Camillya Masunda, an entrepreneur from Charlotte, North Carolina, has launched Ebony Wine & Spirits, the only Black-owned winery and spirits company in her hometown
Along with making history, the single mother is committed to providing her daughter with generational wealth.
Camillya claims to have always enjoyed wine and has long wished to contribute to the diversification of the wine business.
Less than 1% of all wineries in the United States are run by Black women, according to Travel Noire.
Just doing my research and understanding that we were the 1%, I felt like it was a call to arms about what you are you going to do about it,” Masunda told Spectrum Local News.
Last year, she launched Ebony Wine & Spirits in Charlotte. The brand currently offers four varietals of white and red wines they developed as inspired by her family’s Congolese roots.
It is currently sold in stores across the southeast, with future launches coming in New York, Texas, and Florida.
Furthermore, Lanayah, who is a senior in high school, is also heavily active with the company.
She is the creative director of the company, and together with her mother, they are committed to ensuring that the brand emphasizes Black excellence and Black luxury.
Ebony Wine & Spirits, according to Camillya, “celebrates culture.” It is culture contained in a bottle.