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2557 Napa Valley Corporate Dr. Suite A
Napa
CA, 94558
United States
Phone
(415) 626-1215
Fax
(877) 346-4131
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Heather Clauss

About Free Flow Wines

Free Flow Wines is the forerunner of premium wine on tap, enabling the world’s best wineries to deliver their wines to consumers nationwide in the format most favored by winemakers and operators alike: on tap.  Free Flow’s industry-leading technology has allowed the wine and hospitality industries to move towards a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly method that maintains wine integrity from the barrel to tap. Founded in 2009, Free Flow Wines has more than 220 wine brands in kegs with appellations ranging from the north western states throughout the US as well as to New Zealand, Argentina, and Europe. Their clients' wines are offered to a variety of restaurants, premium hotels, sports and entertainment venues nationwide.  The company is located in Napa, California, and you can find them online at FreeFlowWines.com, on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Flickr @FreeFlowWine.

Products & Services


Free Flow Wines’ state-of-the-art kegging and production facility is located in Napa, CA. Vetted by the world’s most sophisticated quality control teams, our processes and procedures were developed entirely in-house, to ensure that premium wines get from the barrel to the tap, tasting just the winemaker intended. Our fully automated kegging line cleans and fills kegs, ensuring that every keg is wine-ready. Our facility is also home to a custom water reclamation system that cleans over 95% of our wastewater for reuse.  To improve our logistical footprint and offer additional services to wineries looking to fill on the east coast, Free Flow Wines will be opening an East Coast Filling Station.

Our Services Include:
Keg Filling: State-of-the-art Keg Cleaning, Wine QC & Filling Technology
Compliance: COLA Compliance, Label Printing & Excise Tax Management Storage & Fulfillment 
Sales & Marketing Support
Complete Logistics: Keg Tracking, Keg Deposit Management, Distributor Setup & Sales, Training & Keg Return Logistics

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Our Office
Our Office
Our office located in Napa, CA and is the home to our production facility. In the area? Feel free to call us at 415-626-1215 and set up a tour Monday through Friday from 9AM to 5PM PT.
Our Kegs
Our Kegs
Free Flow Wines was founded on a principle: to reduce the carbon footprint of the wine industry and improve wine quality. One 19.5L keg eliminates 26 empty wine bottles, corks, labels and cardboard boxes from going to the landfill or being recycled.
Our Facility
Our Facility
Our facility is located in Napa, CA and is vetted by the world’s most sophisticated quality control teams. Our fully automated kegging line cleans and fills kegs, ensuring that every keg is wine-ready.
Our Water Reclamation System
Our Water Reclamation System
Our facility is located in Napa, CA and is home to a custom water reclamation system that cleans over 95% of our wastewater for reuse.
Wine on Tap
Wine on Tap
There are over 4,000 accounts pouring wine on tap in the states. Head to www.trywineontap.com and browse the Accounts List to find wine on tap near you!
Free Flow Wines Leadership Team
Free Flow Wines Leadership Team
From left to right: Ted Carrick, Director of Supply Chain, Dan Donahoe, Co-Founder & Chairman, Mike Centron, Vice President of Finance, Heather Clauss, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Rob Perman, Director of Operations and Jordan Kivelstadt, Co-Founder & CEO
Free Flow Wines and TAP'D Draft Solutions
Free Flow Wines and TAP'D Draft Solutions
2016 Team Photo
Why Wine on Tap?
Why Wine on Tap?
We're making wine smarter, fresher and friendlier through Wine on Tap. Check out our video and then go to our website to find out how to get involved!
Free Flow Wines & Luna Vineyards Wine Country Benefit - December 3rd 2017

Join us - eat, drink and be merry for a cause. In partnership with Free Flow Wines, Luna Vineyards is hosting a Napa wildfire relief benefit to support those who were affected by the tragic fires of California Wine Country. 100% of ticket proceeds will be donated to the Napa Valley Community Foundation. Come one, come all! 


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Free Flow Wines Announces the Winners of the 2017 KEGGY Awards
01 November, 2017

The 2017 KEGGY Awards

Free Flow Wines announced the winners of the 4th annual KEGGY Awards to honor wineries, distributors, equipment providers and restaurant operators for their exceptional and sustainable contributions to the wine on tap category. The award ceremony, intended to be hosted at Luna Vineyards on October 19th, 2017 was cancelled due to the Napa and Sonoma wildfires. In lieu of the celebration, both Free Flow Wines and Luna Vineyards will be collaborating to host a fire relief benefit on Sunday, December 3rd at Luna Vineyards.

To date, more than 13.6 million bottles, or approximately 20.3 million pounds of waste, have been diverted from the landfill through the use of Free Flow’s reusable stainless steel kegs. Each Free Flow keg holds the equivalent of 26 bottles of wine and will save 1,560 bottles from the landfill over its lifetime. Free Flow currently has more than 149,000 stainless steel kegs in their fleet.

“One of our most important metrics of success is how much we reduce the wine industry's impact on the environment. As sustainability is one of our four core values, we ensure it guides our decision making – from opening an East Coast kegging facility that reduces the carbon footprint of our logistics, to offering wine canning as a sustainable alternative packaging option,” said Jordan Kivelstadt, Co-Founder & CEO of Free Flow Wines. “We’d like to thank all of our partners for their contributions. Together we build categories that make a meaningful difference.”

