First Black-Owned Winery in Loudoun County Aims to Appeal to All ‘Palettes’

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. (WDVM) — If you’ve ever tasted wine, you’ve probably tasted a beverage that didn’t appeal to your taste buds. Maybe it was too bitter, too dry, or just didn’t go well with your meal. Now, a new wine company aims to change that.

Fifty Leven, a wine brand created by Loudoun resident Kindra Dionne, officially launched in October. The name, which is a southern expression for “many,” pays homage to Dionne’s native roots in Richmond, Virginia.

Like a palette of paintings, the collection offers different types of wines and tastes. The brand consists of five wines, designed to perfectly accompany any meal.

“Our culture, our history, our upbringing contribute to how we season and flavor our food, and it generally helps shape our own palates. Wine is the same way,” Dionne said.

The inspiration came when Dionne was attending events in the community, noting that many in attendance would not finish their drinks.

“Most of the time at networking events they serve cheap table wine without much flavor. It doesn’t go well with the appetizers they make,” she said.

Dionne set out to solve the problem by enlisting a friend and Loudoun winemaker, Doug Fabbioli, to guide her. New to the world of wine, Dionne spent hours researching the science of different palettes to create her brand Fifty Leven.

“The wines you’re going to experience are less acidic, they’re going to be sweeter in tannin and overall composition, so you’re going to get a lot more of that flavor that’s going to accentuate the food,” Dionne said.

As if launching a business wasn’t success enough, Fifty Leven is the first black-owned winery in Loudoun County — and it hopes it won’t be the only one for long.

“At first I was intimidated by it, but then I celebrated. I’m going to open the door so I won’t be the last,” Dionne said. a path for you. I want to show people that it’s possible.”

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