While certain regions and demographics have predominantly represented the wine industry, the emergence of Black-owned wineries brings a fresh and unique perspective to this timeless craft. According to a recent study by Dr. Monique Bell, "Terroir Noir: 2020 Study of Black Wine Entrepreneurs," of the 11,000 wineries based in the U.S., less than 1 percent are Black-owned or have Black winemakers.
On a global level, the industry doesn't fare much better, but there is growth in Black ownership and winemaking in South Africa. These winemakers are making their mark, demonstrating their prowess in creating exceptional vintages that captivate the senses and redefine the boundaries of excellence.
Today, we spotlight these Black winemakers, celebrate their contributions, and highlight their incredible achievements in the vineyards and beyond. Learn more and explore the stories, the passion, and the wines that have made these vintners rise above the rest. From their innovative approaches to winemaking to their deep-rooted connections to their ancestral lands, we delve into the rich tapestry of their experiences, celebrating the cultural and historical significance woven into every bottle they produce.
RED BEAR WINERY:
Red Bear Winery, a boutique family-owned label nestled in Sonoma, California, has garnered attention with its remarkable 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon. Founded by father-son duo Wayne and Samuel Jordan, this collaboration represents their shared love for premium wines and a commitment to producing exceptional vintages in the renowned Alexander Valley.
Wayne Jordan, a prominent figure in real estate development, embarked on a new adventure in 2018 when he joined forces with his son, Samuel, to establish Red Bear Winery. As an entrepreneur and wine connoisseur, Samuel Jordan developed his affinity for wines during his time in Barcelona and Madrid. Influenced by the rich wine culture, he embraced the notion of a versatile wine that transcends boundaries and can be savored in any setting.
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