Through the Grapevine is a rags to riches story about two African-American men as they journey through the competitive wine industry. Despite the obstacles, these entrepreneurs are determined to succeed. Nothing will hold them back as they pursue their dreams and passion for fine wine.
Markell-Bani Fine Wines and Sparkling Beverages was founded in 2008 by lifelong friends and Cincinnati natives, Gregory Markell Lawrence and Sean Bani Yisrael. Inspired by their passion for fine wine and a purposeful desire to respond to the under representation of African-Americans in the wine industry, they decided to create their own wine brand.
Greg and Sean began by immersing themselves in the wine industry, traveling the world, visiting vineyards, participating in wine showcases and educating themselves in the craft of wine making. Often the only African-Americans participating in the events, they quickly realized the elite nature of the wine making industry. Determined to use their African-American heritage as an asset instead of a limiting factor, they pressed forward; and Markell-Bani was born.