Owner and wine maker David Poland started the vineyard renting 2 acres on the Hanson Family farm which grew to 8 acres in three years. As time passed, David began attending seminars and conferences to enhance his interest in viticulture and wine making. In 2010, David reached out to his 2nd cousin Chancey Weidenhamer and his fiancé Holly to gauge their interest in investing in a family owned winery. Fast forward to 2018 and David’s retirement dream of owning and operating a vineyard and winery has come true. Chancey and Holly have been thrilled to be a part of this dream turned reality. Together the three have worked as a team to bring you Hidden Hills.
David was born and raised in Abingdon. David attended ITT Technical Institute in Indianapolis where he received a degree in Tool Design Engineering. He later attended ICC in East Peoria where he received a degree in Manufacturing Engineering. David worked at Outboard Marine Corporation in Galesburg from 1974 to 1979. David hired into Caterpillar at Davenport, IA in 1980 and was transferred to the Peoria area in 1987. He is currently retired after 36 years at Caterpillar Inc. David and Sheri (Owen) have four children between them and 8 grandchildren and enjoy spending any free time with the grandkids. David enjoys traveling when time allows and has been all around the US, Canada and Mexico, nine countries in Europe, and a special trip to wine country of Italy. To David, grapes and wine are not just a hobby but a passion.
Chancey was born and raised outside of Abingdon on his family’s farm. This farm is home to the vineyard. Chancey started his career with the Illinois Air National Guard in 2001. He is currently a Master Sergeant serving in the 182 Civil Engineering Squadron. Chancey has worked in the railroad industry since 2005. In his free time, Chancey enjoys hunting and spending time with his family.
Holly was also born and raised in Abingdon. She moved to the St. Louis area in 2001 where she attended SIU Edwardsville and Washington University. Holly is a physical therapist and the Clinic Manager of Cottage Rehab and Sports Medicine in Galesburg. Holly enjoys serving at the Abingdon United Methodist Church and assisting athletes at ATown School District. In her free time, Holly likes to go dancing and listen to live music as well as spend time with her husband and children (Ava and Owen).