 

WINERY - AWARD RECIPIENTS

Saved more than 1,000,000 bottles from the landfill:

Gotham Project

 

Saved more than 500,000 bottles from the landfill:

Hahn Family Wines

The Wine Group

 

Saved more than 100,000 bottles from the landfill:

Clemenza Vini Imports, LLC

Dry Creek Vineyard

Foley Family Wines

Luna Vineyards

MacRostie Winery & Vineyards

Matchbook Wine Company

Peregrine Ranch / VTPR Wine

St. Mayhem & the girls in the vineyard

 

DISTRIBUTOR - AWARD RECIPIENTS

Saved more than 500,000 bottles from the landfill:

Republic National Distributing Company of Texas

 

Saved more than 100,000 bottles from the landfill:

Breakthru Beverage Arizona

Breakthru Beverage Florida

Republic National Distributing Company of Maryland

Skurnik Wines of New York

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Colorado

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Illinois

The Winebow Group of California

The Winebow Group of Virginia

Young’s Market Company of Washington

 

AMBASSADOR - AWARD RECIPIENTS ­

David Whitney of Draft Doctor LLC

Jon Schlegel of Snooze Eatery

Kent Bearden of Saint Marc Pub-Cafe

 

“PEOPLE’S CHOICE” - AWARD RECIPIENT

Bar Viñedo of Queen Creek, Arizona

 


Wine Country Strong - Free Flow Update
18 October, 2017

Dear Friends,

This last week has been one of the most challenging in wine country’s history. Many of us were awoken early Monday morning to flames, evacuations and a tremendous amount of uncertainty. Free Flow was fortunate – all members of our team are safe, no one lost their home and our facility was unscathed. We are so grateful.

This feeling of gratitude is coupled with the tremendous sorrow we feel for the community, our family, friends and colleagues that were less fortunate. In response to this catastrophe, our community has come together to support the thousands of people displaced by the fires and more than 10,000 first responders that risked everything to save our lives, homes and businesses. We cannot thank the first responders enough for their tireless efforts.

Free Flow’s annual KEGGY Awards - a celebration that brings wineries, distributors and retailers nationwide together in wine country to commemorate what makes our industry so special - was scheduled for October 19th. While our community has demonstrated incredible cohesion throughout the past week, I believe that now is the time to focus on rebuilding and supporting those whose lives were so profoundly impacted. Therefore, we have decided to cancel the event. Free Flow will in turn, redirect those efforts in partnership with Luna Vineyards, to host a fire relief benefit on Sunday, December 3rd. We can now shift the energy, resources and funds we were putting towards celebrating our community, into rebuilding it.

I encourage everyone to find some way to support the people who have been displaced by the terrible fires. If you’re looking for a place to donate, we recommend the Napa Valley Community Foundation and the Sonoma Community Foundation.

The entire Free Flow team is sending our thoughts to all of those impacted. We truly appreciate the incredible outpour of concern and support from our partners, friends and colleagues across the country and intend to pay forward that kindness, by helping our community rebuild.

Thank you and stay #WineCountryStrong!

Jordan Kivelstadt
Co-Founder & CEO
Free Flow Wines


Join Jordan Kivelstadt As He Presents the Latest Wine-on-Tap Trends
04 October, 2017

Level up your keg game with Free Flow Wines' quarterly State of the Market webinar, presented by Free Flow Wines CEO & Co-Founder, Jordan Kivelstadt. 

This quartely webinar, a part of Free Flow's Institute, dives into in-depth market analysis, national & regional account updates, current wine-on-tap trends and concludes with a live Q&A.  The webinar is scheduled for Monday, October 30th at 11:00AM PT and interested parties can sign up for the event here.

Please note: This webinar is available exclusively for our winery clients.Jordan Kivelstadt, Co-Founder & CEO, Free Flow Wines


TAP’D Draft Solutions and HHBMS Join Forces to Expand Draft Services Throughout Northern California
01 September, 2017

As of July 1st, 2017 TAP’D Draft Solutions has merged with HHBMS, Inc., Draft Maintenance Company. The companies will do business as TAP’D Draft Solutions, a draft installation and maintenance division of Free Flow Wines.

TAP’D Draft Solution’s expanded service area will now include Alameda, Contra Costa, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties with the addition of more field technicians.

Harry Harris, the former President of HHBMS, Inc. will be taking over as General Manager of TAP’D Draft Solutions. With over thirty years of experience in Bay Area draft maintenance solutions, Harris brings a wealth of knowledge and connections. “I am looking forward to helping TAP’D Draft Solutions expand its services in the greater Bay Area and beyond,” said Harry. Additionally, Adam Beese has been named the North Bay Supervisor and will oversee operations and expansion throughout the region.

“Draft line cleaning and maintenance is the key to pouring quality beverages on tap —whether it’s beer, wine, cider, spirits, coffee, or kombucha,” said Free Flow Wines Co-Founder and CEO Jordan Kivelstadt. “Bringing Harry Harris and his team on board TAP’D Draft Solutions will allow us to continue growing our installation and maintenance services beyond the Bay Area.”

TAP’D Draft Solutions now has 33 employees and operates out of the Free Flow Wines headquarters in Napa, California. The company provides high-quality draft installation and line cleaning services for key accounts throughout Northern California including Levi's Stadium, Marriott Hotels, Hilton Hotels, Hillstone Restaurant Group, and more.

 

About TAP’D Draft Solutions

TAP’D Draft Solutions provides custom draft design, installation, maintenance and line cleaning for draft systems. The company’s draft solutions enable innovative new products that go beyond beer and wine, to include on-tap cocktails, spirits, coffee, and more. Formerly Cuff’s Tap Service, the company has been the leading provider of beer and wine draft services in the Bay Area since 1999. Their team has decades of experience installing, maintaining and troubleshooting all types of draft systems. TAP’D Draft Solutions is a division of Free Flow Wines and can be found online at TapdDraft.com and on Facebook & Instagram @tapddraft. Call 1-844-ALL-TAPS for more information. 


