My name is Steve Holman and I am the owner of and licensed broker for Heartland Wine Sales of Minnesota.
I started in the Minnesota wine business about 15 years ago in the tasting room of a large Minnesota winery, eventually taking over as their director of operations. In this position, I oversaw every aspect of the winery's day-to-day routine, including handling the wholesale business as it began to grow across Minnesota. The popularity of Minnesota wines was increasing during this time, with interest centered around award winning wines grown and produced entirely within the state.
Upon leaving that winery nearly 10 years ago, my dream was to use what I had learned and work directly with stores in a manner that was both convenient for and desired by stores, specifically:
- High quality, award winning wines
- An emphasis on either close to or 100% Minnesota grown grapes
- Free shipping
- A contact for 24/7 ordering and information
- A wide variety of styles and price offerings
- A knowledgeable person for wine club presentations
- A simple process that, for some stores, could be their sole contact for Minnesota wines
And thus, Heartland Wine Sales of Minnesota was born.
The wineries that we represent are some of the most awarded and respected in the industry today. With both small and large stores in mind, we have no minimum case order. We offer a discount from some wineries with as few as five cases, and ship directly from the winery to your store, typically within a couple of days of receiving your order (sometimes sooner). We are on the road around the state as needed by various stores, stopping through to sample and educate; but as many of you requested, most of our ordering and communication is done without the need for day-to-day vendor meetings that other distributors require. We personally handle your orders 24/7/365 via email, phone, text, or in person -- whichever you prefer!
We started years ago with just one winery, and have since hand-picked our additions based on quality, history, awards, and pricing. We are proud to connect stores with all of the excellent wineries in our portfolio.