Winemaking is a centuries old profession originating in Old World France and yet, in 2021 little is still known about the rapidly increasing growth of diversity in the industry. Often absent from the narrative are the independently run, Black-owned wineries with roots dating back as far as the early 1940’s with John June Lewis, Sr. of Virginia. Serving as a vehicle to further increase awareness of the diversity in the wine industry, Urban Connoisseurs, in partnership with Uncorked & Cultured, are hosting the inaugural 2021 International Winemakers Summit (IWS) on February 19-21, 2021, as a virtual 3-day event highlighting some of the world’s most esteemed winemakers of African descent.
As we approach Black History Month, join us in embarking on a “Buy Black Wine” campaign to amplify wine industry professionals, distributors, wine shops, and wine reviews from winemakers of African descent. The multi platform campaign will create experiences to educate consumers in the growing legacy of diverse winemakers, and provide resources for wine enthusiasts to be intentional in supporting the advancement of equity in the wine industry. We will be releasing content throughout the month of February to compliment the upcoming International Winemakers Summit. The time is now to support Black winemakers globally!