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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Chicagoland WERCouncil: Cooper's Hawk Winery Tour

03:00 PM - 04:00 PM



Register Today: Chicagoland WERCouncil: Cooper's Hawk Winery Tour

The Chicagoland WERCouncil 
invites you to join us for a tour of 
Cooper's Hawk Winery DC in Woodridge, IL
Wednesday, August 22nd from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm



Space is limited to the first 20 registrants
*Must be a WERC Member to attend*



Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurants is a rapidly growing company rooted in the Chicagoland area. Founded in 2005 and starting with a single winery and restaurant in Orland Park, IL, the company has grown to 31 restaurants across 9 states and a 300,000 member wine club. In 2017, Cooper's Hawk moved their winemaking operations to a new facility in Woodridge, IL.

"The winery is the lifeblood of the Cooper's Hawk experience," says Tim McEnery, Cooper's Hawk CEO and Founder. "While the new facility was designed to increase capacity, our primary focus is to maintain our hands-on approach to winemaking as we grow. This expansion enhances our ability to serve Wine Club members and guests by enabling continuous innovation while supporting collaborative Wine of the Month initiatives with the world's leading vineyards, winemakers and culinary taste-makers."

The 125,000 square-foot will produce 685,000 cases in 2018, making it the 32nd largest winery in the United States, and the 3rd largest winery outside of California. The new facility was chosen to give the winery room to handle the company's growth, and includes a 60,000 square-foot warehouse that serves as the foundation for Cooper's Haw wine distribution program. The company's wine output has increased by nearly 40 percent in the last three years, and has more than doubled since the former facility opened in Countryside, Illinois in 2010.

Cooper's Hawk made a significant investment in infrastructure, new equipment and personnel; the new facility employs industry leading bottling equipment which includes automated quality controls and gentle handling equipment to ensure that each bottle meets the company's standards for product and packaging excellence. The company also invested in technology and processes that optimize wine quality by enabling extremely tight tolerances for temperature, oxygen exposure and more. From a warehousing and distribution standpoint, Cooper's Hawk is kicking off a multi-year implementation of advanced distribution systems to take their operations from floor stacked warehousing to a 9,000+ pallet warehouse with a centralized pick module.

During the tour, you will see the new cellar and bottling operations, and will get a first look at the expansion plans for their distribution program. Throughout the tour, members of each of the facility's teams will share information about their operations and answer questions from the group. 



 
Agenda:
 
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM Registration & Networking
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Tour of Facility 
Fee: Must be a member of WERC to attend
 
WERC Member: 
$30.00
Non-Members: $50.00 (after August 1, if space available)
Location:
 


Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurant

9016 Murphy Road
Woodridge, IL 60517

Questions:
 

For questions regarding registration, please contact the WERC Office at 630.320.5807 or jleon@werc.org.

  Registration: 
RSVP Deadline: Friday, August 17th at 3:00 pm
  • Pre-registration is required through the link below.
  • Space is limited to the first 20 registrants.
  • There are no refunds and/or credits for cancellations or no-shows for this event.  

    No open-toed shoes allowed on tour. No purses, cameras or cell-phones will be allowed in the facility. 

 
 

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