“If [a grower’s] wine passes, now they`re doing good practices,” White says. “And we`ve seen some fantastic improvements in quality wine in Iowa, in the last two or three years our white wine is just doing fantastic in international competitions, U.S. competitions.
When you think of wine you may think of Italian vineyards, or California wine country.
The Iowa Winegrowers’ Association hopes to change that, with their display in the Grandfather’s Barn at the Iowa State Fair. Beyond the grape-stomping is the growth of Iowa wineries; 6% of the Iowa market share is now local.
The growth has prompted development of Wine IQ, a tag you can find on Iowa wine bottles that notes the vintage is quality.
Dr. Michael L. White, Iowa State University viticulture specialist, says the improvements are evident.