Mike and Connie Vincent purchased the farm and vineyard location from Mike’s father in 1978. While the farm crisis in the 80’s took them away from the farm, they always aspired to return to a viable agriculture enterprise. In 2010, Mike and Connie sold their insurance agency near Des Moines and returned to their farm planting their first vines and beginning the construction of the winery and event center.
Wooden Wheel Vineyards is located on the family farm first settled by Mike’s Great – Great Grandmother, Isabella Clark Wright. Isabella received the farm as a land grant from the US government because her father was a veteran of the War of 1812 and died when she was but 2 years old. As an orphan and minor child of a veteran, she became eligible for an 80-acre land grant.