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: