20 Black-Owned Wine and Spirit Brands You Should Know

Aug 05 2015

20 Black-Owned Wine + Spirit Brands You Should Know

From Virginia to California and beyond, you’ll find some of the richest and most flavorful wine and spirit brands owned and even produced by African Americans. Although less than 5% of the wineries in the United States are black-owned, the number is steadily growing. Of course, with such a small percentage around the country, it is essential that we make an effort to support these brands. Whether you’re a ‘kick back with a glass of merlot and surf Netflix’ type of person or more of a ‘turn up till TBD’ reveler, these 14 wines and spirits should be on your radar.

Be sure to click on the purchase links to buy online or find retailers near you.

** Update: Due to the overwhelming response and requests, we’ve added a few more wine and spirit brands to the list!

Brown Estate Wine

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The Napa Valley-based winery has been owned and operated by a husband and wife duo since its founding in 1980. Today, the sibling team Deneen, David, and Coral Brown are responsible for producing Brown Estate’s various wine selections which includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel.

Price Range: $40 – $125
Purchase: Online

 

Charles Wine Company

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Charles Wine Company is family-owned and managed with a portfolio of premium wines representing the rich diversity of the Western States: California (Northern, Central and Southern), Washington and Oregon appellations. Their wines are distributed under the labels Paul Charles Series, Cherise Sparkling Riesling and Symphony.

Price Range: $15 – $24
Purchase: Online

 

Cremas Absalon

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Cremas Absalon produces the traditional Haitian rum cream liqueur called Cremas with a twist. Made with sweet condensed milk, nutmeg and rum, it is the only alcoholic beverage infused with natural ingredients. They also produce rum-based ice cream with the same smooth flavor.

Price Range: $12 – $25
Purchase: Online

 

DESTINY Moscato

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DESTINY Moscato is a light and fresh sparkling Moscato wine. The palate is clean and crisp with fresh citrus flavors and a lively effervescence. Their wines have the perfect blend of sweet & citrus flavors reminiscent of fine champagne

Price Range: $29.99
Purchase: Online

 

Earl Stevens Selections

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Earl Stevens Selections offers three flavorful wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel. Owned by rapper and wine connoisseur, E-40. You can find Earl Stevens Selections online and at various retailers in Michigan, Kansas, Missouri, California, and more.

Price Range: $13.99 – $19.99
Purchase: Online + In Stores

 

Esterlina Wines

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Esterlina Vineyards is a California winery owned by four brothers and their father. Known for specializing in Pinot Noirs and Cabernet Sauvignon, each wine is created in three appellations, bottle by bottle.

Price Range: $24.00 – $95.00
Purchase: Online

 

FLO Wine

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Founded by internationally renowned Jazz musician Marcus Johnson, FLO wines include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, and Moscato. You can find them in stores nationwide.

Purchase: In Stores

 

Fou-Dre Vodka

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FOU-DRÉ is a five-time distilled ultra-premium vodka, naturally infused with pomegranate, lychee, kiwi, ginger, lime and no added sugars. The 80-proof (40% alcohol by volume) vodka can be purchased online and at various retailers in Georgia, Maryland, and DC. Owned by DC native, Chanel Turner.

Price Range: $44.99
Purchase: Online + In Stores

 

Heritage Link Brands

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Heritage Link Brands imports and produces wines with indigenous African vintners and people of African descent throughout the world. Today the company is the largest marketer of black-produced wine from Africa in the United States. Their list of wines include House of Mandela, M’hudi, One World, and Seven Sisters, all available online, in stores and at restaurants around the country. Owned by husband and wife team Khary and Selena Cuffe.

Price Range: $14.99 – $29.99
Purchase: Online + In Stores

 

Indigené Cellars

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Indigené Cellars is a small family-owned Winery nestled in the upper Carmel Valley of California. Producers of World Class Varietals and Noteworthy Blend, from Cabernet Sauvignon to Pinot Noir and more.

Price Range: $13 – $31
Purchase: Online

 

Love Cork Screw

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The lifestyle wine brand, Love Cork Screw, was founded in 2013 by Chicago-based entrepreneur Chrishon Lampley. The six different varietals include Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon, Niagara, and more. The grapes for LCS wines are carefully selected from various vineyards to give complexity, balance, and intensity of flavors. Available online and at various retailers in the Chicago area.

Price Range: $14.25 – $23.95
Purchase: Online + In Stores

 

Mouton Noir

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Mouton Noir produces unique garage wines, initially created for some of New York’s best restaurants. Founded by sommelier André Hueston Mack in 2007, the brand includes Pinot Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, and more. You can find Mouton Noir wines online and at various retailers nationwide.

Price Range: $16.99 – $75.00
Purchase: Online + In Stores

 

MYX Fusions

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Owned by one of the most iconic female recording artists today, Nicki Minaj, and entertainment business woman Mona Scott-Young, MYX Fusion produces Sangria and Moscato in 8 exciting flavors. Both lines are available across the country and in Canada, Australia, UK and Ireland.

