In the heart of downtown Wichita, nestled within the grand Union Station, lies a treasure trove of finely crafted wines. Founded in 2016 by Jennifer McDonald, Jenny Dawn Cellars has blossomed from a dream into the city’s very first urban winery, offering a selection of 14 handcrafted wines that delight the palate and satisfy the soul.
Jennifer McDonald, a woman of boundless creativity and vision, has brought her passion for winemaking to life in a way that reflects the rich and diverse heritage of African American artistry. Her journey began as an at-home winemaker, where she honed her craft and learned to create wines that express the unique flavors of California and Kansas. Through dedication and hard work, Jennifer has grown Jenny Dawn Cellars into a thriving business, establishing a working partnership with a wine facilitator in Napa, California, and opening a winery and tasting room in the heart of Wichita.
The wines of Jenny Dawn Cellars are a testament to Jennifer’s skill and expertise. Each bottle is crafted with the utmost care and attention to detail, resulting in a selection of truly exceptional wines. From the Union Station Chardonnay to the Black Locomotive Crimson Cabernet, every wine has a story to tell and a flavor to savor. The 2019 Rosé Wine (Watermelon) is a vibrant and refreshing blend that captures the essence of summer, while the Wichita Passion (Blackberry Wine) is a bold and fruity wine that exudes passion and vitality.
But Jennifer’s vision extends far beyond just creating fine wines. At Jenny Dawn Cellars, guests can indulge in charcuterie and small bites, participate in private wine tastings, and even become members of the wine locker program. The winery also offers Winuecation, a monthly educational class that provides insight into the world of winemaking and the art of wine tasting.
Through her creativity, passion, and dedication, Jennifer McDonald has created a truly remarkable establishment that celebrates the artistry of African American winemakers. Jenny Dawn Cellars is more than just a winery – it is a celebration of Wichita’s rich and diverse cultural heritage and a testament to the power of following one’s dreams. With every sip of Jenny Dawn Cellars wine, guests are transported to a world of flavor and imagination, where the art of winemaking is elevated to new heights.