Ole’ Orleans Joins ESSENCE Food and Wine Festival 2022

New Orleans Native & Ole’ Orleans Owner, Kim Lewis will be headlining the first-ever ESSENCE Food and Wine Festival -- Discussing how black women dominate the Spirits industry.

(New Orleans - June 30, 2022) - Award-winning Winery Ole’ Orleans Wines CEO Kim Lewis will be at ESSENCE Festival® as it returns for the first time in two years. As the first black-owned winery in New Orleans and the only one in the city, Kim Lewis is proud to be featured at the event.

ESSENCE Festival® of Culture presents the ESSENCE Eats Food and Wine Festival at The Sugar Mill and Mississippi River Heritage Park, happening June 30 - July 3, 2022, for the first time in its history. Attendees can enjoy NOLA in a bottle through the rich flavors of creole and cajun thanks to Kim’s diverse assortment of wines. ESSENCE Eats Food and Wine Festival will have, King of Carnival and Vieux Carré, of the Ole’ Orleans collection available for purchase at the bar.

On the opportunity to join the ESSENCE Festival®! Connoisseur and CEO Kim Lewis had this to say: “My brand started with a thought, and eventually became my reality. If you had presented this opportunity ten years ago, I would have laughed and walked off.”

Kim Lewis’ Ole’ Orleans Wines, established in 2018, has become one of the fastest-growing Black woman-owned wineries in the south. In the vast collection of Ole’ Orleans wines, 12 have been featured on the shelves of major retailers such as Trader Joe's and Costco Wholesale. Kim embraces everything that is “Naturally Nawlins” and continues to show her love for the city, its people, and its rich history through Ole’ Orleans.

For more information on Ole’ Orleans please visit the website.


About Ole’ Orleans:

Ole’ Orleans Wines is a tribute to New Orleans and its historic legacy. Richly flavored, New Orleans' very own handcrafted wines are created in Louisiana. La Nouvelle-Orléans, located along the Mississippi River is well known for its Creole and Cajun roots, displaying its French and Spanish heritage through an elegant decay.

Since 2018, Ole’ Orleans Wines have been producing some of the finest wines in the market. We are passionate about serving our clientele with the great taste and quality they have come to expect. With a wide variety of signature products catering to all budgets, we are the perfect option for your upcoming event, party, or quiet evening at home.

Ole’ Orleans is a collection of well-balanced wines with a luxurious, delicate, and lingering finish. Enjoy while strolling the banks of the Mississippi River, listening to smooth jazz in the depths of the French Quarter, or having brunch as a streetcar glides down Canal Street. It is perfect on its own or with an order of beignets!

Laissez Les Bon Temp Rouler!

About Kim Lewis:

At the heart of "Ole Orleans Wines: A Tribute To Historic New Orleans" is its founder Kim Lewis. Ole Orleans wines would not be the same if it weren't for the creativity and passion Kim brings to the table! Ole Orleans was brought to life in 2018 based on their love of New Orleans and Kim’s family history. Each bottle is dedicated to a part of New Orleans history, making every bottle a collector's item.

​Born and raised in New Orleans, Kim is the mother of three beautiful and amazing children. Kim and her children enjoy spending time with their dogs, horses, and sunny beaches. The family takes pride in everything that is Naturally Nawlins, from festivals to parades, you can find them at all of the festivities.​

Ole' Orleans started as a dream, grew to a mapped-out vision, and is now a reality! Wine is just a beverage, but it becomes a part of something greater: it brings people together over a meal. So why not celebrate with a bottle of exclusive rich wine and history?


Essence Communications is the number one—and only 100% Black-owned—media, technology and commerce company at scale dedicated to Black women and communities. With a community of more than 31 million Black women, ESSENCE inspires a global audience through diverse storytelling and immersive original content rooted in Culture, Equity and Celebration. The brand's multi-platform presence in/ publishing, experiential and online encompasses its namesake magazine; digital, video and social platforms; television specials; books; and signature live events, including Black Women in Music, Black Women in Hollywood, ESSENCE Black Women in Sports, Fashion House, Street Style and the ESSENCE Festival of Culture.


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