African-American Winemakers

Sugarleaf Vineyards

Image of Sugarleaf Vineyards via Snooth

Black Coyote Chateau: top Napa Chateau founded in 2000, owned by African American Dr. Ernest Bates, Founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of American Shared Hospital Services, and his partners Dr. Olin Robison, Jack Ruffle, Stanley S. Trotman and Vanessa Robledo (see A Short History of African American Winemakers).

Branch Cellars: small production, family winery in California run by Jonathan Branch.

Brown Estate: Napa winery (1995) owned by the Brown family. Winegrower David F. Brown makes Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

Divas Uncorked: a collective of “women who sip”, educate and put on events in the Boston area and beyond.

Esterlina Vineyards: a family-owned, California boutique winery located near the Mendocino coast. Esterlina owns the only vineyard in the Cole Ranch Appellation, which is America’s smallest American Viticultural Area (AVA).

Rideau Vineyard:  founder Iris Rideau makes Rhône-inspired in the heart of New Orleans, in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Running Tigers: Syrah making winery in Sacramento founded by Daniel Bryant.

Sugarleaf Vineyards: a great vineyard in Virginia, founded in 2004 by Jerry and Lauren Bias.

Sharp Cellars: Sonoma vineyard founded in 1998, owned by Vance Sharp III, producing Zinfandel, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir.

Vision Cellars:  boutique winery specializing in Pinot Noir.  Established in 1995, the first release was the 1997 vintage.


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