Best Clean Wine Startups to Follow
Every year, new startups pull to the forefront of their industry through exciting innovation, tech, and industry-disrupting business models. We’ve rounded up the top clean wine startups of 2023 that startup-lovers, investors, and aspiring entrepreneurs should follow.
Disclaimer: With so many exciting wine startups launching and growing worldwide, we aren’t able to cover them all. Furthermore, the startups that are listed below are not officially ranked and are listed in no particular order.
- Location: San Diego, California
- Funding: Private
San Diego wine startup Sipwell saw a gaping hole in the wine market: there needed to be more canned beverages. So, founder Hilary Cocalis started the brand with no outside funding and a mission to make wine more sustainable. In addition to cans being more environmentally friendly than traditional glass bottles, Sipwell also sources sustainably-farmed grapes and recently released their first 100% organic product.
2. Empathy Wines (Acquired by Constellation Brands)
- Location: New York, New York
- Funding: Seed, Amount Unknown
Co-founded by entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, Empathy Wines is a direct-to-consumer brand focused on producing high-quality, sustainably-made wines. The company partners with farmers who resist unnecessary spraying and treatment and never use glyphosate. Although they are not organically certified, organic methods are used in many vineyard blocks. As a bonus, by selling exclusively online, Empathy cuts out the middleman — so a bottle of wine that costs $40 in the store may only be $20 on their app.
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3. Wijn Van Helène
- Location: Lochem, Netherlands
- Funding: Unknown
Dutch wine company Wijn Van Helène is an online shop that sells a full range of organic wines. Products on the site are tagged with “special quality marks,” indicating that they are organic, vegan, or grown using biodynamic agriculture. In addition, the site offers a range of responsibly sourced food products, such as olives and olive oil. All wines are from grapes grown in Italy and hand-picked for quality by the company owner.
4. MYSA Natural Wine
- Location: Northampton, Massachusetts
- Funding: Bootstrapped
Massachusetts-based Mysa Natural Wine delivers natural wines through its ecommerce platform and monthly subscription box service. The bootstrapped company hit $1 million in revenue during the pandemic and continues to grow. In 2020, they partnered with Eater to help get their wines into more markets. In addition to being passionate about natural wines, the brand is also woman-owned and supports empowering underrepresented communities.
- Location: Lyon, France
- Funding: Funding: Series Unknown, €5 Million
Oé is a committed organic wine brand located in France. All products are vegan, organic, and pesticide-free, made hand-in-hand with winemakers who understand their role in preserving the environment. The grapes are grown using bio-indicating plants, natural fertilizers, and even essential oils (when necessary). In addition, Oé corks are made using sustainable cork from an FSC forest, labels are made using recycled paper, and most of the bottles come from a deposit return system.
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6. Maker Wine
- Location: Novato, California
- Funding: Seed, $2.3 Million
California-based Maker Wine leverages different small-production wineries that use low-intervention and sustainable farming practices to make wines. Their products are five carbs or less, 0g sugar, and have minimal sulfur additions. Consumers can purchase their canned wines online anytime, but club members can order via text and access limited-edition, members-only wines.
7. Sans Wine Co.
- Location: Irvine, California
- Funding: Unknown
California-based Sans Wine Co. produces a full line of organic canned wines. The company’s name, Sans, literally, means “without.” In their case, without chemicals and additives. The company sources organically-grown grapes from environmentally-conscious growers to make natural wines. Sans abides by the Wine Industry Equity Pledge, which states that “It is the right of all who work in the wine industrUnknowny to thrive and make a livelihood in an empowering environment free of discrimination, assault, bullying, and other harmful behaviors.”
8. Boxt Wine
- Location: Austin, Texas
- Funding: Series A, $9.4 Million
Subscription boxed wine startup Boxt offers consumers blends of wine from around the world designed to fit specific flavor profiles. Their target audience is not people who enjoy top-shelf, aged alcohol but rather people who want to sip a glass on a Tuesday night. In addition to being an affordable option for most people, Boxt is on a mission to change environmental sustainability in the wine industry: a box of wine (which holds the same amount as four bottles) creates half the emissions of a single bottle.
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9. Baia’s Wine
- Location: Bagdati, Georgia
- Funding: Unknown
Baia’s Wine is a small family winery (with a big eco-friendly mission) in the Georgian village Obcha. Led by Baia Abuladze, the brand focuses on traditional winemaking techniques. Indigenous grapes grow on a small, five-acre farm, where they’re later buried underground in clay vessels (sans any additives) to ferment. All the wines are organic and biodynamic, and 90% of finished products end up in the US, where they’re sold in upscale restaurants.
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