Iowa wine is special and unique in our very own way, thanks to the varietals of grapes that are used to produce the wines made in our state. Iowa vineyards grow what is known as cold-climate grapes, which are grapes specifically bred and designed to withstand our harsh Midwestern winters. These aren't your Chardonnay or Merlot grapes growing here in Iowa, but more fruitier and less tannic varietals such as Brianna, Vignoles, Frontenac and Marechal Foch. After all, wines do start on the vine, so it's only natural that each wine featuring a different type of grape tastes a bit different.

Some people say "All Iowa wine is sweet!", but that's just not the case. Yes, it's true that there are many deliciously sweet wines available here in Iowa, but there's also many just as tasty -dry and semi-dry wines being made, though perhaps the reason Iowa wineries are known for making sweet wine is because it's so dang good!

We invite you to explore the more than 100 wineries across the state and the different varieties of wine they offer to find YOUR new favorite wine. 

Still not convinced? Check out these two blog posts below for more reasons why you should taste the experience of Iowa wine! 

Is Iowa Wine the Hidden Gem of Our State?

Is Iowa Wine the Hidden Gem of Our State?

(Originally published April 14, 2016 on Travel Iowa's Blog)

When you think Iowa wine, does "award-winning" immediately come to mind? Well, if it doesn't, then you may want to think again! At this year’s Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (in other words, a fancy wine competition that provides wineries with plenty of bragging rights if their wines do well), 17 wineries across the state brought home 74 medals for their award-winning Iowa wines. Read more...

What's So Special About Iowa Wine?

(Originally published October 19, 2015 on Travel Iowa's blog)

Who is the Average Native Iowa Wine Drinker? Hmmm, I dunno for sure, but I can take a guess.  I have been working closely with the Iowa grape and wine industry since February of 2000. At the time, Iowa had about 13 small fruit wineries and a couple of wineries making wine out of grapes they were actually growing in their own vineyards. Summerset Winery in Indianola and Tabor Home Winery at Baldwin were the first successful post–Prohibition wineries producing wine from their own vineyards that I am aware of. The concept caught on quickly, starting a grassroots industry now that boasts 97 wineries and approximately 300 vineyards covering 1,250 acres.  A lot has happened in 15 years. Read more...