We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Levy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryan, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
Integrity. It is so important, that we named one of our flagship wines Integrity. At Nice Winery, we don’t believe in taking shortcuts to lessen the load. We take pride in making wine the right way – with the utmost integrity – from the vineyard to the bottle. It’s not the easy thing to do – it’s the right thing to do. Making wine with integrity means we work with small, family-owned farmers who respect the land with sustainable farming techniques and minimal manipulation to produce outstanding grapes. This enables us to craft wines of the highest quality and support the communities we care so deeply about. It’s why we give back to our community every single day, to over 300 local charities and non-profit organizations. It’s why we pledge the profits from three of our wines to healing children, finding a cure for cancer, and ending infant CHD mortality.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
We are nearing the completion of the first ever fully sustainable wine production vineyard within the city limits of Houston. It has been a lifelong dream to build a home for sustainable, family grown wine in Houston. We can’t wait to open our new winery location and invite you in.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I really love Houston’s diversity of culture as told through cuisine. From the plethora of Korean restaurants along LongPoint to immersive Chinese and Vietnamese food experiences throughout Bellaire and Alief, we could literally spend days exploring the world of cuisine on the streets of my hometown. Soul food, Indian, Low Country, Persian, Greek, Lebanese, Ethiopian, the list is endless in Houston. I am so proud of the diversity of my city.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am grateful to the thousands of volunteers at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. I was only able to attend Rice University thanks to their generous scholarship.
Photo by Jerry Levy