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 »

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  • 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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