Fountain City Winery Coming to the West Bottoms

Jay and Melissa Pietkiewicz dreamt of starting a business together—just not in the midst of a pandemic. But after struggling to bring their concept to life during Covid-19, the couple plans to open Fountain City Winery in the West Bottoms this spring. The winery is launching with a lineup that includes merlot, a cabernet-merlot blend, riesling, chardonnay, a dessert wine, and several fruit wines available by the glass and bottled in their tasting room. The products will also be showcased through a series of sangrias. For now, Fountain City is importing juice from Missouri, as well as California and New York, but Jay says the goal is to eventually purchase vineyard space and start growing their own grapes to make estate wines.