Rochester wine club holds first annual African American Vino Noir Wine Festival

Rochester wine club holds first annual African American Vino Noir Wine Festival

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Rochester is popping the cork on a growing but not well-known business.

The Willmont Wine Club held its first annual African American Vino Noir Wine Festival Sunday night.

The event was held at Rochester’s German House. It featured music, food, and, of course, wine, specifically from black owned wine makers.

The club held the event to show that such businesses actually exist.

Gwen Hurt, who works for Shoe Crazy Wine, wants people to see how much the industry is growing.

“Everyone needs to know that we’re here. We are a small subset and we are growing every day and we have some really beautiful wines that we can share with the community and, actually, my wine is sold and Singapore so I’ll say with the world,” Hurt said.

Many of these entrepreneurs are taking a sip of the industry after leaving other jobs.

Sean Bani of Markell Bani Fine Wines is one of many who got into the wine making business because it is unexpected.

“We didn’t want to open up another chicken shack or barbershop or anything. Not saying something wrong those businesses but we wanted to branch off into areas that are not commonly seen,” Bani said.

Some of the wine makers showed up trying to show off their creations and break into Western New York. Some already sell their wine internationally.

Organizers say they will be back to show off some of these growing businesses next year.

 

 

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