This month we are excited to launch a new co-branded wine in partnership with Phil Long and Longevity wines. In this special 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, two hearts become one—as Longevity Wines and ONEHOPE bind together as a force for change.
Phil Long is founder of Longevity Wines and the President of the Association of African American Vintners (AAAV). Phil and his wife, Debra, founded Longevity in 2008 when they started making wine as a hobby in their garage in Livermore, California. Avid wine drinkers and lovers of wine country, “wine is part of the fabric of life in Northern California,” Phil said. The brand quickly grew, and in just 10 years they were named Livermore Valley’s winery of the year.
Debra came up with the name Longevity, and Phil designed the iconic heart as part of their logo. Phil gave Debra artisan glass hearts every Valentine’s Day, and over the years she built quite the collection. The Longevity heart logo has many hearts within it, in addition to grapes and vines, to symbolize their love for wine and one another.
Sadly, Debra passed away in 2019 of pancreatic cancer. Phil has that same heart logo tattooed on his sleeve and on every bottle of Longevity made. “She knows she will always be with me, and part of every step of the journey.” Phil’s son, Phil Jr., has been his Assistant Winemaker since 2016.
Purpose has always played a role in Phil’s life, but even stronger after Debra’s passing. In addition to supporting Lustgarden Foundation, Phil serves as the President of the Association of African American Vintners (AAAV).
“African American winemakers/owners make up less than 1% of the population of winemakers/owners in this country. Diversity is missing.” Phil noted. The Association of African American Vintners is a 501(c)(6) non-profit founded in 2002 to provide a support network for African American vintners and wine industry professionals, ensure the availability of wine education, and access to career enhancement opportunities, while bringing wine country lifestyles and fine wine to consumers.
“A huge part of ONEHOPE’s vision is about not only democratizing the Napa wine tasting experience for more people in more places, but also making the industry at large more inclusive for groups that have been historically left out. It starts with our female winemaker and three female co-founders, extends to our balanced board and executive representation, and has scaled to a community of thousands of Cause Entrepreneurs comprised of 99% women, 50%+ moms, and 40%+ minorities,” Jake Kloberdanz, ONEHOPE Founder & CEO passionately shared.
Along with Phil Long and Bronco Wine Company, this partnership proudly has donated $18,000 to the Association of African American Vintners We invite our customers to select the African American Vintners Association (EIN: 74-3217547) as their cause of choice to further our impact, and 10% of your entire purchase will further support their mission.
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