Story of “Orphan Train”

The Orphan Train Movement was a supervised welfare program that transported orphaned and homeless children from crowded Eastern cities of the United States to foster homes located largely in rural areas of the Midwest. The orphan trains operated between 1854 and 1929, relocating about 200,000 orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children.

Three charitable institutions, Children’s Village (founded 1851 by 24 philanthropists), the Children’s Aid Society (established 1853 by Charles Loring Brace) and later, the New York Foundling Hospital, endeavored to help these children. The institutions were supported by wealthy donors and operated by professional staff. The two institutions developed a program that placed homeless, orphaned, and abandoned city children, who numbered an estimated 30,000 in New York City alone in the 1850s, in foster homes throughout the country. The children were transported to their new homes on trains that were labeled “orphan trains” or “baby trains”. This relocation of children ended in the 1920s with the beginning of organized foster care in America. (Source: Wikipedia)

Note: There are still children among us who have drawn the short straw in life, and we donate $2 from each bottle sold to children’s causes.

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Best of Show!

BREAKING NEWS: Train Wreck Winery is pleased to announce “KATE” won Best of Show (red wine division) at the Iowa State Fair Commercial Wine Competition! Officials from the competition said, “Receiving the Best of Show award is not only a great achievement and testament to the quality of your wine, but we also feature and sell tastings of the four winning Best of Show wines at Grandfather’s Barn each day of the Iowa State Fair! This is an excellent opportunity to sell and showcase your wine to the thousands of Fairgoers who visit the Iowa Wine Experience in August.” The Iowa State Fair runs from August 10-20. All of us at Train Wreck Winery are pleased and proud to win this important distinction and invite you to visit the State Fair to try our wines and to stop by our Algona, IA tasting room on Friday and Saturdays (noon to 5pm).

185 Retailers!

We are very happy to announce two new retail partners have joined the Train Wreck Winery Team, making it even easier to find our wines near your home. Please welcome these new retailers to our family:

Dome Bait Shop (Ventura, IA)
HyVee (Keokuk, IA)
Kampen Foods (West Bend, IA)

We now have 185 retail partners across the state of Iowa where you can find Train Wreck Winery wines! If your favorite retailer isn’t listed here – http://trainwreckwinery.com/retailers/ – please ask the wine manager to carry our wines, and let us know.

Sangria Saturdays!

Train Wreck Winery is very pleased to bring back Sangria Saturdays until late fall!  Every Saturday (noon to 5pm) we’ll create a delicious Sangria and you’re invited!!  Bring a friend, your crew, your sweetie, and enjoy a glass or pitcher of this delicious drink.

Marquette wins Gold!

Marquette Gold_edited-1We are very pleased to share that our Marquette (dry red wine) won a gold medal at the Mid-American Wine Competition held this past weekend.  This competition is located on the campus of Des Moines Community College and hosts some the most recognized names in wine judging.  We’re honored and very pleased with this gold medal.

Fundraiser a Hit!

autographsThe fundraiser at the Wilson Ave Hy-Vee (Cedar Rapids) supporting Four Oaks, a non-profit child welfare, juvenile justice, and behavioral health agency was a big success. By the end of the night more than $3,000 was raised for Four Oaks!

It was a real honor and pleasure to meet the young people at Four Oaks earlier in the day and we’re honored to have played a small part of the financial success of this important organization. Thanks to Brad and the team at the Wilson Ave Hy-Vee store for helping make this important event happen.

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Double Gold!

ICCWC-logo-GenericWe are pleased to report that our new Brianna wine just won a DOUBLE GOLD Medal at the International Cold Climate Conference in Minnesota!  There were only 8 double gold’s awarded.  Congrats to winemaker Steve and his team!

Kate & Caboose Win Gold!

MAWC Winners2 copyWe’re pleased to report Kate and Caboose both won Gold Medals at the Mid-American Wine Competition!  As two of our best selling wines this just confirms what our fans already know… Kate and Caboose are very tasty wines!

Congrats to our winemaker, Steve Larson!