Iowa Wine

Famous as a "corn state", Iowa has focused on growing wine grapes in recent years. Acreage under vine is increasing rapidly, with nearly 60 wineries now licensed in the state. Iowa’s soils vary greatly, from those very high in clay, to soils that are gravel based. The areas showing the greatest potential for vines are in the westward “Loess Hills” area and in the northeast, with its magnificent limestone-based soils and steep slopes that stretch over about 20 miles.

Despite all of its strengths, Iowa does have challenges. The state is trying to overcome the devastating effects of 2,4-D, a herbicide which is still commonly used and is extremely lethal to grapes. Iowa also has four very distinct and extreme seasons. Hot summer days make grapes susceptible to fungal disease, and in the winter -20 F days are not uncommon. Hardy cultivars are a must in this region. There are few vinifera varieties grown in the state, however much work is done with French Hybrids and native American grapes. Iowa is going Read more »

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  • Catawba

    Even older than the Concord grape, this historically-important variety is thought to be a chance seedling from North ...

  • Marechal Foch

    Marechal Foch (aka. Foch, Kuhlmann 188-2) is a vigorous, early-ripening variety, with good winter hardiness. It is we...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Seyval Blanc

    Well suited to cool climates, this popular French-American hybrid is the second most planted vine in England, behind ...

  • Edelweiss

    Created by Elmer Swenson, this white grape is derived from an Ontario x MN 78 cross. Edelwiess is disease resistant a...

Popular Wineries in Iowa View all

  • Loess Hills Vineyard & Winery

    Nestled in the scenic and historical Loess Hills of Western Iowa, our multi-year venture to nurtu...

  • Whispering Pines Winery

    “Our mission at our winery is to produce quality wines and provide exceptional customer service. ...

  • Village Winery

    We are a small bonded winery located in Historic Downtown Romeo. We custom craft premium wines in...

  • Engelbrecht Family Winery

    In 2004, we planted one acre of grapes – 200 red raspberry bushes, 100 blueberry bushes, and many...

  • Jasper Winery

    The winery first operated in a renovated warehouse building near downtown Newton. This was a perf...

  • Park Farm

    Wine is an experience. This has been the focal point of our winery since inception and has guide...

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  • I work in a small business is a small town in Iowa and we know our UPS guy personally.  Believe me when I say that a UPS truck is NOT cozy warm in the winter. The back of the truck is frigid and there is little heat  in the driver area.  I might ask Chris to put a thermometer back there so I can get a good idea of what it really is in there. Read More

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  • I have had quite a bit of wine delivered through out the Iowa winter in the last few years.  Bottles have been REALLY cold upon arrival, but I've never had trouble with freezing and/or pushed corks.  I'm sure it happens, but I haven't seen it personally.  I definitely worry more about heat in the summer. Read More

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  • To DVOGLOR, I am very new to the details and others love for wine.  Since ... the Amana Colonies in Amana, Iowa this summer. I sampled several wines and they were very happy to elaborate.  As we drove into the town everyone had what seemed a very bad case of dandelions in their yards. Everyone was harvesting their yellow weed and taking it to ... Read More

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  • Ackerman Winery Lovers Wine NV

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  • Hollen Family Wine - San Raphael, Argentina. - i love the Malbec but you can only get it in Iowa.  Would love to know how to get it into other states. shipping wine is so hard to do. Read More

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  • C'mon, Tim.  Don't be shy.  Give us a little more ... of ... of wines are you enjoying in Iowa, these day Read More

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  • But I think Wallace did in fact give credit to Darwin and actually acted as his ... this was bred by a guy in Iowa who wanted to bree for that climate. He did great work and after he died, the university plowed up all his roses. The university didn't know how well-loved his roses were and they had to ask people around the world for cuttings to ... Read More

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  • So I just go back from my 2-week road trip driving cross country to visit my ... back east across Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana and home to Michigan.  It was a super fun trip that I would do again in a heartbeat, so for those of you who live in the Northwest, you should appreciate the Walla Walla Valley even mor Read More

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  • Snus Hill Cat Nip

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