Meet the Philly-area winemaker who isn’t afraid of a little glitter in her glass

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It’s been about 15 months since Shakia Williams poured the first glass of wine inside her micro-winery, Cyrenity Sips.

Williams opened a brick-and-mortar shop on Main Street in Hatboro, a Montgomery County town just north of Willow Grove, in September 2022. She moved back to the region after living in Virginia Beach for about a decade.

Hers is also one of the few wineries across the nation owned and operated by a Black woman.

Shakia Williams offers a wine flight at the Cyrenity Sips tasting room in Hatboro. Her fledgling winery was the recipient of a $5,000 microgrant and business mentorship . (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Williams, a Southwest Philly native, has support as a family-owned business from her daughter, Cyan, who is 21 years old and training to become a sommelier, or a wine expert.

“She’s basically here all the time,” Williams laughed. “I think she’s already taken over. But yeah, I definitely foresee her just taking the lead [someday] and moving us forward.”

  • December 27, 2023
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