African American women are cultivating success and living the “grapelife” in the U.S. wine industry — a field that traditionally has lacked a diverse landscape.
Entrepreneurs such as Nichelle and Nicole Nichols founded The Guilty Grape, a wine centered lifestyle brand providing a community platform for new wine drinkers.
Behind the scenes in the business aspect of the industry, people such as Kelly Mitchell, a wine consultant, help curate wine collections for companies and independent wine collectors.
NBCBLK spoke with women in the field about how they are harvesting and reaping rewards in the wine industry.
The McBride Sisters
The McBride sisters’ life story is right out of a soap opera.
The half-sisters grew up on two different continents and never knew about each other. The’r father’s dying wish was that the two girls meet.
Robin, who grew up in California, learned she had an younger sister named Andrea who grew up in New Zealand. As their relationship developed..