Price: $9.99
Purchase: Online + In Stores

 

Rideau Wine

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Rideau Vineyard was founded in 1997 by New Orleans native Iris Rideau. Located in Santa Ynez Valley, Rideau specializes in wines that highlight Rhône varietals. Although they remain dedicated to small production, you can purchase their white and red varietals, along with their food and wine gift sets online.

Price Range: $22.00 – $66.50
Purchase: Online

 

Shoe Crazy Wine

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Shoe Crazy Wine offers a complex Cabernet Sauvignon, smooth Chardonnay, full bodied Red Blend, and a Classic Sauvignon Blanc. You can purchase their varietals online or in-stores.

Price Range: $20.28 – $26.70
Purchase: Online + In-Stores

 

Sociologie Wine

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Sociologie Wine is a beautiful collection of specialty wines that are delicious and stylish! There are two varietals’, ‘Blushing Rose’ and ‘Red Berry’ that reflects a chic celebratory experience. Owned by Amy Hampton.

Price: $9.78
Purchase: Online + In-Stores

 

Still Moon Moonshine

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Still Moon Moonshine is a premium, natural fruit-Flavored, 100% corn whiskey. 100 & 60 Proof. Available in 5 different flavors: Strawberry, Peach Cobbler, Lemon Drop, Apple Pie, and Special Reserve. You can find Still Moon at various locations in Texas and Indiana.

Purchase: In-Stores

 

Sway Vodka

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Sway Vodka was founded in 2012 by husband and wife duo David and Meia Dunn. The five times distilled vodka is corn-based, gluten free, and handcrafted in small batches. You can find it at various retailers and bars in Missouri.

Purchase: In-Stores

 

Theopolis Wine

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Theopolis Vineyards is a small lot vineyard and hand-crafted winery located in California. Trial lawyer and owner Theodora Lee began distributing her wine, including a Petite Sirah and Symphony, in 2014. You can find them online or visit the vineyard in Yorkville, CA.

Price Range: $20.00 – $36.00
Purchase: Online

Wisdom Oak Wine

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What began as a hobby for owner Jerry Bias blossomed into a full-blown winery in North Garden, Virginia. Today Wisdom Oak remains the only African American owned and operated vineyard on the East Coast and was the only Virginia wine served at the white house and at the 2013 inaugural ball. You can purchase their wines, ranging from Chardonnay to Cabernet Franc online.

Price Range: $20.00 – $27.00
Purchase: Online

57 Comments

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  • Richard Massengale 11/15/2016 at 5:53 pm

    There is only 2 wine company off this list in TOTAL WINE & MORE… Earl Stephens (E40) & Flo.

    Why is this?

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    • Robin 01/03/2017 at 11:09 am

      That’s not unusual. Total can’t ship to every state nor can the winemakers. See if there are stores in your area. Mouton Noir is the leading black winemaker and is in 49 states and 13 countries. Buy from the winemakers.

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  • Clifford Ruffin 11/11/2016 at 12:52 pm

    I am seeking a partners for developing beverage events globally. I look forward to hearing from you.
    CB Ruffin at 847-220-4627.

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  • Chaunci King 10/28/2016 at 2:06 pm

    Please add Miru vodka black female owned vodka company

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    • kyle s 11/04/2016 at 7:38 pm

      @ Chaunci King, have Miru Vodka submit a profile. We’ll add immediately once that’s done.

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  • Erica Weiss 09/01/2016 at 8:17 pm

    You forgot about Vanessa Braxton, Toni Braxton’s Cousin who is the owner of Black Momma Vodka in several states and in Hong Kong. Vanessa is a licensed Distiller and Master Blender and just finished building her own 5000 sq. ft Micor Distillery in NY. First Black Woman owned Micro Distillery with a Nationally Distributed Vodka, In addition, it’s a Tea Processing Plant and Bottling Facility that’s FDA Registered, Kosher Certified and Organic Certified.
    Please look at sites http://www.blackmommavodka.com and blackmommateas.com

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  • Latasha Parker 07/23/2016 at 10:52 am

    I love this. I love wine. I’m glad I found a directory of black owned business in the wine industry. I do have a question. I want to start my own wine business. I’m looking for a company, a warehouse who does private labeling. I want to use a black owned private labeling company to start my own business. Do you know any? Can you direct me to the right direction? Thank you.

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  • Victoria S 07/11/2016 at 4:45 pm

    Hi – this is awesome. Thanks for researching, compiling and sharing this info. Please add Vodkila which is a vodka and tequila blend owned by my family.. Thanks

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    • Pamella Johnson 07/14/2016 at 6:16 pm

      I did not know Vodquila is Black owned. I have to purchase online because it isn’t available in North Carolina. I really enjoyed the smooth, clean taste which makes it difficult to not over consume. I will definitely repurchase but hope it makes it ABC shelves. Good Luck.

