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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  • Edelweiss

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

  • Seyval Blanc

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

  • Marechal Foch

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

  • Catawba

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

  • Zinfandel

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

Popular Wineries in Iowa View all

  • Southern Hills Winery

    Southern Hills Winery offers an award-winning selection of red, white and blush Iowa wine to ple...

  • Whispering Pines Winery

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

  • Engelbrecht Family Winery

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

  • John Ernest Vineyard & Winery

    John Ernest Vineyard and Winery provides a banquet facility area that seats up to 70 people. You,...

  • Jasper Winery

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

  • Whispering Hills Vineyards

    Whispering Hills Vineyards began in 2002 as two vineyards about 3 miles apart. Mike and Dana Kill...

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  • That's why I said, Fox, when you find a good one. I was surprised first ... Station (NCRPIS) in Ames, Iowa, both the blue bottle fly and the common house fly (Musca domestica) are used to pollinate plants of the carrot family in the field and greenhouses. Several farms have used blue bottle flies to successfully pollinate vegetable crops inclu... Read More

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  • I used to order from Lot18 and had some good luck at the beginning.  Then ... have a wine that shipped to Iowa.I now use for most of my online wine purchases along with  I have had very good luck with Invino.  Only a couple issues that were handled pretty well.  I would recommend invino pretty highly.  Wine.woot is a ... Read More

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  • Fun evening tonight with friends, some old some new, great food and some ... ... ... steaks from a rancher in Iowa fit the bill and the grill which. I was put in charge of. I think I did OK. Sides of Mushroom Risotto, grilled Asparagus and Broccoli Salad. Uh, yeah! Had to have some reds to go with the beef.This was one kinda hard and very acid... Read More

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  • Blues,Welcome to the forum!  If you go back to the main forum page, ... ... ... RexSeven grows grapes in Iowa.I see you're from near Centralia.   My wife's from Enumclaw, but we live in Victoria BC.  I love Washington wines and always bring several back when we go down to visit.&nbs Read More

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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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  • 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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