About The Documentary
Oregon has grown from obscurity to one of the world's most renowned wine regions. The focus on premium Pinot noir has wineries commanding some of the highest prices in America. The signature Pinot Noir can be found in high end wine shops and restaurants around the globe. The pioneers of Oregon wine set an amazing stage. Their unwillingness to listen to naysayers established the foundation for a thriving wine community where just forty years ago none was thought possible. Yet today, in a region that prides it self on being an inclusive community, not all are asked to the table.
Red, White & Black is a passion project and the brainchild of Bertony Faustin, proprietor of Abbey Creek Vineyard in North Plains, Oregon. The first recorded Black winemaker in Oregon, Bertony began the Red, White & Black journey to help identify and tell the stories of other minority winemakers. As the project has taken shape, more minorities in winemaking have surfaced and an important story has become ever more important.
The purpose of Red White & Black is to tell the story of minority winemakers in Oregon. To highlight those people who are deeply entrenched, have their livelihood on the line but somehow are missed by the press and not often included openly in the larger Oregon wine community. This is to tell the story of what life is like, what hurdles, acceptances, challenges and opportunities exist. To share what it is like to be a person of color or LGBT in a generally white, high brow industry. But most importantly, this documentary is intended to encourage other minorities to step outside the boundaries put around them and pursue their dreams. If your dream is to make wine, then choose a path that will realize your dream as a winemaker.
How can YOU contribute?
Red, White & Black is an independently produced documentary funded by sweat, a can do spirit and our community. Without all three this project would never have made it past an idea and conversation. To take it down the path to completion will mean support from everyone who believes these stories should be told. Hit the link below to provide what support you can. Contribute as little as $5 or increase the qty to your desired amount. Better yet, come visit our North Plains tasting room to enjoy a day of wine tasting with Bertony Faustin, the man behind the idea that is Red, White & Black.