Soldier Creek Winery prepares to go on the road
State grant will help pay for vehicle
The new vehicle expected to hit the road this summer may be called the Wine Wagon. Or maybe it will be called the Vin Van.
Regardless of what name is eventually chosen, the vehicle will be taking the products of Soldier Creek Winery to customers both far away and close to the winery’s Webster County home.
“This will take our wine to other places in Iowa,” said Megan Secor, who is co-owner and marketing coordinator for the winery..
The winery received a $16,204 Choose Iowa grant from the state Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to help pay for the van. Its total cost is listed at $53,970.
“Choose Iowa is about connecting consumers to the great products that Iowans are growing, raising and processing in communities of all sizes across our state,” Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig said in a written statement announcing the latest round of grant awards.
“As Choose Iowa builds into an easily recognizable brand that can be used by farmers, producers, processors, farmers markets, food retailers and many others in the supply chain, these cost-share grants will help build capacity to meet the growing consumer demand for Iowa products,” he added.
The Soldier Creek Winery van will be on a Peugeot chassis. Secor described it as a converted utility vehicle with a bar serving area. She said it is expected to be delivered this summer.
It will be used, she said, to take Soldier Creek Winery products to markets and other events. It might also be used on the grounds of the winery when there are big crowds there, she added.
The Choose Iowa award was the second grant the winery recently received from the state.
It received a $50,000 grant from the state’s Manufacturing 4.0 program in September.
Secor said that grant will help pay for a new wine bottling machine that will replace three machines now in use The new machine,costing $198,599, is expected to be delivered in the fall.