The Iowa Wine Growers Association (IWGA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the growth of the wine and grape industry in Iowa. Established in 2000, the Iowa Wine Growers Association (IWGA) supports the industry through education, marketing/promotion and legislative support. The Iowa Wine Growers Association (IWGA) employs one full-time staff person who reports to a voluntary Board of Directors. The IWGA Board of Directors meet on a monthly basis and hold an annual meeting at the IWGA Annual Conference each year in February. If you are someone in the grape and wine industry in Iowa and are interested in being more involved, consider joining as a member of the IWGA or contact us to learn about additional opportunities.
The Iowa wine industry has seen rapid growth and currently boasts more than 100 wineries and nearly 300 vineyards covering 1,250+ acres. The most recent economic impact study commissioned by the Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute found that Iowa’s wine industry contributed more than $420 million dollars to Iowa’s economy. This finding nearly doubles the previous study from 2008. In addition, more than 2,600 people are employed within the industry and the industry attracts over 350,000 visitors annually. The report can be read in its entirety here.
We invite you to get out and taste the experience of Iowa wine. With more than 100 wineries to choose from acorss the state, you’re sure to find a wine to love!