Our Founders

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 Vines.

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.

Jim Obergefell

Jim is the named plaintiff from the landmark United States Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges. This June 26, 2015 court decision guaranteed same-sex couples the constitutional right to marry in all 50 states. After careers in teaching, corporate training, IT consulting, and real estate, Jim has devoted himself to a new life as a speaker on LGBTQ+ equality and as a Civil Rights activist. With Equality Vines, Jim has combined his love of wine with his work to ensure Equal Justice Under Law applies to everyone.

A Story Behind Each Bottle.
A Spirit That Inspires.

Welcome to the world’s first cause wine portfolio dedicated to equality for all people. A percentage of all proceeds from the sales of Equality Vines are donated or directed to partners in the ongoing fight for Equality for all.

Dr. Marilyn Schultz Tribute award

The inspiration for Equality Vines is the late Dr. Marilyn Schultz, a pioneer in the fight for women’s equality. Dr. Marilyn Shultz taught her nephew, Equality Vines co-founder Matt Grove, a lasting lesson: equality is worth the fight.

Dr. Schultz realized that a proverbial “glass ceiling” blocked her career advancement opportunities, and she was determined to shatter it. It was 1971 when she led the class action discrimination suit against NBC and its affiliates that ultimately re-shaped the company and the corporate world. Dr. Schultz was the driving force behind the first class action lawsuit against NBC and all of its affiliates that called for equality in opportunity and pay for women. The successful verdict in the nearly 6 year fight paved the way for equal pay for women in the workplace.

An activist for women’s rights, “Aunt Marilyn” left a strong legacy. Her example embodies the spirit of Equality Vines.

Marilyn Schultz would go on to be a successful reporter and on-air personality before moving to the world of academia.

Equality Vines celebrates her tenacity and that of other advocates by bestowing the Dr. Marilyn Shultz Tribute Wine honor upon pioneers for equality. The first recipients of the honor are Jim Obergefell and John Arthur, reluctant activists whose love inspired the landmark case Obergefell v. Hodges and made marriage equality the law of the land.

Many advocates stand up for the rights they hold dear. Help the cause by toasting to love with the incredible releases from Equality Vines, and join us in our quest for Equal Rights for All.

Dr. Marilyn Schultz Tribute Award

The inspiration for Equality Vines is the late Dr. Marilyn Schultz, a pioneer in the fight for Women’s Equality. Dr. Marilyn Shultz taught her nephew, Equality Vines co-founder Matt Grove, a lasting lesson: Equality is worth the fight.

Dr. Schultz realized that a proverbial “glass ceiling” blocked her career advancement opportunities, and she was determined to shatter it. It was 1971 when she led the class action discrimination suit against NBC and its affiliates that ultimately re-shaped the company and the corporate world. Dr. Schultz was the driving force behind the first class action lawsuit against NBC and all of its affiliates that called for equality in opportunity and pay for women. The successful verdict in the nearly 6 year fight paved the way for equal pay for women in the workplace.

An activist for women’s rights, “Aunt Marilyn” left a strong legacy. Her example embodies the spirit of Equality Vines.

Marilyn Schultz would go on to be a successful reporter and on-air personality before moving to the world of academia.

Equality Vines celebrates her tenacity and that of other advocates by bestowing the Dr. Marilyn Shultz Tribute Wine honor upon pioneers for equality. The first recipients of the honor are Jim Obergefell and John Arthur, reluctant activists whose love inspired the landmark case Obergefell v. Hodges and made Marriage Equality the Law of the Land.

Many advocates stand up for the rights they hold dear. Help the cause by toasting to love with incredible wines from Equality Vines, and join us in our quest for equal rights for all.