Why Does Paul Leary of Blackbird Vineyards Keg with Free Flow Wines?
23 August, 2017

STORY SERIES: BLACKBIRD VINEYARDS

Dedicated to terroir-driven, handcrafted and expressive wines, Blackbird Vineyards does not sacrifice an ounce of quality. In effort to stay on trend and explore sustainable packaging beyond the glass, Blackbird Vineyards decided to put their premium wine in the hands of Free Flow Wines.

Paul Leary, President of Blackbird Vineyards, had several reasons for moving their wine to stainless steel kegs. His goal, was to utilize “alternate formats for restaurants that can provide consistent inventory control, less storage needs and generally a bit of savings than wine out of 750ml bottles.”

In addition to the environmental, logistic, and economic benefits of wine on tap, Leary also remarked that wine on tap opened up more opportunities and “ultimately allows us to discuss other products in our portfolio that may be appropriate for an account.” Leary also commented on the ease of his experience kegging wine, “partnering with the Free Flow team has been seamless from an operational perspective, allowing our team to focus on account development, rather than keg operations.”

Blackbird Vineyards is currently kegging Rosé, Malbec and Arise Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend, which is one of the most premium red wines available on tap in the United States.

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2017 KEGGY Awards - Last Chance to Nominate!
28 June, 2017

The 4th annual KEGGY Awards will be held this October in Napa, CA. Once again, we will roll out the green carpet to award our industry partners for their outstanding sustainability achievements and stellar wine-on-tap programs. 

This year's ceremony will include the highly-coveted People's Choice Award which honors one exceptional account pouring wine-on-tap. We are accepting nominations through June 30th for your favorite restaurant, bar, hotel, or any other location showcasing an incredible kegged wine program. Voting commences July 1st. 


Earth Day is Every Day at Free Flow Wines - Sustainability Facts to Know
19 April, 2017

Sustainability is one of our core values here at Free Flow and we are excited to announce that since 2009, our kegging program has prevented 16,647,111 pounds of trash from reaching the landfill. How can we top that? The launch of our new canning program! Our canning services will allow us to bring another sustainable packaging option that ensures quality to a broader retail market. In honor of Earth Day, here's a few facts on how Free Flow Wines and our partners reduce, reuse, and recycle:

REDUCE: There is a 96% reduction in the CO2 footprint with reusable stainless steel kegs. No corks to pull, no foil to cut, no bottles to recycle, and no heavy cases to ship. 

REUSE: Our stainless steel kegs are 100% reusable. Free Flow Wines has also invested in a state-of-the-art water reclamation system that recycles 99% of all water used by the company. 

RECYCLE: Aluminum cans are recycled more than any other material. Aluminum also contains more than three times the recycled content of glass or plastic (PET) bottles. 

Do yourself -and the planet- a favor and drink sustainably! 


Filling Station East Open for Business
22 March, 2017

The walls are up, the tanks are in, equipment is fine-tuned and we had our first customer keg in February! This new facility offers keg leasing, filling, fulfillment, bulk storage and logistics services, and is conveniently located near the Port of Newark in Bayonne, NJ - an ideal location for kegging imported and east coast wines.  Filling Station East will also greatly improve our return logistics - allowing us to route empty kegs on the east coast directly to NJ, reducing our carbon footprint and lowering your costs along the way. 

Interested in our bulk storage program or filling on the east coast? Email info@freeflowwines.com to get started!


Free Flow Wines Expands Service Offerings to Include a Wine Canning Program, Bulk Wine Storage, and the Opening of an East Coast Filling Station
06 February, 2017

Free Flow Wines, the pioneers of premium wine on tap, announced today an expansion of services to include a wine canning program at their Napa headquarters. The program will launch in April 2017 and provide services for filling 375ml and 250ml cans with wine, sake, cider and sparkling wine products, allowing wineries around the world to send bulk wine to be kegged and canned at the same location. Free Flow is actively in discussion with numerous wineries to bring their products to market in can format later this spring.

Read the full release here.


Draft Wine Companies Free Flow And Gotham Project Open East Coast Hub To Boost Import Business
03 February, 2017

February 1, 2017


Wine-kegging companies Gotham Project and Free Flow Wines have teamed to open a new East Coast facility that they say will dramatically increase their output of premium imported wines-on-tap.

This week, Gotham and Free Flow—which together control nearly 70% of the burgeoning wine-on-tap market—are opening the 12,000-square-foot Filling Station East in Bayonne, New Jersey. The new facility will give Free Flow and Gotham Project a coast-to-coast national platform with a dedicated eet of 150,000 stainless steel kegs. The facility is strategically located to service the key imported wine markets along the East Coast.

“This will have a profound impact on increased availability of imported wines on tap,” Gotham Project co-founder and managing partner Bruce Schneider told SND. Jordan Kivelstadt, founder of Free Flow Wines, added, “There is a huge demand for wine-on-tap nationwide and the Filling Station East will allow us to continue to accelerate adoption of the fastest-growing on-premise wine format.”

With Free Flow and Gotham Project spearheading the category over the past seven years, draft wine has been steadily expanding its presence in the on-premise market, driven by domestic oerings. Free Flow, which distributes more than 250 wine brands in kegs nationwide, also operates a 25,000-square-foot headquarters in Napa. Gotham Project, based in New Jersey, has been distributing to about 30 states. Overall, the wine-on-tap market in the U.S. is expected to top 300,000 kegs (or about 650,000 nine-liter cases) in 2017 after exponential growth over the past few years.

