Western Iowa Grape Growers Association

The vineyards of Iowas Loess Hills would like to welcome you to the birthplace of Iowa Wine.

In 1857, Algernon S. Bonham planted the first commercial vineyard in Iowa just outside of Council Bluffs. By 1893, the Council Bluffs Grape Growers Association was formed and membership quickly grew to over 200 members with over 700 acres of grapes under cultivation. By 1919, Iowa ranked sixth in U.S. grape production.

Western Iowas rich history as a grape and wine producer is due to the unique advantages provided by the Loess Hills. The Loess soil resembles that found in southern France and the Rhine and Moselle river valleys in Germany, three world-renowned grape and wine regions. Combined with the soil, the Loess Hills undulating terrain provides the air drainage necessary to grow high-quality grapes.

Todays vineyards continue to enjoy the advantages afforded by the Loess Hills and Western Iowa is experiencing a grape and wine renaissance.

The following are member vineyards:

 

Company Name

Primary First Name

Primary Last Name

Secondary First Name

Secondary Last Name

City

Alvis Irish Acres

Dennis

Alvis

Constance

Alvis

Logan

Roetta Studios & Vineyard

Richard

Black

 

 

Farnha mville

Bon Croix Vineyards

James

Bonnecroy

 

 

Orange City

Burkhart Vineyards

Clifton

Burkhart

Kim

Sherman

Glenwo od

Black Squirrel Vineyard & Winery

Charles

Caldwell

Jolene

Caldwell

Council Bluffs

Victorian Vineyard

Doug

Grave

Brenda

Grave

Glenwo od

 

Doug

Hicks

Pam

Hicks

Thurma n

Martin Northpole Vineyard

Steve

Martin

Deby

Martin

Glenwo od

Varellas Vineyards

Charles

Varellas

 

 

Riverto n

The Fountains Ballroom and Vineyards

Martin

Williams

Erin

Williams

Glenwo od