Let’s Talk Excellence: Small Business and Entrepreneurship with Vintrendi Wines

What happens when the age-old tradition of wine-making meets modern taste buds? Vintrendi Wines are born. The winemakers at Vintrendi aim to create wines without rules, wines that just taste good. They believe that enjoying a glass of wine doesn’t have to be something that is reserved for “wine snobs”. There’s a time and a place for more serious table wine. Other times you just want to indulge in something comforting and uncomplicated.

Vintrendi Wines Owner and winemaker, Rick Nesbitt

Located in downtown Park Forest, Vintrendi Wines was founded by former industry professional Rick Nesbitt. While working in sales for the area’s major liquor distributors, Rick realized that consumers were often confused when they began to explore the vast world of wine and wanted to fill that void. Currently, Rick serves as the CEO, winemaker, and creative engine that drives the Vintrendi Wine Company experience. His hard work and dedication to his craft have garnished accolades from patrons and the local business community. In Fall 2021, Rick was named one of the Chicago Defender’s Men of Excellence and also Businessperson of the Year by the Village of Park Forest

Since its opening in Fall 2017, Vintrendi has expanded seven-fold and now offers a tasting room and lounge for patrons to enjoy their wines and occasional entertainment. Vintrendi Wines also holds the honor of being the first licensed, Black-Owned, and Operated Winery in the State of Illinois.

The Chicago Defender spoke to Rick Nesbitt about Vintrendi Wines, their offerings, what makes them unique in the marketplace, and his advice for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Vintrendi Wines is located in Park Forest at 339 Main Street. This summer Vintrendi released a limited edition wine called “SummerTimeChi”.  It’s a sweet wine flavored with mango and pineapple.  Visit their website at www.vintrendiwines.com.

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