Iowa’s first wine club, the North Iowa Wine club, was started in 1967. Since then others have formed as Iowa continues to establish itself in the wine industries with its various wine trails and wineries. Shipping laws can vary from state to state, so it is a good idea to buy from wine clubs that have taken care of the legal issues surrounding shipping. See below our reviews and ratings of wine clubs that currently ship to Iowa. Be sure to check their websites for more information when purchasing.
As of 2010, residents of Iowa may receive direct shipments from wineries that have been granted shipping permits from the state’s licensing office. There are no existing volume restrictions at this time. Here are our top wine clubs that ship to Iowa:
Even though most of the state seems to be covered in nothing but corn fields, Iowa is entering a new era of winemaking. Before Prohibition, Iowa was actually a leading state among the nation’s wine producers, but as the state began to rebuild following the national alcohol ban, the Armistice Day Storm of 1940 effectively destroyed any remaining grape vines and apple trees throughout Iowa. Most of Iowa’s vineyards are currently cultivating their third or fourth plantings, as the state’s grape vines have also fallen victim to herbicides that are commonly used in corn production. Unfortunately, these chemicals are spread easily by the wind and can lead to wilted leaves or even the death of the vine. A further challenge, Iowa’s climate presents seasonal extremes throughout the year, as the heat and humidity of summer can lead to harmful fungal diseases and the bitter cold winters are too harsh for many varietals.
In spite of these obstacles, Iowa is currently home to over 95 wineries and vineyards. The state’s wine producers have focused their growing efforts on French hybrid and native American grape varietals, as they can be grown successfully in many parts of the state. Vinifera varietals make up a very small percentage of Iowa’s grape production. After the region proved to be a unique geological and topographical growing district, a 30,000 square mile portion of Northeastern Iowa was recently added to the Mississippi Valley American Viticultural Area. The Mississippi River has a mediating effect on this region’s climate, making it possible to grow a wider selection of grapes. The majority of the state’s winemakers are entrepreneurs with limited agricultural backgrounds, hoping to prove that Iowa soil is fit for producing much more than just corn and soybeans.
Iowa’s Wine Trails:
- Western Iowa Wine Trail
- Heart of Iowa Wine Trail
- The Iowa I-80 Wine Trail
- The Iowa Wine Trail
- The Amana Colonies Trail
- Scenic Rivers Wine Trail
Up-and-coming Mississippi Valley AVA Wineries:
- Winneshiek Wildberry Winery
- Tabor Home Winery
- Eagles Landing Winery
- The Engelbrecht Family Winery and Vineyard
Iowa Wine Festivals: