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Grape-growing as an important part of Iowa agriculture is nothing new. Grapes were grown in the state as early as 1857 when a vineyard was planted in Council Bluffs. In fact, Iowa ranked eleventh in grape production in the United States in 1899. In 1919 just before Prohibition, Iowa was the 6th largest wine producer in the nation, with commercial vineyards and wineries established even before more well-known grape growing states in the U.S.! A movement toward the production of more row crops, developments of new herbicides coupled with a severe blizzard in 1940 all served to diminish the number of grapes grown in Iowa.

A resurgence in the industry occurred in 2000 when the Iowa Wine Growers Association was established to represent the wine grape growers and wine makers across the state of Iowa. In 2012, the Iowa Quality Wine Consortium was created to promote the making of quality wines and establish quality parameters to meet. Iowa wines must pass a rigorous testing process to be awarded this designation.

Today’s industry is vibrant and growing. We are well-positioned to take advantage of growth opportunities and become greater contributors to the agricultural and economic vibrancy of the state of Iowa.

Recent News

  • Governor Reynolds Declares May as Iowa Wine Month
    A group of industry representatives attended the official proclamation signing on Tuesday, May 8, 2018…
  • Iowa Wine Award Recipients to be Announced at Banquet
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         …
  • IWGA Registered Apprenticeship Program to be recognized during National Registered Apprenticeship Week
    The Iowa Wine Growers Association's Registered Apprenticeship Program will be recognized during an event on…
  • Gov. Reynolds to Present First Governor's Cup Trophy to Backcountry Winery at Iowa State Fair
    Iowa’s Governor, Kim Reynolds, will be presenting the Governor’s Cup trophy during a ceremony on…
  • Governor Branstad declares May as Iowa Wine Month
    A group representing the Iowa wine industry attended the Governor’s official proclamation signing on Thursday,…

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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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