iowa wine experience at the iowa state fair

The Iowa State Fair Wine Experience is a partnership between the Iowa State FairIowa State University Extension and the Iowa Wine Growers Association. The Iowa Wine Experience is hosted in Grandfather’s Barn up on the hill at the Iowa State Fairgrounds 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 three times a day and industry speakers talk 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 trivia in the tent! Keep up to date with happenings at the Iowa Wine Experience at the Iowa State Fair by “liking” our Facebook page

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calling all volunteers!

Each year, we fill hundreds of volunteer shifts to help this event run smoothly. There are three shifts each day in three different areas - wine tasting, T-shirt/bottled wine sales and grape stomp sign-ups, and the grape stomps. Shift times are 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., 1 - 5 p.m. and 5 - 9 p.m.

At our exhibit, volunteers receive an entry ticket and parking pass, as well as a free Iowa wine T-shirt and we have the most FUN! We have some of THE BEST volunteers. Are you interested in experiencing Iowa wine behind the scenes?

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Grandfather’s Barn

Iowa State Fairgrounds
E Vermeer Ln
Des Moines, IA 50317