—Daniel Marsteller


Join the Free Flow Wines Team!
28 December, 2016

We are looking for candidates who are passionate about what they do, enjoy working hard and thinking outside the ‘bottle’, but also appreciate a work-life balance.  At Free Flow, a diverse, supportive and fun environment is core to our culture and we are looking for employees who share these same values.  If you enjoy a fast-paced and dynamic workplace and care about quality, customer success and sustainability, we are looking for you.  We believe that by attracting and retaining the best talent, together we can build a category that will make a difference, from the wines that are poured into your glass to saving the world – one keg at a time.  See what openings are available here.


Wine On Tap: Strong Category Growth Projected
16 November, 2016

Wine On Tap Today

Excitement for wine on tap remains strong with the increase in new high-profile accounts installing taps,
the expansion of varietals available in keg and an incredible showing at Free Flow Wines' KEGGY Awards this year.
Stay up to date with the latest wine on tap trends by signing up for Free Flow Wines monthly newsletter today!


Join Free Flow for the November Wine-On-Tap Sales Training!
07 November, 2016

Join us for our monthly "Wine-On-Tap Sales Training' webinar on Thursday, November 17th at 10:30AM PT with Chairman & Co-Founder, Dan Donahoe.  Dan will cover the basics on how to effectively sell wine on tap, review draft equipment basics, potential market opportunities and a live Q&A.  


Free Flow Wines Announces the Winners of the 3rd Annual KEGGY Awards
28 October, 2016

View the winners of the 2016 KEGGY Awards here.

2016 KEGGY Awards

 


Want to be 'in the know' with all things wine on tap?
21 September, 2016

Keep up to date with all the latest Free Flow News by joining our mailing list.  Our Wine On Tap Today newsletter is sent out the second Friday of every month and includes Free Flow updates, wine on tap trends, talking points for by the glass programs and more!

Wine On Tap Today


Round Pond Estate Opened a Whole New Channel of Distribution by Offering Wine on Tap
07 September, 2016

This month's Free Flow Stories Series features Round Pond Estate, a Napa Valley winery that has opened a whole new channel ofdistribution by offering their wines on tap.

Round Pond


Join Free Flow For Their First Ever Wine-On-Tap Sales Training!
24 August, 2016

You asked for more sales training and we listened!  Join us for our first ever 'Wine-On-Tap Sales Training' webinar Friday, September 9th with Chairman & Co-Founder, Dan Donahoe.  Dan will cover the basics on how to effectively sell wine on tap, review draft equipment basics, potential market opportunities and a live Q&A.

Wine-On-Tap Sales Training


Wine On Tap Today
08 August, 2016

Keep up to date with all the latest Free Flow News by joining our mailing list.  Our Wine On Tap Today newsletter is sent out the second Friday of every month and includes Free Flow updates, wine on tap trends, talking points for by the glass programs and more!


Visit Us in Yountville!
27 July, 2016

Attending the Wines & Vines Packaging Conference on Wednesday, August 17th?

Come #showyoursteel with us at booth #30! Catch up with Heather and Georgia on the latest Wine On Tap trends, how our Performance Pricing Program is reducing costs, and all the exciting things about to happen at the Free Flow facility!   If you would like to set up time to talk about our custom kegging & leasing programs, please email Georgia at georgia@freeflowwines.com.

Wines & Vines


KEGGY People's Choice Voting Is Now Open!
12 July, 2016

The nominations are in! Have you cast your vote for the #KEGGY People's Choice Award? We have 18 nominees representing phenomenal #wineontap programs across the country. Who will win this year's award? You decide. Vote now! http://ow.ly/UlXF300qsij

 

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Hurry! KEGGY Nominations Close June 30th
20 June, 2016

Nominate your favorite neighborhood spot (with taps!), the bar with the most beautiful wine draft system you've ever seen, a venue where you enjoy wine on tap, or a restaurant whose commitment to sustainability extend from the dishes they create to the wines the pour on tap at: http://freeflowwines.com/keggy-awards-peoples-choice-award-nominee-form/.  Or, share a photo with the hashtag #KEGGYAwards to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Don't forget to follow us (@FreeFlowWines) for more voting details!  Voting will commence July 1st.

KEGGY Awards

 


Tablas Creek Discusses Success with Wine on Tap
24 May, 2016

Our "Stories Series" campaign launched last year, featuring a selection of our partners and the success they've found with wine on tap.  We know that to see continued growth in the category, we need to see success at all levels - from the production floor to first pour.   This month's Stories Series features Tablas Creek, a vineyard in Paso Robles, talking about the challenges of managing their own keg program before working with Free Flow and the success they've found with kegging their wine.


Now Accepting 2016 People's Choice KEGGY Nominations!
18 May, 2016

Know a restaurant account with an outstanding wine on tap program?  Then we want to know! Nominate your favorite neighborhood spot (with taps!), the bar with the most beautiful wine draft system you've ever seen, a venue where you enjoy wine on tap, or a restaurant whose commitment to sustainability extend from the dishes they create to the wines the pour on tap here: http://freeflowwines.com/keggy-awards-peoples-choice-award-nominee-form/.  Or, share a photo with the hashtag #KEGGYAwards to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Don't forget to follow us (@FreeFlowWines) for more voting details!  Voting will commence July 1st.


New Website Outlines Success with Wine On Tap!
15 April, 2016

FreeFlowWines.com has been completely re-designed and includes a host of useful resources including information on our draft equipment partners, new sales & marketing tools and much, much more!

We'd love to hear what you think of the revamped site, so email us today at info@freeflowwines.com.


Tapping the Potential of Wine in Kegs
11 March, 2016

Imagine ordering a glass of wine at a bar and having it served at the perfect temperature and tasting consistently the same, time after time. "That's what [wine on tap] is all about: delivering a better glass of wine," said Jordan Kivelstadt, CEO and cofounder of Napa-based Free Flow Wines, a kegging service provider.

