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Introducing Black & Gold Napa Valley

We are excited to announce Black & Gold Napa Valley, Kappa Alpha Theta’s new wine brand in partnership with Fairwinds Estate Winery.


The inaugural release of Black and Gold Napa Valley will be June 30, 2021. Don’t miss out on becoming a member of The 1870 Club! Club seniority is based on sign up date.





The 1870 Club

The 1870 Club Membership Financially Supports Kappa Alpha Theta!

Kappa Alpha Theta is excited to introduce the 1870 Wine Club! The year 1870 means so much to Theta. A year when few women were admitted to higher education institutions, Theta’s four founders established a space for women in higher education to support each other through sisterhood. Today, Theta links members across the globe. Black & Gold Napa Valley celebrates this history and legacy with historic labels.

The 1870 Wine Club is an exciting new opportunity to experience and enjoy delicious wines from America’s most renowned wine country. Thetas who join can purchase exclusive labels from the Black & Gold Napa Valley collection, and receive handcrafted, limited-production bottles delivered in a vintage fire-branded wood crate created exclusively for Kappa Alpha Theta.


Inaugural Wines

Asbury Reserve

2018 Red Wine – Napa Valley

On January 27, 1870, four women established an organization of support and empowerment in a male-dominated educational landscape. Among the first women admitted to Indiana Asbury University, the founders of Kappa Alpha Theta envisioned a sisterhood that would stretch far beyond Greencastle, Indiana.

The Asbury Reserve series utilizes historical imagery to honor the legacy created on the Asbury campus that late winter afternoon.

We introduce you to “Asbury Reserve”. This proprietary red blend – from our award-winning winemaker Todd Heth – exhibits dark blackberry, bing cherry and plum notes perfectly into layers of coffee and tobacco. The finish is dry with long lasting berry fruit. Silky but firm tannins, this wine is enjoyable now but has the ability to age well in the cellar.
$75 / Bottle

Forever Linked

2019 Chardonnay – Napa Valley

Thetas are forever linked through the bonds of sisterhood – one that is best enjoyed in the company of one another.
One of Theta’s symbols is the pansy: a flower that may look delicate, but are in fact resilient and long-lasting flowers which can withstand change in their environment. Theta – just like the pansy – is a sisterhood built by the strength of support that is ready to endure whatever comes her way.

We introduce to you “Forever Linked”. From the chalky soil of the Carneros region in southern Napa Valley, this gem exhibits lush green apple and bright grapefruit notes while dancing across your palate. This stunning wine is light and friendly with very subtle vanilla and pear blossom hints on the nose. Balanced fruit with tarte acidity makes this wine a classic example of Premium Napa Chardonnay.
$45 / Bottle

Black & Gold

2018 Napa Valley Brut Sparkling – Méthode Champenoise

For more than 150 years, the black and gold kite has remained the most recognizable symbol of our beloved Fraternity. Walking proudly to the front of the chapel, our founders proudly donned their kite badges for all to see that the sisterhood of Kappa Alpha Theta was taking flight. The Black & Gold Brut was created in honor of celebrating the best of times with our Theta sisters.

We introduce to you “Black & Gold”. This premium sparkling wine – meticulously and artfully made in the traditional champagne method – rivals anything found from the best Champagne houses in Épernay and Reims. Blended superbly from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this magnificent Napa Valley Brut exhibits rich fruit aromatics of strawberry and delicate white cherry that follows through to a creamy mid-palate accompanied with highlights of lime and wet minerality and a lingering vibrant finish
$65 / Bottle

Club Format and Cost

In order to receive shipments and be eligible to purchase additional bottles, you must be a member of The 1870 Club. A $50 one-time, non-refundable deposit will be processed to secure your June 2021 allocation. This deposit will be deducted from your June 2021 club shipment cost. Wines are released in two 6-bottle shipments each year (June and November).
Wines are allocated based on sign-up date seniority. The cost range for each 6-bottle shipment is $290 to $450 plus tax and shipping – depending on your selections. Each shipment arrives in a fire-branded Kappa Alpha Theta wooden crate. Except for your one-time, non-refundable $50 deposit, your card will not be charged until a week before each shipment.
You can customize your wine selections! New, library and special edition wines will be offered. There is no long-term commitment, and you may cancel at any time.
Enjoy your wine and remember, when you share a glass, gift a bottle or visit the Fairwinds tasting room in Napa Valley together, you are supporting Kappa Alpha Theta!

Support Kappa Alpha Theta

Giving back to Kappa Alpha Theta

Kappa Alpha Theta created a space for women in higher education to support each other through sisterhood over 150 years ago. With each shipment, members of the 1870 Club can celebrate and support Theta for another 150 years.



Hear about Kappa Alpha Theta

Each bottle of Black & Gold Napa Valley allows the opportunity to reflect on the rich history of Kappa Alpha Theta while supporting her future.
Mandy Burgett Wushinske, Zeta Sigma/Ohio Northern
Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity President
We are proud to offer alumnae Black & Gold Napa Valley. Membership in the 1870 Wine Club is the perfect way to show your Theta pride and enjoy time with sisters.
Liz Sinnock Drake, Beta/Indiana
Director of Alumnae Engagement
I am so honored to make these wines for the Kappa Alpha Theta sisterhood and cannot wait for you to share them with your sisters, family and friends!
Significant Sig Brandon Chaney (Indiana 1993)
Proprietor & CEO, Fairwinds Estate Winery and Black & Gold Napa Valley

Experience the benefits and lifestyle!


Two shipments of six bottles per year (minimum to retain club seniority)

Wine received in a keepsake vintage fire-branded wooden crate

Exclusive access to limited releases and library wines

Exclusive access to the gift website to gift wines and merchandise to friends and family

Free wine tasting experiences for you and guests at Fairwinds in Napa Valley

Special access to Kappa Alpha Theta only events and parties

Your name honored on the Kappa Alpha Theta The 1870 Club Founder Member Memorial at the winery

  20% of wine sales financially supports Kappa Alpha Theta

Fairwinds Estate wines offered at 15% off

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