Founded in 2016 by Jennifer McDonald, Jenny Dawn Cellars has grown from the dream of an at-home winemaker into Wichita’s first urban winery startup.
In 2017, Jenny Dawn Cellars established a working partnership with a wine facilitator in Napa, California that serves as our base of operations while we continue to develop and prepare for our home location. We are happily launching our inaugural vintage of 2016 Pinot Noir and 2016 Chardonnay for online purchase in the fall of 2017. Both of these wines are sourced from Santa Barbara County, an up-and-coming region described as dynamic and promising for varietals such as the two we have chosen as well as those in our complete wine list.
In April of 2018, we released a 2017 Rose' and White Wine sourced from Clarksburg. In October we will be releasing our 2nd vintage of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Our 2019 storefront will proudly open its doors in the heart of the city and will include a tasting room, event venue, and on-site wine production facility. We eagerly await the opportunity to share our exceptional product, passion, expertise, and breathtaking location with the Wichita community!
JENNY DAWN CELLARS
FOLLOW OUR JOURNEY
Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills
Chardonnay - Sta. Rita Hills
Rosé - Clarksburg
White Wine - Clarksburg
Pinot Noir - Sonoma Coast
Chardonnay - Sonoma Coast
Release Date: Fall 2019
Pinot Noir - Russian River Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon - Paso Robles
Chardonnay - Sonoma Valley
Late Harvest Riesling - Lake County
Sweet Red Wine - Paso Robles
Sweet Red Blend - Santa Ynez Valley
Union Station Series:
Union Station – Kansas Dry White Wine
Wichita Passion – Kansas Sweet Red Wine
Wichita Moment – Kansas Sweet White Wine
Red Caboose – Kansas Dry Rosé
Black Locomotive – Kansas Dry Red Wine
For delicious food and wine pairings, please see our recipes section.
Meet the Team
Owner, CEO and Winemaker
Jennifer is a successful entrepreneur, human resources and recruiting professional who has spent the last 10 years developing and leading strategic initiatives for some of Wichita’s largest employers. She will leverage her business acumen and leadership skills from the corporate world into the wine industry. She has spent the past four years turning her passion for wine and her love of the unique ability wine has to bring people together into a vision of expanding both depth and diversity in Wichita’s urban scene.
Beyond her Master’s Degree in Agribusiness from Kansas State University, Jennifer has developed and produced research data, received both silver and bronze medals from the Kansas Winemakers and Grape Growers Association, and most recently received the Innovations in Business Award presented by Young Professionals of Wichita and was also recognized as one of Wichita’s top 40 people in business under age 40 by the Wichita Business Journal. She also completed Wichita State University and e2e’s collaborative start-up accelerator program, Launch Prep, in May 2017. She is a wine connoisseur and studying to become a Certified Sommelier.