Read Full Story on Wine Spectator


Wine on Tap Innovator, Free Flow Wines, Named a 2015 Inc. 5000 Company
26 August, 2015

Free Flow Wines is recognized for their 398% growth rate of the past three years and is the only Napa-based company to make this year’s list

Napa, CA, August 18, 2015—Inc. magazine today ranked Free Flow Wines as no. 1081 on its 34th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names are members of the Inc. 5000.

Free Flow Wines Company

“Being named an Inc. 5000 company has been a goal of ours since we founded Free Flow in 2009,” said Free Flow Wines’ co-founder and CEO, Jordan Kivelstadt. “We are honored to be named as one of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.”

Free Flow Wines is the pioneer of premium wine on tap, one of the fastest growing segments of the wine and hospitality industry. The company has emerged as the largest kegging service provider, supporting the wine industry with logistics and marketing to support the wine on tap category. More than 3,900 locations nationwide now offer wine and other products on tap and that number is rapidly increasing.

“We’ve experienced a growth rate of 398% over the past three years, which is astonishing,” added Kivelstadt. “We’ve worked hard to drive the adoption of wine on tap and it’s humbling to be honored for our hard work.”

Free Flow Wines was the only Napa-based company to make the 2015 Inc. 5000 list. The company currently fills over 12,000+ kegs per month for more than 220 quality wine brands. They recently expanded their wine on tap program to include other innovative draft products like spirits, coffee and sake, and the company plans to introduce additional on-tap products in the future.

The 2015 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com, is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $205 billion, generating 647,000 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000 can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000. Free Flow Wines’ Inc. 5000 listing can be found at http://www.inc.com/profile/free-flow-wines.

Free Flow Wines will be attending the annual Inc. 5000 event that honors all of the 2015 companies, October 21 through 23, 2015 in Orlando, FL.

About Free Flow Wines

Based in Napa, California, Free Flow Wines, founded in 2009 by Jordan Kivelstadt and Dan Donahoe, has emerged as the largest kegging service provider, supporting the wine industry with logistics and marketing to support the wine on tap category. Free Flow Wines delivers the world’s wine brands to the taps of restaurants and venues nationwide. Free Flow Wines’ kegging and logistics services have allowed the wine and hospitality industries to move away from bottles to a sustainable, environmentally friendly way of serving wine on tap, while maintaining wine integrity from the barrel to the tap. Free Flow Wines was has more than 220 wine brands in kegs, such as Frog’s Leap from the Napa Valley, King Estate Winery from Oregon and Diseno from Mendoza, Argentina. Their clients’ wines are offered to a variety of restaurants, premium hotels, sports and entertainment venues nationwide. The company is located in Napa, California, and you can find them online at FreeFlowWines.com, on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Flickr @FreeFlowWine. For a list of the premium wines available through Free Flow Wines: http://bit.ly/1np1mP6

Inc. 5000 Methodology

The 2015 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2011 to 2014. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2011. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent – not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies – as of December 31, 2014. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2011 is $100,000; the minimum for 2014 is $2 million.


HALL Winery featured in new Stories Series campaign by Free Flow Wines
28 July, 2015

Feedback from winery partners is the core of business at Free Flow Wines, especially when it comes to improving services for clients. In order to see continued growth in the wine on tap category, success is needed at all levels - from production floor to first pour. Free Flow is excited to announce the launch of a new "Stories Series" campaign featuring partners and their success stories with wine on tap. Stories of success will be shared from various viewpoints within the category - from winery to distributor to account pouring wine on tap.

Kathryn Hall of HALL Wineswas an early adopter of the wine on tap movement and has happily seen the category continue to grow, with her HALL Sauvignon Blanc thriving on tap. Her story is below.

Free Flow Wines Stories Series - featuring HALL Wines

Free Flow Wines Stories Series - featuring HALL Wines

Free Flow Wines Stories Series - featuring HALL Wines


Wastewater System at Free Flow Wines - Bioreactor system cleans wastewater, saves $1.5 million upfront plus monthly charges
06 July, 2015

WITH THE DROUGHT ENTERING its fourth year, water is a topic on every California grower’s mind, but it also affects wineries. It takes a significant amount of water to process grapes into packaged wine, and disposing of that water has become a big issue as well.

Reclamation Tanks at Free Flow Wines in Napa.

Free Flow Wines in Napa, which offers kegging and logistics services that allow wineries to deliver wine on tap, is not a winery, but it has the same problems that wineries face with regards to wastewater resulting from its wine delivery, keg and equipment cleaning and other process water.

Free Flow kegs wine for many wineries. The wineries drop off small lots of finished wine in totes (275 gallons), tanks or tanker trucks. Free Flow fills kegs with the wine, ships them to distributors and retailers, then retrieves the kegs for reuse, which means the company has to clean and then refill them. The company said that its cleaning processes have been vetted by the world’s most sophisticated quality control teams and their standard operating procedures were developed entirely in-house. Its 14-stage cleaning and sparging process ensures that every keg is cleaned and made wine-ready. These cleaning, filling and tracking systems ensure that fine wine gets from the barrel to the tap tasting just the way the winemaker intended, according to the company.

Needless to say, achieving this involves a lot of water. After being quoted a cost of $1.9 million to hook up and then pay by the volume to discharge wastewater into Napa Sanitation’s system, or $50,000 per year to haul off the wastewater, Free Flow opted to spend $400,000 for a bioreactor and ultra filtration system instead. The water that emerges is clean enough to drink, and certainly suitable for cleaning kegs and other equipment.

