member benefits

There are many benefits to becoming a member of the Iowa Wine Growers Association!

The Iowa Wine Growers Association provides valuable legislative support, marketing resources and educational opportunities for grape growers, wine makers and industry members.


Marketing Resources

We know that marketing is an important aspect of the wine and grape business. The Iowa Wine Growers Association works to help promote the industry and give you the tools to help you promote yourself

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  • Full time marketing staff dedicated to promoting the industry and assisting members

  • Social media engagement

  • Online resources for starting a winery, growing grapes and making wine

  • Members-only email forum

  • Partnership with the Iowa State Fair to promote our industry and sell wine at the Iowa Wine Experience during the Fair

  • Partnership with the Iowa Wine and Beer Promotion Board to increase tourism traffic to your winery

  • Annual conference and hands-on workshops for continuing education

  • Online classifieds for you to buy or sell grapes and equipment

  • Consumer research studies and brand campaign for Iowa wines


Legislative Support

The Iowa Wine Growers Association has been very active in legislative efforts that benefit the wine and grape industry in Iowa. Your membership dollars allow us to hire a lobbyist to ensure that our industry is well represented.

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Since the inception of the IWGA, the following legislative accomplishments have occurred:

  • Legislation passed to allow native Iowa wineries and their vineyard retain their agriculture zoning (2002)

  • Legislation passed to create the Class B Native Wine permit to allow commercial businesses to sell native Iowa wine by the bottle and to serve tastings (2003)

  • Worked with Iowa State University to establish the Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute (2006)

  • Lobbied the Iowa Legislature and the legislation passed to allow native wineries to sell beer (2009)

  • Lobbied to allow wineries to self-distribute their product to retail locations without utilizing a distributor

  • Lobby to earmark native wine excises taxes to be used for education, research and marketing


Educational Opportunities

Our industry is continually growing and maturing. The Iowa Wine Growers Association is dedicated to providing the educational opportunities necessary for wineries and vineyards to learn, improve and grow

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  • Annual conference with educational sessions in viticulture, enology and general business operations

  • Partnership with Iowa State University Extension’s Viticulturist to provide vineyards resources and support

  • Partnership with the Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute for wineries to learn more wine-making skills and evaluate their efforts

  • Workshops and webinars scheduled around the state to make learning accessible and less expensive

  • Opportunity for membership in the Iowa Quality Wine Consortium to have your wines put through both chemical & sensory analysis to help you improve your process and product

  • Online web resources to help you grow and improve your business

  • Access to up to date information in our monthly member newsletter to help you make the best decisions for your winery or vineyard


Membership Registration

REGISTER ONLINE NOW!

If you are interested in membership to Iowa Wine Growers Association, you can register online, or complete and return our membership form. Once completed, return your form to the address below.

Iowa Wine Growers Association
6919 Vista Dr.
West Des Moines, IA 50266