Who We Are

Equality. Freedom. For All.

Equality Wines is the world’s first cause wine portfolio dedicated to equality for all people. It’s a perfect pairing for label co-founders Matt Grove and Jim Obergefell, a coupling of their shared passions for excellent wine and equal rights. Along with consultant and equality pioneer Jim Obergefell, they present a limited release collection of high quality wines to benefit the Human Rights Campaign and the nonprofit organization One Glass for Equality.

Our Team

Matt Grove

Matt emerged from the Technology sector to co-found Dakota Beef, the USA’s first Certified Organic Beef company in 2001.  Matt’s sales and marketing efforts helped transform organic beef products from a niche, low-volume industry to an integral part of the retail meat counter today. By 2007, Dakota Organic Beef was sold in all 50 states. Matt raised over $35 MM in private investment for organic and sustainable food companies.  In 2014, Matt launched Eighth Wonder Wines, a Sustainable wine company producing wines from south Africa. Building on the success and following a dream inspired by his late Aunt, Dr. Marilyn Schultz, Matt founded Equality Wines.

Jim Obergefell

Jim, activist, realtor and IT consultant, became the lead plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case that legalize same-sex marriage across the United States. Jim’s passion for wine makes him the perfect crusader to ensure our cause is genuine and helps spread the spirit of Equality for All.

Kate Larkin

Kate Larkin brings global key accounts management with Fortune 500 companies in marketing, technology and the Internet. With specific expertise in advertising, research, strategic planning, technology development and implementation, her background spans industry categories such as publishing, airlines, and the dot-com sector. Kate is an international marketing and technology professional with expertise in the development of integrated communications program strategies. She has a proven record in account management, brand building, new business development, event management, and product development/marketing for both the trade and consumer industries. She is a strong strategic and creative thinker who has produced successful sales efforts, advertising, public relations, research, promotions, and direct marketing programs. One of Kate’s strengths is her ability, based on instinct and experience, to translate client objectives into dynamic solutions.

Michael Volpatt

Michael has played a crucial role in the development of consumer and business-to-business brand and marketing strategies for clients including Microsoft, Oddcast, Adaptec, Nortel Networks, Apple Computer, Fertile Hope, Conversagent, Arkadium, Bob Evans Farms and many others. Michael has helped companies and non-profit organizations frame their competition, better understand the markets they operate in and develop key messaging platforms that serve to differentiate and resonate with their target audiences. 

This ruling is a victory for America. This ruling affirms what millions of Americans believe in their hearts: when all Americans are treated as equal we are more free… love is love.

–Barack Obama