Iowa Wine

Famous as a "corn state", Iowa has focused on growing wine grapes in recent years. Acreage under vine is increasing rapidly, with nearly 60 wineries now licensed in the state. Iowa’s soils vary greatly, from those very high in clay, to soils that are gravel based. The areas showing the greatest potential for vines are in the westward “Loess Hills” area and in the northeast, with its magnificent limestone-based soils and steep slopes that stretch over about 20 miles.

Despite all of its strengths, Iowa does have challenges. The state is trying to overcome the devastating effects of 2,4-D, a herbicide which is still commonly used and is extremely lethal to grapes. Iowa also has four very distinct and extreme seasons. Hot summer days make grapes susceptible to fungal disease, and in the winter -20 F days are not uncommon. Hardy cultivars are a must in this region. There are few vinifera varieties grown in the state, however much work is done with French Hybrids and native American grapes. Iowa is going Read more »

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  • Edelweiss

    Created by Elmer Swenson, this white grape is derived from an Ontario x MN 78 cross. Edelwiess is disease resistant a...

  • Seyval Blanc

    Well suited to cool climates, this popular French-American hybrid is the second most planted vine in England, behind ...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Marechal Foch

    Marechal Foch (aka. Foch, Kuhlmann 188-2) is a vigorous, early-ripening variety, with good winter hardiness. It is we...

  • Catawba

    Even older than the Concord grape, this historically-important variety is thought to be a chance seedling from North ...

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