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The Iowa State Fair Wine Experience is a partnership between the Iowa State Fair, Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Wine Growers Association. The Wine Experience is hosted in Grandfather’s Barn up on the hill at the Iowa State Fairgounds in Des Moines, Iowa, and features educational displays, wine sampling, the Commercial Wine Competition display and more. Outside, the infamous Grape Stomp competition takes place four times a day and industry speakers talk twice a day about various topics such as wine making, tasting tips, craft beer and mead, growing grapes, hop production, etc.

The whole family is welcome up on the hill, where children can learn more about grapes at the “Grape Get-a-Way" or play outdoor yard games, while parents relax at the end of a long day at the Fair with a glass of local Iowa wine, beer or craft soda and enjoy live music each evening! Keep up to date with happenings at the Wine Experience at the Iowa State Fair by “liking” our Facebook page

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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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