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| Claire Kowalick, Wichita Falls Times Record News

A longtime fixture at the Wichita Falls Downtown Farmers Market will soon have a permanent location, thanks in part to $25,000 in funding from the 4B Sales Tax Corporation.

At a 4B meeting, Andy Lee and 6th Street Winery and Tasting Room owner Bill Andersen spoke to the board of directors to request funds to aid in renovation of a historic downtown building.

The business has been in the “incubation” stage, Lee said, for about two and a half years with a regular booth at the farmers market and online sales through their website.

Andersen said before he started the business, he and his wife, Marilyn, a teacher with Wichita Falls ISD, enjoyed visiting vineyards and participating in wine tastings around the state.

While at a vineyard during spring break one year, the couple noticed many visitors to the spot were also educators. Andersen joked that there should be a “Had a Bad Day Chardonnay,” just for teachers.

He began his wine-making journey with a “Wine for Teachers” website. Andersen then began offering his creations at the farmers market.

As an “urban winery,” Andersen said they do not operate a vineyard, but rather purchases grapes which are processed into a variety of vintages including educator-themed flavors like Class from Hell White Zinfandel and Sweet Summer Vacation (a sweet white table wine).

The winery also produces a Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Pinot Noir, red wine blend and Twister Peach.

Andersen said the business will donate a portion of the proceeds from their Wine for Teachers products to WFISD parent-teacher organizations and other education-related programs.

After receiving rave reviews on the wines produced, Andersen decided to renovate a downtown building in the Historic Depot Square area for a tasting room and production area.

A former warehouse and auto parts distribution area at 600 Sixth St. proved to be a prime location for Andersen’s aims.

A former warehouse and auto parts distribution area at 600 Sixth St. proved to be a prime location for Andersen’s aims.

Source Times Record News: 6th Street Winery in Wichita Falls to get $25,000 in 4B funding