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  • Stephania Laguer 07/11/2016 at 8:54 am

    Bou’Jae Vodka is African American.owned by a female ans its gluten free, allergen.free, non gmo and ultra premium. AVAILABLE SO FAR IN 4 states and online. http://Www.boujae.com
    @boujaevodka

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  • Carl 03/25/2016 at 9:37 pm

    I know you can’t know them all but there is one Black Female Spirit producer that’s up and coming. It’s Savile Premium Rumtini. It’s a ready to drink rum based martini that’s really smooth and getting popular in California and Nevada.. I think they do internet sales too. Check it out at drinksavile.com.

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  • Paige Dew Ewing 12/05/2015 at 8:25 pm

    Thanks. This information is new to me. I live in the Bay Area and Napa Valley is a short drive from me. Carmel, CA is not that far away. I’m looking forward to visiting several, or more of the Vineyards owned by my African American Sisters and Brothers. Got to support my People.
    This is truly heaven on earth.
    Thanks for opening my eyes.
    Paige

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  • Troy 11/08/2015 at 9:26 am

    Great list but you can’t leave off one of the BEST Pinot Noir makers Mac McDonald of Vision Cellars!
    http://visioncellars.com/

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  • RAYMOND Ramos 11/05/2015 at 7:52 pm

    How can place our brand on the list, please contact me 407-949-2985

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  • Charles B 11/03/2015 at 2:14 pm

    Have you guys heard about the new vodka called MVP Vodka down in Dallas, Tx made by some black ex-NFL players?? It’s really good and made from wheat, they have a bunch of athletes jumping on board and they do bottle signings all over the state!! Check them out http://www.mvpvodka.com they should be in this article too!

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  • Denise 11/03/2015 at 8:46 am

    I am very excited and proud of what I just witnessed. A+. Great information to keep and share

    I am supporting them all

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  • Alvin Jones 10/25/2015 at 3:34 pm

    Very interesting to know. Very proud of what I saw. Will buy and sample some

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  • LTaylor 10/23/2015 at 3:30 pm

    Only African American family owned & operated winery in The Southeast Region of North America

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    • OBWS 08/29/2015 at 9:17 pm

      Nice, Just added this to the directory.

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      • Priest Glenn 07/27/2016 at 12:44 am

        Great information. Please check out our website at lesjeuxchampagne.net. We are also a black owned spirits company and would be honored to be added to the directory. Thanks in advance,
        Priest Glenn

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    • OBWS 08/29/2015 at 9:17 pm

      Thank you! Added to the list.

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  • Melvin Foote 08/12/2015 at 2:09 pm

    You mean no Thunderbird?

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    • OBWS 08/29/2015 at 9:18 pm

      Can you send the link to their site?

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  • Rosemsry 08/12/2015 at 2:13 am

    Raymond Smith is owner, winemaker and operator of Indigene Cellars in Ca. Winery is in Carmel Ca. Raymond has been involved in the wine industry for over 20 years which is why he continues to priduce some if the most amazing reds yesr after year. Can be purchased online.

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  • Vaughn Filmore 08/11/2015 at 10:10 pm

    You missed a very good black owned winery in Napa Valley…Sosobe (Fun in Portugese) Wines…..they produce a wonderful Cabernet as well as a five varietal blend called Fernebache (A festival in Cape Verde)

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    • OBWS 08/29/2015 at 7:29 pm

      Do you have a link to their site? We tried doing a search for this and unfortunately couldn’t find it.

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  • erika simon 08/11/2015 at 5:03 am

    You should also check out Still Moon. Owned by a group of brothers based out of Indianapolis.

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  • Viviana 08/10/2015 at 4:48 pm

    This is valued info.

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  • Shantel 08/10/2015 at 10:10 am

    This makes me smile so bright!!! I had no idea about these brands. I feel like I want to host a wine party now. Thank you for sharing this!! I’m going to share this on my blog once it launches!!!!

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  • Terri M 08/09/2015 at 10:50 pm

    This makes me smile. Positive Black Ownership…. Love it!

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  • Angela 08/09/2015 at 10:22 pm

    What about Gabriel Union’s Chardonnay, vanilla pudding? It is great!

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  • Marcia 08/09/2015 at 9:53 pm

    There are over 35 Black owned wineries worldwide. Visit http://www.urbanconnoisseurs.com and click on the Wineries link to view the list. And, it’s growing. Just found three in Oregon to add.

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  • veracole03@yahoo.com 08/09/2015 at 9:22 pm

    Their is an African American female wine owner named Amy Hampton based out of Texas, her brand name is Sociologie Wines.Sociologie wine is sold online and at Walmart, Win Dixie- Florida, and Specs and several Specialty Stores. Check out her brand, it is awesome!! This young lady is doing huge things in the Wine&Spirit industry.

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  • Jo 08/07/2015 at 8:45 am

    I love this… Great information to pass along to my friends and family

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  • Sanaa Brooks 08/06/2015 at 11:12 pm

    I absolutely love this! I knew about Nicki’s but didn’t know there were so many others! These brands are never advertised! Thanks for posting this!

    ~ Sanaa
    http://www.sanaabrooks.com

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  • Desiree Burns 08/06/2015 at 4:22 pm

    Great jnfo

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