Our family’s dream to
create a winery utilizing only our own grapes raised in our
vineyards has come true. Last year (2011) we harvest over 33 tons of
grapes and this year’s harvest looks to be even greater.
In 2004 we planted our first acre
of grapes and since then have added another 10 acres for a total of
11 acres of grapes (approximately 8,000 plants).
We produced and bottled 50,000
bottles of wines in 2011: 4 white wines, 6 red wines, 1 rose’ wine,
and raspberry, rhubarb, and cranberry fruit.
to view our wine descriptions and find where
you can purchase them in stores across the state.
The grape varieties
we grow are known as the
cold-climate grapes or hybrid grapes. You may be familiar with the
15 different varieties of grapes we have in our vineyards: Marechal
Foch, Bluebell, Concord, Swenson White, Leon Millot, LaCrosse,
LaCrescent, Kay Gray, Frontenac, Edelweiss, St. Pepin, St. Croix,
Frontenac Gris, and Brianna. (These are the grapes that we have planted and have harvested for our estate-bottled wines.)
We recently received
2 gold medals and 3 silver medals in the Sixth Annual Mid-American
Wine Competition held at the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)
Ankeny, IA Campus.
“These wines were top notch,” said Bob Foster, Director of the
Mid-American Wine Competition (MAWC.) “Consumers ought to track them
down and enjoy them.”
The competition was held July 13-15 and included wines from 15
Over 600 wines were entered by more than 100
different wineries. Professional wine judges from throughout the
United States awarded 104 gold medals, 190 silver medals, and 183
bronze medals. Full results can be found at