Industry Information & Resources
Considering getting involved with the grape & wine industry?
That's great! Some of the best advice we could give you if you're considering starting a vineyard or winery in Iowa is to spend your first amount of time and resources visiting many different vineyards and wineries in your area and within the state and even across the Midwest.
Enroll in the Iowa Wine Growers Association Registered Apprenticeship Program, where you'll receive education and on-the-job training to become certified as a cellar worker or winemaker.
Become a member of the Iowa Wine Growers Association, which provides many valuable benefits to industry members.
Take time to meet with winery/vineyard owners and discuss the benefits and challenges they've faced in this industry so that you're fully prepared to succeed once you are ready for business. Not only will you gain some great connections for mentors and future business contacts, but you'll have a pretty fun time exploring as well!
We are fortunate to have the Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute available to us here in Iowa to assist with the processes and quality of our native wines. They have many wine making resources available online, but they're also available to Midwest wineries and winemakers for consultations, chemical analysis as well as to help provide educational opportunities. Jennie Savits is the Field Specialist Enologist and is available as a FREE resource for consultations to wineries in Iowa. Visit their website for more information.
White Winemaking - This chart shows the basic steps for making white table wine published in Micro Vinification by Dr. Murli R. Dharmadhikari and Dr. Karl L. Wilker.
Red Winemaking - This chart shows the basic steps for making red table wine published in Micro Vinification by Dr. Murli R. Dharmadhikari and Dr. Karl L. Wilker.
2016 Midwest Small Fruit Spray Guide
2019 - 2020 Midwest Small Fruit Pest Management Handbook
ISU Viticulture Program
Grape Yield Estimates (pdf)
Canopy Management Concepts (pdf)
Mike White's Pruning and Canopy Management Cheat Sheet (pdf)
IDALS Cold Climate Grape Descriptor Cards
2017 Pest Management Guide for Grapes - Washington State University (pdf)
ISU Pesticide Safety Training Resources
Viticulture webinars (courtesy of efficient vineyard)
Best Practices Manual for Cold Climate Viticulture (courtesy of MGGA)
Here are a few helpful resources for you as you begin your journey!
IWGA Registered Apprenticeship Program - Cellar Worker & Wine Maker
Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (State Licensing)
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) (Federal Licensing)
Economics of a Small Premium Winery - University of Georgia (pdf)
Winery Business Plans and Feasibility Studies - Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute
Small Winery Investment and Operating Costs - Washington State University
Viticulture Enology Science and Technology (VESTA)
The Winery at Kirkwood - Wine Making & Winery Facility Management Certificate Program