Sip & Share Wines Wins 2020 Small Business of the Year Award

Jun 26, 2020 | Featured, News, Success Stories

Indiana Grown is proud to share some exciting news about a local unique member. Sip & Share Wines has won the Pacers/Key Bank 2020 Small Business of the Year Award. This program recognizes Indiana small businesses who are strong companies, who are engaged in their communities and who are actively helping others. This year’s winner is Sip & Share Wines – Founder/Vintner Nicole Kearney. Sip & Share was chosen from more than 50 applicants because of how owner Nicole Kearney utilizes her businesses as a connection point across the community.

At KeyBank, we understand small businesses are fundamental to economic growth within communities and that when small businesses succeed, communities thrive,” said Juan Gonzalez, president, Central Indiana Market, KeyBank. “We are proud to partner with the Pacers to recognize and celebrate Nicole Kearney of Sip & Share Wines for her success and the positive contributions she makes to our community.

Thank you Key Bank and the Pacers organization for believing and investing in small businesses. When consumers buy Indiana Grown products such as Sip & Share Wines, they are keeping dollars close to home and supporting local Hoosier businesses.

Company Overview:
Sip & Share Wines is a boutique winery producing a diversity of artisanal vegan wines. They are passionate about creating community with wine, especially for wine lovers often overlooked and underrepresented by the wine industry. The wines are approachable to all palates, fun and made to sip and share. Purchase a bottle or join the wine club at

How did Sip & Share Wines begin?
The idea stems from sipping and sharing wines while the owner was in graduate school. Nicole made red and white Sangria and served to family and friends, and they encouraged her to share with others. Also African Americans are underrepresented by the wine industry, and Nicole wanted to get involved.

How has Sip & Share Wines evolved?
In 2018, the company pivoted to a micro-winery producing a variety of artisanal, vegan wines. In January 2019, the business launched the 7 Words Wine Collection. The collection includes: Intention Riesling, Love White Zinfandel, Awaken Sweet White, Gratitude Red Blend, Abundance Sweet Red, Conjure Zinfandel and Manifest Chardonnay.

What is Sip & Share Wines bestselling wine?
The first wine Nicole ever made was the white and red sangria. Those two are still the company’s best sellers. The white is called Awaken and the red is called Abundance.

Sip & Share Wine Club
Sign up for the Founder’s, Sipporters or Share Clubs. You can choose between 2, 4, or 6 bottles of wine and have them delivered directly to your doorstep monthly or quarterly.

Interesting facts about Sip & Share Wines
Sip & Share Wines is the second African American winery ever established in Indiana. The first winery no longer exists as the founder is deceased. Sip & Share Wines Conjure Zinfandel was recently named by Forbes as one of 10 Fantastic Black-Owned Wines & Spirits to Add to Your Summer Shopping List (June 2020).

How can people connect with Sip & Share Wines?
Facebook @SipAndShareWines
Instagram @SipAndShareWines