Lashonda Fort

Lashonda Fort

  • Founder, Melanated Wine
  • [Winery]

Lashonda Fort Modest is the dynamic force behind Melanated Wine, a groundbreaking winery in Durham and the first woman- and Black-owned establishment of its kind in the area. With an unwavering commitment to diversity and representation, Lashonda has created a space where culture, heritage, and craftsmanship intersect in every bottle.

Born from Lashonda's deep appreciation for wine and her desire to challenge the lack of inclusivity in the industry, Melanated Wine is a testament to her vision and determination. Lashonda’s entrepreneurial spirit has allowed her to showcase her unique blend of artistry and innovation.

Melanated Wine stands out not only for its exceptional quality but also for its focus on highlighting the richness and diversity of the wine world. Lashonda carefully selects grapes from vineyards that embrace sustainable practices and partners with winemakers who share her passion for crafting exquisite wines that tell a story.

Lashonda's role as a trailblazer extends beyond the boundaries of her winery. She actively engages with the community, hosting events that celebrate Black culture and educate wine enthusiasts about the history and significance of the wines she produces. Through tastings, workshops, and collaborations with local artists, Lashonda fosters an environment where everyone feels welcome and can explore the world of wine with a fresh perspective.

As the owner of Melanated Wine, Lashonda Fort Modest has become a role model and inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs, particularly women and people of color. Her dedication to breaking barriers and creating opportunities has not only transformed Durham's wine scene but has also paved the way for a more inclusive and diverse industry as a whole.

With each bottle of Melanated Wine, Lashonda invites wine lovers to embark on a journey of flavor, culture, and empowerment. Her pioneering spirit and commitment to celebrating diversity continue to shape the wine landscape, setting a new standard for excellence and representation in the industry.

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