Krista Scruggs and Zafa Wines, of Isle La Motte, Vermont, get back to nature

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  • Published on June 7, 2022
  • Last Updated March 10, 2023
  • In Spotlight

All the way across the country from Napa Valley vineyards, Scruggs and her team have already planted 2,000 vines on 56 acres in just three years.

Krista Scruggs and her wine label, Zafa Wines, are doing something bold and inventive with an intentional simplicity. Their wines are made without filters or additives, their grapes grown without herbicides or pesticides. The resulting products are intentionally inventive, playing with fruits like apple and pineapple. The vintner even has a program that lets wine enthusiasts try their experimental creations. Queer-owned and dedicated to maintaining an 85% female staff, this label’s approach to the industry is full of promise for the consumer unwilling to compromise on quality or flair.

This story was created by Detour, a journalism brand focused on the best stories in Black travel, in partnership with McClatchy’s The Charlotte Observer and Miami Herald. Detour’s approach to travel and storytelling seeks to tell previously under-reported or ignored narratives by shifting away from the customary routes framed in Eurocentrism. The detour team is made up of an A-list of award-winning journalists, writers, historians, photographers, illustrators and filmmakers.