Vino Mobile brings wine on wheels

Jenn Kampmeier created Vinny, the first mobile wine truck in the state of Indiana. (Photo by Anna Skinner)
Jenn Kampmeier created Vinny, the first mobile wine truck in the state of Indiana. (Photo by Anna Skinner)

By Anna Skinner

Carmel’s Jenn Kampmeier organized Rock the Cradle and Indy Family Fest, and now she has a new brainchild – the first mobile wine truck in the state.

She got the bus last winter and began the rehab process in March.

“It took a good eight weeks to do it,” the self-titled “mom-preneur” said. “There’s nothing else out there like it, so we were doing everything ourselves. We got the bus down to the bare bones and built it up again.”

The Vino Mobile, or Vinny as Kampmeier fondly refers to it, has no seats and people can’t ride in the bus. The wine truck is completely mobile with a full bar, and it is available to be rented year-round.

“We always have five wines on there,” she said, stating that riesling, chardonnay, pinot grigio, pinot noir and a cabernet or cab blend are the most popular. “Indiana is a sweet state and we love our moscato, love our riesling, so I’m going through that like hotcakes.”

The wine is purchased from Monarch Beverages, Coastal Wine and Spirits, and Republic National Distributing Company.

Her first few customers include the Westfield City Market, and she has already been booked for weddings. She also has made an appearance at some summer concerts in West Clay, Avon, Noblesville and Fishers.

Glasses of wine cost between $6 and $8, depending on the wine.

Although Vinny has no seats and customers can’t ride the bus like some of the brew buses found around Indianapolis, Kampmeier said that seats are on the agenda.

“Eventually when we get done with 2016 and sit back, franchise is ultimately where I want to go with this,” she said. “We aren’t just a seasonal wine truck because we have a portable bar. We can take a custom bar anywhere and (Vinny) is the transport. He’s the attention-getter.”

Customers have to be more than 21 years old to enjoy beverages. To rent the Vino Mobile Bar for an event or to learn more, visit