Wineries with Black Proprietors, Winemakers and Growers - Wine & Spirits Magazine

Wineries with Black Proprietors, Winemakers and Growers

The recent political unrest that followed the killing of George Floyd has shed a spotlight on racial inequities in the US. Winemaking is one area where African Americans are significantly under represented compared to their white counterparts. In fact, less than one percent of US wineries are black-owned or have black winemakers—a statistic that parallels the number of US farmers who are black.

Phil Long. Photo by Ron Essex.

“I believe the small percentage is due to the fact that there has been a serious lack of awareness: both that a career path exists and that there actually are black winemakers and proprietors in the industry,” says Phil Long, owner of Longevity Wines and president of the Association of African American Vintners. “One of my primary goals as president is to increase exposure for black winemakers in the industry today and establish a career path through scholarships and internships to help inspire the black winemakers of tomorrow.”

Here is a list of wineries that are black-owned, or have black winemakers or winegrowers.


Central Coast

Indigené Cellars
Paso Robles, CA

Longevity Wines
Livermore, CA
Proprietor Phil Long is the president of the Association of African American Vintners.

McBride Sisters Collection
Oakland, CA

Oceano Wines
San Luis Obispo, CA


Theopolis Vineyards
Yorkville, CA

Thomas T. Thomas Vineyard
Philo, CA

Napa Valley

Brown Estate
Napa, CA

Darjean Jones Wines
Napa, CA

J. Moss Wines
Napa, CA

Okapi Wines
Napa, CA


Bodkin Wines
Healdsburg, CA

Corner 103
Sonoma, CA

L’Objet Wines
Healdsburg, CA

Monte Rosso Vineyard
Sonoma, CA
Brenae Royal, the vineyard manager for E & J Gallo’s Monte Rosso Vineyard, is one of California’s few (if not only) black female winegrowers.

P. Harrell Wines
Sonoma, CA

Tympany Vineyards
Healdsburg, CA

Vision Cellars
Windsor, CA


Abbey Creek Vineyard
North Plains, OR
In 2012, Bertony Faustin of Abbey Creek Vineyard became the first known black winemaker in Oregon.

Maison Noir Wines
McMinnville, OR

ROCO Winery
Newberg, OR


Jenny Dawn Cellars
Wichita, KS


ZAFA Wines
Burlington, VT
In 2018, Krista Scruggs started converting a 10-acre vineyard in Grand Isle to biodynamic farming and, in two years, has expanded her farming to more than 100 acres.


Frichette Winery
Benton City, WA

is the tasting coordinator for US wines at Wine & Spirits magazine.

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