William Wyant

Owner

Bill and Rona got into the wine business to diversify their farming operation. It began by converting a portion of 40 acres of farmland into a vineyard. Their mission is to emphasize wine made from Iowa-grown grapes. They have three children and six grandchildren that they absolutely love to spend time with.

Marquette Reserve

[email protected] 319-662-4222

Rona Wyant

Owner

Bill and Rona got into the wine business to diversify their farming operation. It began by converting a portion of 40 acres of farmland into a vineyard. Their mission is to emphasize wine made from Iowa-grown grapes. They have three children and six grandchildren that they absolutely love to spend time with.

Rona’s favorite wine: Changes with the vintage but prefers them to be dry

[email protected] (319) 662-4222

Zach Bott

Winemaker

Zach has been with the winery since the beginning when his wife, Cassie, brought him along for the ride. As our winemaker, he enjoys the challenge that comes with differences in the fruit from year-to-year versus the expectation of sameness from our customers. In his free time, you can find him playing golf, watching his kids golf, or cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones.

Glow

[email protected] (319) 662-4334

Cassie Bott

Operations Manager

Cassie has been with the winery since the very beginning when her parents convinced her and husband Zach to join them on this journey. She loves the people she gets to work with and the many people she gets to meet along the way. It is rewarding to see and hear guests enjoy the wines produced. Her free time is enjoyed by watching her two children in their many performances on the stage or the golf course.

Changes with the season — a warm cup of Autumn Spice in the chillier month and a glass of Vignoles in the warmer months

[email protected] (319) 662-4222

Kayce Riphagen

Event & Social Media Manager

Kayce joined Fireside in 2016 and has been the Events Manager since 2018. She loves planning new events that stretch her creativity as well as getting to know Fireside’s amazing Wine Club Members. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling, reading and playing with all the dogs.

Frontenac

[email protected] (319) 662-4222

Lori Gaither

Tasting Room Manager

Lori started at Fireside in 2021. She has always had an interest in wine and loves how every day at the winery is different. From the events at the winery to the interesting people she gets to meet, it is always exciting. She is a retired professional dancer and equestrian performer who has worked for Andy Williams and Dolly Parton.

Chambourcin

[email protected] (319) 662-4222

Brian Culp

Wholesale Manager

Brian has been working for Fireside since 2016. His favorite part of wholesaling for Fireside and Ackerman is working with retailers to find industry trends as well as opening new accounts in different towns. His free time is usually spent with his family traveling and cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones.

Crownfire or Vignoles

[email protected] (319) 350-8590

Susan Brenneman

Wholesale Manager

Susan has been with Fireside Winery since 2016. She loves getting the opportunity to travel Iowa while distributing our wines to different areas that may not have immediate access to our product. When she is not being a super mom with her five kids, she enjoys coffee and her monthly book club.

Firefly

[email protected] (319) 930-7014

Kathy Martens

Manager at Fireside Winery in the Village

Kathy started at Fireside in 2014 because she absolutely LOVES wine. Her favorite part of the job is meeting and getting to know people from all over the world. In her spare time, she is a serious cartophile with hundreds of maps in her travel room.

Frontenac

[email protected] (319) 622-3564

Mark Germany

Assistant Winemaker

Mark began studying Viticulture and Enology in 2015 at Grayson College in Denison, TX after deciding to make a career change after many years in the corporate retail world.  While in school, he worked for a boutique winery specializing in Estate grown Chardonnay and Syrah where he eventually became the Assistant Winemaker.  Later, he took a role as Winemaker and Vice-President of another boutique winery in North Texas where he specialized in award winning dry wines.  When the opportunity arose to move to Iowa, he quickly found a new home here at Fireside Winery.

Hearthstone and Brianna

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Phil Bott

Production Assistant & Wholesale Driver

Phil is retired but can’t quite get away from Fireside Winery. Over the years, he’s helped in the vineyard, in production and was a wholesale manager. You will still see him out delivering wines and helping on bottling days.

Matchbox

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