Whether you're a wine connoisseur or just a curious visitor to Northeast Iowa, the family owned and operated Winneshiek Wildberry Winery offers a fun, educational day out for everyone.
The winery is set amid the glorious, rolling hills and countryside of Northeast Iowa and the majority of grapes and fruit used in the fruit and table wines produced there are grown on-site. Winneshiek Wildberry Winery was originally founded some one hundred years ago as a livestock farm until the dairy and beef cattle and pigs were replaced by vines and fruit trees in 2001.
Ken and Yvonne Barnes own and run the winery together with their two daughters, Darla and Beth. Darla is the winemaker of the family and works her magic in the winery which was built on the foundations of the former dairy barn in 2005 by local Amish, Henry Miller.
Visitors can enjoy a tour of the vineyards before enjoying sampling the wines whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery from the patio or inside the wood-paneled tasting room with its majestic oak bar, indoor rose garden and goldfish pond. Downstairs, below the tasting room lies the winery itself where visitors can enjoy educational talks about wine making together with really interesting demonstrations in the art. The winery produces over 20 different wines and many have amusing, slightly risqué names with a story behind each one which is guaranteed to raise a smile.
There is a gift shop offering handmade, locally crafted pieces produced by crafters from within the tristate area for you to purchase as a memento of your visit. The winery has a programme of events running during the course of the year and you can check their website for the latest information at www.wwwinery.com.
If you're looking for a perfect setting for a special occasion, the winery also has an event room capable of accommodating over 100 guests complete with a surround sound system for entertainment and your hosts are happy to cater for whatever guests require to make their celebration a truly memorable experience.
Winneshiek Wildberry Winery is located at 1966 337th St., Decorah, IA 52101, telephone