Canned wine brand to triple production after raising $2.3m
Maker, the canned wine company on a mission to amplify the voices and wines of women-led and minority-owned wineries, has raised $2.3million to triple production and expand its reach across the United States.
Founded by Sarah Hoffman, Kendra Kawala, and Zoe Victor, Maker launched in California in 2020, and sold out of its initial production by bringing people together with their virtual wine tastings and shipping wine directly to customers via their subscription “Can Club”.
They’ve now raised $2.3 million from over 30 angels and operators including Pear VC, Marcy Venture Partners, The Chainsmokers, Odell Beckham Jr., Rachel Mansfield, Charles Hudson, Mariam Naficy, Bryan Mahoney, Henry Davis, Inflection Capital, Context Ventures, Matt Kanness, Nikil Viswanathan, Daniel Kan, Bridgette Lau, Alyssa Rapp, James Beshara, Leah Culver, Tyler Elliston, and Chris Fanini, to triple production, build out their team, and bring premium canned wine across the country.
Maker has already made their mark by being the highest-rated canned wine company on the market today having received 90+ point ratings from Wine Enthusiast and 15 Gold medals from top bottled wine competitions like NY Int’l Wine Competition, Sommeliers Choice Awards, and Sunset Mag Int’l Wine Competition.
“Antiquated liquor laws make it hard for the best small production wineries to get their products out there. And “Big Wine” just isn’t delivering what modern drinkers want. We’re excited to can wines from the best independent wine producers in the country, and make wine more accessible for everyone.” said Sarah Hoffman, co-founder at Maker.
“With the expansion and new funding, we’re ushering in a new era of small wineries, transparency, and approachability for the wine industry. Modern drinkers want a high quality, better-for-you option that fits into their lives and lifestyles. We’re here to provide an eco-friendly, portable way to enjoy premium wine, any damn time.”
Every wine that Maker sells is vegan-friendly, gluten-free and keto-friendly and is made by their partner winemakers who believe in sustainable farming practices and low intervention winemaking.
Each 250 ml can is from a different small production winery and comes with the “maker’s” unique story and signature. All wines are dry, with zero grams of sugar, less than five carbs per serving, and minimal sulphur additions.