To date, Free Flow has reused more than 1 million gallons of water and kept $1.5 million in the bank. The company uses and reuses about 3,000 gallons of water per day. In addition, Free Flow said that its customers have saved more than 4,285,564 wine bottles from U.S. landfills. There is a 96 percent reduction in the CO2 footprint with reusable stainless steel kegs. With more than 3,900 locations in the United States that offer wine on tap, there is a tremendous amount of packaging and solid waste that has been eliminated from landfills by restaurants, hotels, sports and entertainment venues nationwide.

[Click here to read the full Wine Business Monthly case study.]


Wine On Tap Leaders, Free Flow Wines and Gotham Project, to Collaborate on East Coast Filling Facility
22 June, 2015

The two leaders in the wine on tap category, Free Flow Wines and Gotham Project, have announced a joint venture for a state-of-the-art production facility on the East Coast. The new kegging facility is expected to open in late 2015 in Kearny, New Jersey, subject to regulatory approval. The facility will be adjacent to the largest port in the country for imported wines and will offer kegging and logistics support to wineries, importers and distributors on the East Coast. Both companies will continue separate operations, with the joint facility enabling Free Flow Wines to better service clients on the East Coast and in Europe and allowing the Gotham Project to scale its business.

“This partnership is beautifully complimentary as we have outgrown our current facility and Free Flow Wines is looking to expand their reach and services to the East Coast to better support imported wines,” says Gotham Project Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Bruce Schneider. Free Flow Co-Founder and CEO, Jordan Kivelstadt notes, “In addition to expanding our kegging services for imported wines, this facility provides more logistical efficiency and an expanded platform to keep developing the wine on tap category.”

“Gotham has long been a leader in the wine on tap movement and together we will accelerate the category’s growth, open new markets, and build on our combined passion of the past six years,” continues Kivelstadt. “There is a huge demand for wine on tap nationwide and having two production facilities will allow us to better service accounts bi-coastally.”

Gotham Project will continue to keg and sell their portfolio of wines as they always have, while Free Flow will continue to focus on kegging services, logistics and category building. Free Flow Wines will also continue to maintain their headquarters and West Coast production facility in Napa, CA.


Wine on Tap is the Green Thing to Do This Earth Day
20 April, 2015

New infographic from Free Flow Wines highlights the environment benefits of wine on tap. Free Flow Wines is Bay Area and California Green Certified, more than 4,285,564 wine bottles have been saved from U.S. landfills to date

WineOnTapGreenInfographicNapa, CA, April 20, 2015—Ordering a glass of wine on tap is the green thing to do this Earth Day. Free Flow Wines, the pioneer of wine on tap, today unveiled new waste reduction numbers highlighting the green aspects of wine on tap in stainless steel kegs. In conjunction, Free Flow Wines unveiled their latest sustainability numbers and a new infographic, titled ‘Greener, Fresher, Better,’ that showcases the green benefits and lower carbon emissions that wine on tap in a stainless steel keg offers.

“There is a 96% reduction in the CO2 footprint with reusable stainless steel kegs,” said Free Flow Wines Co-Founder and CEO, Jordan Kivelstadt. “With more than 3,900 locations in the U.S. offering wine on tap there is a tremendous amount of packaging and solid waste that has been eliminated from our landfills and we are proud of that accomplishment.”

The company also announced today that they are now Green Certified by both the Bay Area Green Business Program and the California Green Business Program. Free Flow Wines complies with the environmental regulations that distinguishes small businesses that protect, preserve and sustain the environment. In addition to their environmentally friendly stainless steel kegs, Free Flow Wines has a state-of-the-art water reclamation system that recycles 99% of all water used by the company.

“Being green is core to our company and we are honored to be Green Certified,” added Kivelstadt. “The key to our sustainability numbers really is our stainless steel kegs. With a paltry 31.6% recycling rate for plastic bottles, most plastic kegs end up in a landfill. Our steel kegs are THE most sustainable, environmentally friendly way of serving wine on tap.”

Free Flow Wines’ kegging and logistics services have brought more than 220 premium wine brands to the taps of more than 3,900 restaurants, hotels, sports, and entertainment venues nationwide. To date, the company has removed more than 4,285,564 wine bottles from U.S. landfills, equaling more than 6.5 million pounds of trash.

Across the country, businesses are embracing wine on tap as the new way to serve wine. On example is the Neapolitan style restaurant, Brick + Wood in Fairfield, CT. Brick + Wood exclusively offers wine on tap and has 30 taps offering a variety of premium wines. Owner Clara Cavalli says, “We go through 70-80 kegs per month and in just 5 months of being open we are proud to say that we’ve saved more than 10,400 wine bottles from the landfill. Our customers are incredibly receptive to the quality and the freshness of the wines and they love to know that each glass of wine on tap also helps the environment.”

Each Free Flow Wines keg holds the equivalent of 26 wine bottles and each keg that goes into distribution will save 2,340 lbs. of trash from the landfill over its lifetime. The company currently has over 80,000 stainless steel kegs in their fleet.

Wineries are also realizing the environmental benefits of wine on tap to their business. As Bob Blue, Founding Winemaker of Bonterra Organic Vineyards says, “We believe wine on tap offers the best of all worlds; convenience, freshness and environmental consciousness. Bonterra is excited to be launching our first offering in a keg, a Sauvignon Blanc made with organic grapes.  We are constantly looking to innovate and improve the way we deliver our wine to our customers, as well as do what’s right for the environment, and wine on tap allows us to do just that.”

