White Oak Vineyards

(515) 367-7777 15065 NE White Oak Dr
Cambridge, IA 50046
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To better understand our vision, here is a brief history of White Oak Vineyards, which is a partnership involving my husband, Chris, and myself, Jan Harmeyer, our four children and my parents, Max and Pat Brewbaker. We were originally growing corn and soybeans on approximately eight acres of land at the present site of the vineyard just north and west of Elkhart. After several visits to a local vineyard/winery, Chris began to research the possibility of starting wine grapes on our fields. Our first step involved clearing some trees in one of the small fields, which expanded it to about 2 1/2 acres. That field saw the planting of our first vines. In the spring of 2000 we planted Marechal Foch, a French-American red grape hybrid from cuttings we had propagated over the previous winter. By then we had cleared another field of about 3 acres to plant. In 2002 we planted the second field with St. Croix, another red grape. The third field was planted in the spring of 2003 with a white grape variety, Lacrescent Read more »

Varietals Produced by White Oak Vineyards View all

  • Marechal Foch

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • A few days ago I participated in a tasting/pairing event that featured white wines. One of the wines was Chablis, and, while discussing this one, the facilitator stated that it was fermented in steel and had never seen oak.  I asked if that was common for the region and he responded that it was absolutely the case, and was so for all white wines... Read More

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  • I have a theory. Easy to pronounce and easy to remember names help drive wine sales. Hence, Prosecco, the Italian sparkler has taken our shelves by storm, Picpoul de Pinet, the easy drinking white from the south of France has seen sales sky rocket, and Pinot Grigio has simply rewritten the script. And now, I have an exclusive for Snoothers. The ... Read More

    From the article The Languedoc's Sparkling Wine Secrets, Revealed


  • As the chilly season draws to a close our thoughts drift toward picnics in the park, fire pits at dusk, and sidewalk cafés. While there’s no reason to banish your red wines at the onset of spring, finding one that’s suited to the transition is key. It should be something bold, rugged and ripe with fresh fruit flavors. It should be a red wine gra... Read More

    From the article The World's Most Powerful Tempranillo is from Ribera del Duero


  • Domaine Gachot-Monot Nuits St. Georges les Poulettes Premiere Cru 2007

    Snoothrank:

    This bottle was bought on the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/90903 for £12.50. I bought it because I had a Cotes de Nuits Village wine from the same producer a few years ago and thought it just exquisite. Nuits St Georges is an AOC created in 1936 for red and white wines [ though nearly all are red ] made of pinot noir and chardonna... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • On the white zens we have tried the yellow tail, barenger, Forrest creek, oak hills (this was our least favorite lol and being its was only a few bucks kinda got what we payed for lol) and Equis run vineyards out of midway Kentucky. The Equis run was by far the most unknown wine but ohh such a treat. I grew up in that area and when visiting fami... Read More

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  • So me and my wife took a cruise a few months back. And ofcorse we wanted to try as many new things as possible. One of those things happened to be wine. Until then me being the typical 30 year old male I usually stuck to beer or whiskey things of that nature and my wife just didn't like to drink much at all. But oh the magic that happened on tha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello all


  • Ok, new year and time for a new topic of discussion.  Just yesterday I opened this Pinot Noir from California that initially sounded promising.  First  - it was given to Sandra as a retirement gift so it was free.  Second - a Pinot Noir bottled in St. Helena CA, so it has to be decent, right? and Third - a nice looking label.  Well, this 2014 Me... Read More

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  • Alain Gras St. Romain 2003

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from a wine merchant in Sussex for £15.Saint-Romain is an AOC created in 1947 for red and white wines from the commune of that name off to the west of the Cote D'Or on the Cote de Beaune and at a higher elevation close to the Haut Cote de Beaune.There are no Grand or Premier Cru vineyards here and viticulture is inte... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Had a great first full day here in south central California. Started off with a very good breakfast at the ForFriends B&B in Santa Ynez. Too early for any of the tasting rooms to be open so we headed down to Jalama beach for some salt air and scenery. Beautiful beach with some interesting campsites and about a half dozen surfers enjoying some mo... Read More

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  • Hi everyone.  This is my first post on the boards.  My wife and I are doing a long weekend in Healdsburg (Jan 15-17) and Yountville (Jan 17-19) over MLK weekend and were looking for some recommendations on wineries to visit.  We tend to like more full bodied red wines, but are open to other wines as well. We are from New York and want to focus o... Read More

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