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Wine Enthusiast Podcast: The Story of Iris Rideau, the First Black Woman to Own a Winery in the U.S.

Illustration by Michelle Mruk

Over the last few years, there’s been a lot of conversations about diversity and inclusion within the wine industry. While there have been great strides, the industry has a long way to go. But it’s people like Iris Rideau that highlight the diverse backgrounds in wine.

From growing up in New Orleans during Jim Crow to being the first Black woman to own a winery in the U.S., Rideau is a pioneer in the industry.

In this episode, assistant editor Jacy Topps unpacks Rideau’s trailblazing story to becoming the first Black woman to own a winery (and everything she did in between).