The Free Flow Wines kegging equipment was custom built for placing fine wine safely into kegs and their state-of-the-art facility has been vetted by the wine industry’s most sophisticated quality control teams. Premium wine in the Free Flow kegs never sees oxygen so it’s guaranteed fresh and there is no wasted wine. Free Flow Wines currently fills more than 9,200 kegs per month for wineries and distributes the kegs to thousands of venues around the country.

For a list of the premium wines available through Free Flow Wines: http://bit.ly/1np1mP6

About Free Flow Wines

Free Flow Wines is the pioneer of premium wine on tap and delivers the world’s wine brands to the taps of restaurants and venues nationwide. Free Flow Wines’ kegging and logistics services have allowed the wine and hospitality industries to move away from bottles to a sustainable, environmentally friendly way of serving wine on tap, while maintaining wine integrity from the barrel to the tap. Free Flow Wines was founded in 2009 and has more than 220 wine brands in kegs, such as Frog’s Leap from the Napa Valley, King Estate Winery from Oregon and Diseno from Mendoza, Argentina. Their clients’ wines are offered to a variety of restaurants, premium hotels, sports and entertainment venues nationwide. The company is located in Napa, California, and you can find them online at FreeFlowWines.com, on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Flickr @FreeFlowWine.


Boutique Napa Valley Wines Now Available On Tap
13 November, 2014

Premium Napa wines on tap to be featured at the Napa Valley Film Festival

Napa, CA, November 13, 2014—Free Flow Wines, the pioneer of premium wine on tap, today announced that several boutique Napa Valley wines are now available in a keg format and are currently featured on tap at the Napa Valley Film Festival. Free Flow Wines provides wine kegging and logistics services for a number of Napa Valley wineries and those featured at the festival include Somerston’s Priest Ranch, Peju’s Tess, DEFINE Wines, and Flora Springs. Napa Valley Film Festival attendees will get a chance to taste these acclaimed wines on tap at select film festival special events, giving attendees access to the latest trend in wine packaging. 

“When you have a high-end wine you want to make sure the quality of the wine is maintained from the barrel to the bar,” said David James, Winemaker at DEFINE Wines. “Wine in a keg stays fresh so we feel confident that each glass of wine will taste just as I intended.” 

Free Flow Wines' kegging and logistics services have allowed more than 200 premium wines to be available on tap at over 3,000 restaurants, hotels, airports, sports, and entertainment venues nationwide. The Free Flow Wines kegging equipment was custom built for placing fine wine safely into kegs and their state-of-the-art facility has been vetted by the wine industry’s most sophisticated quality control teams. Premium wine in Free Flow kegs never sees oxygen so it’s guaranteed fresh and there is never wasted wine or spoilage.

“It’s no longer difficult to get premium wines by the glass,” said Jordan Kivelstadt, Founder and CEO of Free Flow Wines. “Wine on tap allows these high-end wines to be easily poured behind the bar and we are thrilled to have so many of our Napa neighbors offer their amazing wines in this format.”

Wine on tap is currently being served at special Napa Valley Film Festival events, taking place November 12 – 16, 2014. The event will feature high-end Napa Valley wines at various locations throughout the valley. The Free Flow kegs will allow these wines to maintain quality while cutting gown on the amount of waste that is generated at the event. Over the 20-year life of a Free Flow stainless steel keg, the carbon footprint of the same amount of wine poured from bottles is reduced by 96%. Free Flow Wines has removed almost 3.9 million bottles of material waste from U.S. landfills since their inception in 2009. The company is proud of the quality of their kegs and their commitment to the environment.

 

About the Napa Valley Film Festival 

The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization headquartered in Napa, California. The mission of the Napa Valley Film Festival is to celebrate the cinematic arts and enrich the community by presenting an annual world-class festival and year-round education and outreach programs. The ultimate celebration of film, food and wine, NVFF lights up the picturesque towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga at the most colorful time of the year. NVFF features over 100 new independent films and studio sneak previews screening in 12 beautiful venues throughout the four walk-able villages, as 300 visiting filmmakers interact with audiences at screenings and intimate events. Attendees enjoy film panels & culinary demonstrations, wine tasting pavilions, the spectacular Festival Gala, Celebrity Tributes, Awards Ceremony, an array of parties, VIP receptions, winemaker dinners and more. NVFF takes place November 12 – 16, 2014. Passes on sale now here: napavalleyfilmfest.org.

 

 

About Free Flow Wines

Free Flow Wines is the pioneer of premium wine on tap and delivers the world’s wine brands to the taps of restaurants and venues nationwide. Free Flow Wines' kegging and logistics services have allowed the wine and hospitality industries to move away from bottles to a more sustainable, environmentally friendly way of serving wine on tap, while maintaining wine quality. Free Flow Wines was founded in 2009 and has more than 200 wine brands in keg from Frog’s Leap in the Napa Valley, to 10 Span Vineyards in Santa Barbara and Banfi’s Aviatto from Alto Adige. Their clients' wines are offered on tap at a variety of restaurants, premium hotels, sports and entertainment venues nationwide. The company is located in Napa, California, and you can find them online at FreeFlowWines.com, on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Flickr @FreeFlowWine.

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Free Flow Wines in Forbes Magazine!
06 May, 2014

"Are kegs the future for wine"? We have been featured in an article in Forbes magazine talking about the future of wine on tap. To read more, click on the link below.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/hollieslade/2014/05/06/thinking-outside-the-bottle-are-kegs-the-future-for-wine/


Free Flow Wines at Unified Wine & Grape Symposium
29 January, 2014

If you're at Unified this week, be sure to stop by the Free Flow Wine's booth! We're located on the third floor, booth #3. Meet the team and learn all about the world of wine on tap and what Free Flow has to offer!


