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Summerset Winery Iowa Edelweiss White Table Wine NV

Region: USA » Iowa

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Varietal: Edelweiss
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Summerset Winery:
Ron Mark is a native Iowan from the small community of Rising Sun located just east of Des Moines, Iowa. The grape vines on his parents' acreage were the source of his very first wines. As a teenager he learned how to convert his mothers grape juice into grape wine, an experiment which became a life long hobby. A few years in Italy increased his knowledge of fine wines and the appreciation o... Read more
Ron Mark is a native Iowan from the small community of Rising Sun located just east of Des Moines, Iowa. The grape vines on his parents' acreage were the source of his very first wines. As a teenager he learned how to convert his mothers grape juice into grape wine, an experiment which became a life long hobby. A few years in Italy increased his knowledge of fine wines and the appreciation of the “food and wine” lifestyle. Back in the United States Ron began entering wines in the Iowa State Fair and won several awards. This turned his dream of someday opening his own winery into existence. It was in 1988 that Ron’s wife Linda had the opportunity to transfer to a job in Des Moines and the idea of building a winery started to become a reality. Ron made a deal with Linda, stating that the only way he would leave his comfortable job in Garner, Iowa, was if he could buy some land, build a house, and plant a vineyard. Ron, Linda, and daughter Shannon moved to Des Moines and bought Summerset Ridge shortly after the deal was made. Daughter Whitney was born in that same year in Des Moines. The Mark family moved onto the Summerset property in 1989 while the construction of their home was still ongoing. Ron planted his first acre of grapes that very first year. The basement of their home served as their living quarters for 4 years while construction and work on the upper levels of their home was being completed. It was in 1993 that the beautiful Summerset house was finished and the Mark’s moved upstairs. In 1997 Summerset Winery officially opened. Ron planted an acre of grapes every year until the vineyard reached its current size of 12+ acres with 9 varieties of grapes. French hybrids and American varietals make up what is now the Summerset Vineyard. The wine making and processing was originally set up in the Mark’s attached garage, and the retail/tasting room was located in the walkout basement (formerly the home of the Mark’s). In 2001 the Mark’s built a beautiful and spacious upscale barn that houses the retail tasting room, the winery, and two banquet rooms that may be utilized for meetings, parties, wedding ceremonies and receptions. The Marks also opened and operated a bed and breakfast called Summerset Inn from 1995 to 2006. The Marks chose to close the bed and breakfast in 2006 to spend more time building the wine business. Summerset Winery has a enjoyed 20% (+) increase in sales every year it has been in existence. 150,000 bottles of wine will be produced this year alone in our cellar. In addition, Ron is also in control of over 100 acres of Iowa grapes through agreements with other farmers. Over the years the Mark’s have taken on more staff to help run the business and now employ 5 fulltime staff members and many part timers to help out on weekends and events. Ron’s dream has become a reality. He has accomplished everything he has set out to do. Ron has become a pioneer of the Iowa wine industry and has been an integral force behind the resurgence of the industry in the state. He continues to focus on the development of the industry. He has served as President and was one of the founders of Iowa Wine Growers Association as well as the development of the Iowa Wine Development Commission with the Iowa Department of Agriculture. Ron only really wanted to make a good bottle of wine. Thanks to him, people from all over Iowa, and the United States, can enjoy a great bottle of Iowa wine. Read less

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