About Iowa Wine

Iowa wine is special and unique in its 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 simply 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!

So plan your next staycation exploring Iowa’s nearly 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 articles below for more reasons why you should sip & stay awhile.

 
 soldier creek Winery, ft. dodge

soldier creek Winery, ft. dodge

Iowa Wine? Yes, And It's Kind of a Big Deal

(Originally published June 4, 2018 on Food & Wine)

With more than 100 wineries and a regional audience that can't seem to get enough, there are a ton of Iowa wines to try, right now—but where do you start?

 from the beautiful vineyards to casual winery experiences - iowa wine has a lot to offer.

from the beautiful vineyards to casual winery experiences - iowa wine has a lot to offer.

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!

 iowa is home to some exceptional award-winning wines.

iowa is home to some exceptional award-winning wines.

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.