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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. 

Our Mission
Iowa Wine Growers Association is dedicated to the growth and sustainability of the Iowa grape and wine industry through support of research and development, continuing education, legislative oversight and promotion of native wine and grapes.

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View the IWGA Articles of Incorporation

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!

Recent News

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Get to Know Iowa Grapes

You may be familiar with a Chardonnay or a Pinot Grigio, but did you know those varietals aren't suitable to grow here in Iowa? Midwest grape growers plant what is known as cold-climate grapes, which are grapes that are capable of thriving in the shorter growing seasons and surviving the harsh winters we're known for in Iowa. We are not growing the same types of grapes that are found in California, Italy or France, and the varietals of grapes we're growing here are a bit different - in a good way! Take a look and get to know the grapes going into your glass of local Iowa wine - you may discover your new favorite!

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