proceeds from ALL of my Virtual Vino online tastings to Wine Unify.
The Mission of Wine Unify:
Obstacles to wine education include funding, mentorship, and/or a general feeling of exclusion. Wine Unify seeks to unite all three by way of several sponsored funding initiatives for underrepresented minorities intended to:
- Firstly, WELCOME those who have an interest in wine but do not currently work in the field.
- Secondly, ELEVATE and support the careers of existing wine industry professionals of color who seek further education.
- In addition, AMPLIFY the diverse voices of professionals, who are they themselves underrepresented minorities, that currently exist within the wine industry.
If you’d like to make a donation to Wine Unify, please click the button below.