Midwest Wine Selections founder, Donna Goodwin, got her first taste of distributing wine while working for Fred Koehler at Lynfred Winery in Roselle, Illinois. In those early days, small wineries were still allowed to distribute their own offerings and Donna was out there taking care of business. In response to a 2006 change in the Illinois Liquor Control Act, which prohibited wineries like Lynfred from self distributing their products, Midwest Wine Selections, LLC was born.
Back in 2007, the only winery that Donna represented was Lynfred and her husband, Paul, took care of deliveries and new account generation. Our first warehouse was actually a small room in the same warehouse where Lynfred stored their wine. We soon were granted the distribution rights for Prairie State Winery (Genoa, IL) and Wollersheim Winery (Prairie Du Sac, WI). Our rapid growth resulted in Midwest Wine Selections having to move to a larger facility in Elk Grove Village and finally to our current location, Veterans Distribution of Chicago in Hillside, IL.
Veterans Distribution of Chicago has over 300,000 sq. ft. in distribution space that includes 60,000 sq. ft. in temperature controlled storage; a 75,000 sq. ft. automated sortation system, 55 docks, and ample space to cross dock, sort & seg, and pick & pack freight. Accompanied by a fully EDI capable in-house IT department, Veterans provides us an extremely high level of customization and offers terrific delivery service to our customers.
Mission & Values.
Since its earliest days, Midwest Wine Selections has lived by a set of values that has shaped our culture and the way we do business. Today, these values, together with our company’s vision and mission, serve as the directional compass that guides our business strategies and future growth.