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Celebrate Pride: 10 LGBTQIAP+ Owned Wine Brands to Support This Month

Pride Month, celebrated every June, honors the Stonewall Riots of 1969—a pivotal moment in the fight for LGBTQIAP+ rights. The riots, sparked by a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, ignited a series of events that would change the course of LGBTQIAP+ activism. Today, Pride Month is a time for celebration, reflection, and continued advocacy for equality and acceptance for all sexual orientations and gender identities.

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Why Supporting LGBTQIAP+ Owned Brands Matters

Supporting LGBTQIAP+ owned brands is essential for fostering an inclusive and diverse market. It helps uplift communities that have historically been marginalized and provides opportunities for these entrepreneurs to thrive. By choosing products from LGBTQIAP+ owned businesses, we can celebrate their creativity, resilience, and contributions to the industry, ensuring their stories and successes are highlighted and valued.

10 LGBTQIAP+ Owned Wine Brands to Raise a Glass To

  1. Aslina Wines Founded by Ntsiki Biyela, Aslina Wines represents a pioneering spirit in the wine industry. Biyela, the first black female winemaker in South Africa, crafts wines that are a testament to her dedication and expertise. Aslina Wines offers a range of varietals that reflect the unique terroir of South Africa, with a commitment to quality and sustainability.

  2. Drink Cool Cat Cool Cat is more than just a wine spritzer; it's a lifestyle brand committed to celebrating diversity and individuality. Founded by Rocco Venneri, Cool Cat offers refreshing wine spritzers in sleek, stylish cans. Their beverages are perfect for those who appreciate a modern twist on traditional wine.

  3. Eco Terreno Wines Eco Terreno Wines, owned by Mark Lyon, is committed to organic and biodynamic farming practices. Their wines reflect a deep respect for the environment and a dedication to producing high-quality, sustainable wines. Located in Sonoma, Eco Terreno offers a variety of exceptional wines that honor both the land and the people who cultivate it.

  4. Gentleman Farmer Gentleman Farmer, co-founded by Jeff Durham and Joe Wolosz, offers handcrafted wines that embody elegance and sophistication. Their approach to winemaking emphasizes traditional techniques and meticulous attention to detail. Gentleman Farmer's wines are perfect for those who appreciate the finer things in life.

  5. Loving Cup Vineyard & Winery* Loving Cup Vineyard & Winery, owned by Karl and Deborah Hambsch, is known for its organic and sustainable wines. Located in Virginia, Loving Cup focuses on producing wines that are kind to the earth and delightful to drink. Their commitment to organic farming ensures that their wines are as pure and natural as possible.

  6. Majuscule Wine Majuscule Wine, founded by Greg Brickey and Jeff Davis, offers small-lot, handcrafted wines from Napa Valley. Their passion for winemaking is evident in every bottle, with a focus on producing wines that are balanced, nuanced, and expressive of their terroir. Majuscule's wines are a true labor of love.

  7. Mercury Wine Mercury Wine, owned by Brad Beard, offers a unique and eclectic range of wines that reflect his adventurous spirit. Located in Geyserville, California, Mercury Wine focuses on small-batch production, ensuring that each wine is crafted with care and precision. Their portfolio includes everything from traditional varietals to experimental blends.

  8. Ram Cellars Ram Cellars, founded by Vivianne Stardust Kennedy, is known for its bold, expressive wines. Located in Oregon, Ram Cellars emphasizes sustainable practices and a minimalist approach to winemaking. Their wines are a true reflection of the Pacific Northwest's diverse terroir and climate.

  9. Remy Wines Remy Wines, owned by Remy Drabkin, offers a selection of wines that are both innovative and rooted in tradition. Located in Oregon's Willamette Valley, Remy Wines focuses on Italian varietals and produces wines that are complex, balanced, and reflective of their origin. Drabkin's expertise and passion shine through in every bottle.

  10. Stuyvesant Champagne Stuyvesant Champagne, founded by Marvina Robinson, brings a touch of luxury and elegance to the world of sparkling wine. Named after the historically significant neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, Stuyvesant Champagne offers exquisite champagnes that are perfect for celebrating special occasions. Robinson's commitment to quality and excellence is evident in every sip.

By supporting these LGBTQIAP+ owned wine brands, we celebrate diversity, promote inclusivity, and enjoy some exceptional wines. Each of these brands brings a unique perspective to the table, enriching the wine industry with their creativity and passion. This Pride Month, let's raise a glass to these trailblazing entrepreneurs and their remarkable contributions to the world of wine.

Remember, this is just a starting point. Many other amazing LGBTQIAP+-owned brands deserve your support. Do your research and discover new favorites!

*[Not LGBTQIAP+-owned, but is LGBTQIAP+ friendly]

Because Diversity is the taste of life®!

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