Winery With a Mission Opens

whole hearted winery

Whole Hearted Winery in New Hudson celebrates its grand opening this Saturday, Sept. 21.
Dan Weiand, founder and owner with wife Brenda, said the winery is an extension of the philanthropic work they’ve been doing for the past decade with a charity they call Giving 360. The organization collects returned and unwanted items from stores around the area and makes them available to people who can use them.
The plan is to use the winery to support charitable causes, including Giving 360.

“We’re going to be starting a foundation through this and supporting all kinds of causes,” Weiand says. “One dollar for every bottle we sell will go to nonprofits.”

The proceeds from bottles sold during the grand opening will benefit Furry Friends Rescue Inc.

Weiand makes wine on the premises at 56808 Grand River Ave. using juice he purchases from around the country. He estimates that he produces between 3,000 and 5,000 bottles a month, with a mix of about 10 types of sweet and dry wines.

Right now, Whole Hearted operates in a 1,000-square-foot portion of the building it’s in, with plans to take over the whole thing and eventually expand. There’s a small space for tastings, along with outdoor seating.

The grand opening is from 3 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, and include samplings, a commemorative wine glass, food, live music from 6–8 p.m. and more. Neighbor New Hudson Inn is donating food for the grand opening.

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