California Wine Guide: 9 BIPOC Wineries To Visit This Summer
July 10, 2023
WHERE TO FIND AWARD-WINNING WINERIES ALONG NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WINE TRAILS
Northern California and wine go together like Beyonce and honey blonde curls. There’s just some things that cannot be separated.
With summer in full effect, we’ve put together the perfect list of BIPOC owned wineries nestled in the heart of California’s wine country. Home to some of the finest wines in the country, Northern California is a superior harvesting region with over 200 wineries offering breathtaking scenery, fine dining, and, of course, tantalizing wines.
Grab your bestie or plan a date night because these 9 BIPOC-owned wineries are an absolute must this summer.
Sonoma, CA | Black Owned
With exquisite flavors and delightful vibes, Corner 103 Winery is truly an unforgettable wine and dine experience. Voted Best Wine Tasting Room in America, Corner 103’s award-winning wines are enough to turn a novice into a wine connoisseur. The warm and welcoming atmosphere easily allows guests to enjoy their wine in a non-intimidating way.
Blistey’s Recommendation: 2019 Sonoma Valley Zinfandel
Napa Valley, CA | Black Owned
Known as an urban wine oasis, Brown Estate is a gorgeous winery and vineyard located in the Napa Valley. The rich history of this black-owned vineyard is almost as rich as their wine tasting experience offered at their stunning downtown tasting room. Found in the heart of downtown Napa, guests are able to enjoy a wide portfolio of wines ranging from a divine Chardonnay to a delectable Cabernet Sauvignon.
Blistey’s Recommendation: 2019 Rosemary’s Block Zin
Napa Valley, CA | Latinx Owned
Ceja Vineyard offers guests an one-of-a-kind wine tasting experience – packed full of rich heritage and boundless taste. This Mexican-American family affair is home to some of Napa’s most decadent premium Carneros-based wines with crisp, bold flavors that can pierce through the toughest crowd’s palate.
Blistey’s Recommendation: 2019 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Napa Valley, CA | South Asian Owned
Join the Patels in one of their Napa Valley tasting rooms for a luscious surprise. Patel Winery curates alluring Bordeaux-varietal wines that radiate the elegance of Napa Valley. In addition to offering in-person tastings, Patel Winery allows budding and seasoned connoisseurs alike to host private tasting sessions from the comfort of their home or a favorite local restaurant – creating a memorable experience.
Blistey’s Recommendation: 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Coombsville
Sonoma, CA | Latinx Owned
Family is everything to the owners of the Enriquez Estate Wines, which is why the micro-winery was founded on three simple principles: Good wine, good food and good friends. Located in the Petaluma Gap section of the Sonoma Coast, Enriquez Estate is a family owned winery specializing in limited production of Sonoma Coast, Russian River, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, and Muscat. Wine tastings are offered by appointment only. The Enriquez family is ready to help you spot quality wine at their wine tasting room.
Blistey’s Recommendation: 2017 Reserve Pinot Noir
Lodi, CA | Asian Owned
Mikami Vineyards has produced quality grapes for over 120 years. In commemoration of their father who managed their 15-acre vineyard for 40 years, the family owned estate now produces single vineyard, artisanal wines curated for those with a refined palate. Perfectly positioned on some of Cali’s best soil, Mikami Vineyards serves as an “ideal environment” for Zinfandel and Petite Sirah varietals. While the gorgeous estate does not offer a public tasting room, their delectable wines can be purchased through the website.
Blistey’s Recommendation: 2021 Rosé of Zinfandel
Napa, CA | Latinx Owned
Mi Sueño Winery cultivates the wine of your dreams. In 2003, specialty winemakers, Rolando and Loren Herrera, decided it was time to stop outsourcing their grapes from vineyards companies and got to work on producing deliciously pure wines from their own eight-estate vineyard. Offering both virtual and in-person tastings, their in-house wine educators are equipped to help you expand your knowledge of wines.
Blistey’s Recommendation: 2019 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Healdsburg, CA | Latinx Owned
Winemakers Francisco and Monica Lopez decided to turn their passion into a reality as a way to honor their immigrant parents. Aldina Vineyards is a boutique winery known for their exquisite Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays. Sauvignon Blancs, Rosé of Cabernets, and Bordeaux red blends. Guest can enjoy a variety of limited production premium wines at their tasting room in Healdsburg, California.
Blistey’s Recommendation: 2021 Rosé of Cabernet
Clarksburg, CA & Capay Valley, CA | Indigenous Owned
Prominently known for their rich, prize-worthy olive oils, Séka Hills continues to showcase nature’s delicious bounty with their delectable estate grown wines. Situated in the blue hills of Northern California, Séka Hills which translates to Blue Hills in the native Patwin language is an agricultural product line born from the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. Wine tastings are available at their two tasting rooms in Capay Valley and Clarksburg, California.
Blistey’s Recommendation: 2018 Tannat Seka Hills
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