Delta Air Lines Partners with the First Female-Owned and Operated Winery
Delta does it – AGAIN! The pro-woman business purveyor has teamed up with the first-ever female-founded Napa Valley-based winery to serve up something delightfully refreshing on your next flight.
The commercial airline has officially collaborated with the original black female-run Brown Estate Winery and is set to serve the brand’s signature sips during the airline’s select flights. Carlyne Scott, a spokesperson for Delta’s black community resource group, initially proposed the collab to commemorate Black History Month last year, but the initiative has since become a long-term partnership between the two companies. Delta Domestic One passengers can now kick back with two of Brown Estate’s most sought-after beverages during the 2019-2020 winter travel season – the 2017 Betelgeuse Sauvignon Blanc and the 2017 Chaos Theory red blend. The palate-pleasing wines will be served in business class on select Delta Flights through winter travel. Delta campaigned the upcoming collaboration with complimentary in-flight sample servings for their thirsty passengers during a recent New York-bound flight from San Francisco.
“Partnering with innovative, diverse suppliers from certified small, minority, and women-owned businesses like Brown Estate’s is fundamental to Delta’s strategy to keep climbing year-round,” says Vice President and Head of Supply Chain Management at Delta, Heather Ostis. “Seeking employee perspectives and leveraging unique ideas brings us closer to that goal while creating the highest quality experience for our customers.” Founded in 1996 after inheriting a vineyard in Northern California’s idyllic Napa Valley from their parents, Bassett and Marcela Brown, siblings Deneen, David, and Coral Brown honed their love of wine-making and bought the 450-plus acres of vineyards within the Chiles Valley American Viticultural Area and has since grown the small company exponentially. “We are delighted to partner with Delta Air Lines,” Brown Estate President, Deneen Brown, told The Atlanta Black Star. “Delta’s all-in commitment to the spirit of inclusion and to their wine program are perfectly aligned with our core values at Brown Estate.”
Located in the heart of quaint downtown Napa Valley, California, Brown Estate Winery is home to some of the most prestigious bottles of wine in the world. What started in 1996 after cultivating what would become the brand’s first bottle of Brown Zin, has grown into a boutique, hospitable, family-run beverage business. In January 2000, Brown Estate introduced three vintages at the famous, annual ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates and Producers) Grand Tasting in near-by San Francisco. And, in 2016, bottled their 20th vintage vino! The booming business has developed primarily through exposure to a diverse audience, customer retention, and tried-and-true word-of-mouth. The winery and vineyard unveiled the highly-anticipated Brown Downtown tasting room in April 2017 in an effort to make their signature wines and unparalleled hospitality experience more accessible to tourists and locals alike. The expanding brand currently employs a diverse team of 19 employees. To learn more and/or make reservations, be sure to visit brownestate.com. Be sure to follow the vino virtuosos on the ‘Gram @brownestate.
Wine a little. You’ll feel better.