DAVE & DANI
FROM THE LAB TO FERMENTATION, FROM THE TANK TO THE BOTTLE, FROM OUR HOUSE TO YOURS...
MEET THE TEAM BEHIND DAVE & DANI CRAFT CIDER.
David ("Dave") Tegtmeier has always had a passion for building things, so it makes sense that in a little over three years, he would build the largest farm winery in Kansas. As a seventh generation Kansas farmer, Dave’s agricultural roots inspired his desire to turn the Kansas landscape into vineyards to grow grapes for Liquid Art Winery.
With his formal education in winemaking and his experience in brewing, Dave has combined his love of agriculture with his knowledge of winemaking to grow Liquid Art to over 14 wine varietals and an increasing menu of ciders. But he couldn’t stop there! Over the last two years, Tasting Room patrons have begged to take Dave’s hard cider home, and Dave listened. What started out as an option for “non-wine drinkers” has grown into its own idea: Dave & Dani Craft Cider.
After a recently completed production-space expansion, Dave and the team began bottling the cider for sale out of the Tasting Room and locally in liquor stores across Kansas. You can be sure this won’t be the last of Dave’s ventures, so keep looking out!
Danielle ("Dani") Tegtmeier, the “hostess with the mostess”, is known around here for her contagious smile, and her ability to get the job done! Also a Kansas native, Danielle has an enthusiasm for local small business and, when she met Dave, realized they could combine their passions to create Liquid Art Winery. With her extensive experience in sales and marketing, Danielle has a knack for creating an inviting space and keeping the wheels of the business turning. Dani often jokes about how she is the “official Taste Tester” for Dave’s cider concoctions, and she is often the one driving him to keep creating those new and interesting flavors in our Cider Lab. Dave & Dani Craft Cider is just the latest in what is sure to be a long line of new adventures for Liquid Art Winery.
When Dave and Dani aren’t tending to grapes in the vineyard, working up new cider concoctions in the lab, or behind the bar in the Tasting Room, they are hanging out with their daughter, Savannah, and dogs, Porter & Karl.
Our legal bootleggers are our "troops on the ground," helping us maximize self-distribution across the state of Kansas. They log a lot of miles as they are responsible for getting our beverages from the winery to liquor stores, bars and restaurants, and ultimately, to YOU! They cover a large territory-- as far east as Kansas City, as far south as Wichita, and as far west as Hays, America-- and they are KILLIN' IT!
Dave & Dani provide beverage and sales internships to students in the National Strategic Sales Institute at Kansas State University. Raise a special glass to our bootleggers the next time you enjoy an ice-cold Dave & Dani Craft Cider from the comfort of your home, or boat, or friend's house, or neighborhood barstool. Couldn't do this without them!
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