Free Flow Wines at Innovation Napa Valley!
02 October, 2013

On Tuesday October 22nd, Founder & CEO of #FreeFlow, Jordan Kivelstadt will be speaking at #InnovationNapaValley during the Emerging Entrepreneurs panel. If you're in #Napa, come listen to some great wine industry speakers and innovators. Check out the website for more information!  www.InnovationNapaValley.com 


Free Flow Wines on WineOhTV!
04 September, 2013

Did you catch Free Flow Wines on WineOhTV? Check out a great episode about wine on tap filmed at Jamber in San Francisco, including a pouring of Qupe grenache!

 


More than 250 Premium Wines Are Now On Tap at 1,500 Venues Nationwide Thanks to Free Flow Wines’ Kegging and Logistics Services
20 August, 2013

Free Flow Wines helps venues ‘go green’ with a better tasting, environmentally friendly way to serve wine by the glass

Napa, CA, August 20, 2013 — Free Flow Wines, the pioneer of premium wine on tap, announced today that more than 250 premium wines are now on tap at more than 1,500 restaurants, hotels, sports and entertainment venues nationwide thanks to Free Flow Wines’ kegging and logistics services. Free Flow Wines has spent the past three years building the infrastructure to make wine on tap a reality for the wine and hospitality industries. Small and large venues, like Marriott Hotels and Caesars Entertainment, are now offering wine on tap at their bars and restaurants. Free Flow Wines recently spearheaded a change to two Florida laws that limited the size of wine containers to one gallon. The new laws allow restaurants and hospitality chains to offer wine on tap in their restaurants across all 50 states.

“Free Flow Wines allows us to offer great wines on tap so that our guests can experience them just as the winemaker intended,” said Lou Trope, Vice President Restaurant and Bar at Marriott Hotels. “It is not only a great quality solution but also alleviates the common wine storage challenges behind the bar.”

The Free Flow Wines kegging equipment was custom built for placing fine wine safely into kegs and their state-of-the-art facility has been vetted by the wine industry’s most sophisticated quality control teams. The company will increase their fleet of 30,000 reusable kegs to 50,000 by the end of this year and is moving to a new 22,000 square foot facility in Napa. Free Flow’s logistics services enable effective distribution of wine in this new format and wineries, from large corporations to small family-owned vineyards, are now offering their premium wines via Free Flow Wines.

“Wine on tap has allowed us to deliver wine in an exciting new way,” said Dave Nientimp, Vice President of Marketing at Constellation Brands, Inc. “The founders of Free Flow Wines are wine industry professionals who understand that quality is key in this business.” “Kegging wine is not easy,” said Dan Donahoe, Co-Founder and Chairman of Free Flow Wines. “We’ve spent a lot of time and energy perfecting the process of placing fine wine in a keg so that it is served exactly as the winemaker intended. The hospitality industry needed this solution to take their wine programs to the next level of quality and sustainability.”

Free Flow Wines is a more sustainable, environmentally friendly way to serve wine on tap for the wine and hospitality industries. These industries are moving away from bottles to tap systems to maintain wine integrity from the barrel to the glass, while cutting down on waste. Each wine keg holds the equivalent of 26 bottles and in 2012 Free Flow Wines saved 347,254 bottles, corks, capsules, labels and cases (equaling over 260 tons of packaging waste) from landfills nationwide.

“Caesars Entertainment pioneered premium wine on tap in Las Vegas,” said Chris Picone, Director of Strategic Sourcing, National Beverage, at Caesars Entertainment. “By installing wine on tap throughout the casino we have saved over four tons of trash and contributed significantly to our Code Green initiative. Wine on tap offers our valued customers a fresher product with every glass whether it’s at one of the Caesars Palace restaurants, live entertainment venues, or the casino floor.”

“The wines we are offering on tap are the wines I enjoy drinking,” said Jordan Kivelstadt, the Co-Founder and CEO of Free Flow Wines, as well as an established winemaker. “We are pleased to offer so many great wines and we look forward to offering more premium labels as we grow our business.”

For a list of the premium wines available through Free Flow Wines: http://bit.ly/11rDqxA.

Free Flow Wines History
Free Flow Wines was founded in 2009 when the company launched their wine on tap services and a proprietary wine on tap brand called Silvertap. While the company has
focused on perfecting their kegging and logistics services, the company recently sold the Silvertap brand to The Smart Wine Company and is now 100% focused on kegging and logistics services for premium wines.

About Free Flow Wines
Free Flow Wines is the pioneer of premium wine on tap and delivers the world’s wine brands to the taps of restaurants and venues nationwide. Free Flow Wines’ kegging and
logistics services have allowed the wine and hospitality industries to move away from bottles to a sustainable, environmentally friendly way of serving wine on tap, while
maintaining wine integrity from the barrel to the tap. Free Flow Wines was founded in 2009 and has more than 250 large and small winery clients from Trefethen Family Vineyards in Napa Valley, to SIMI Winery in Sonoma and King Estate in Oregon. Their clients’ wines are offered on tap to a variety of restaurants, premium hotels, sports and entertainment venues nationwide. Find them online at FreeFlowWines.com, on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Flickr @FreeFlowWine.


Free Flow Wines - Northbay Business Journal
26 July, 2013

Check out this awesome actricle about Free Flow Wines featured in the North Bay Business Journal! 

http://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/76813/free-flows-kegs-tap-wine-by-glass-thirst/


Wine on Tap - #1 Hot Trend in 2013 NRA Survey!
25 January, 2013

"Wine on Tap" was just listed as the #1 Hottest Trend in 2013 in the National Restaurant Association's Bartender Trends Survey in the wine category.

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