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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Orphan Train Earns Gold Medal at Competition!

Orphan Train WineTrain Wreck Winery is proud to announce Orphan Train and Gandy Dancer received recognition at the 2014 Consumer Wine Awards in Lodi, California. The goals of the Consumer Wine Awards are to provide wineries an opportunity to showcase their wines with other wines from around the world to independent, sophisticated wine consumers.

This year Train Wreck Winery went up against a lot of well-known and amazing wineries and came away with a Gold Medal for Orphan Train. Orphan Train is a semi-sweet blush wine made from Frontenac Gris (gree) grapes and has tropical and peach flavors.

Our Gandy Dancer earned a Bronze Medal and is a semi-sweet white wine made with Seyval Blanc grapes and is a delicious wine with notes of pineapple, stone fruit and lovely fruity aromas.

Join us in wishing our winemaker congratulations for another successful competition and we hope you continue to enjoy our wines.

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