Winegrape 101 Spurs Interest in the Northwest Iowa Area

Michael L. White, Field Specialist-Viticulture, Central
Problem Statement: 

The Iowa winegrape industry has grown dramatically over much of the state. Unfortunately, extreme Northwest Iowa has been completely left out of this growth. The predominance of conventional agriculture in the area and the long distance from other established winegrape vineyards and wineries in Iowa are two of the major factors creating this situation.
Programmatic Response:

Mike White teamed up with Al Grigg, Lyon County Education & Extension Director and his staff to offer four evening Winegrape 101 classes on January 13, 20, 27 and February 3, 2009 at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids, Iowa.  The attendance ranged from 6-8 per week with 6 completing all four sessions.  


The final end-of-class evaluation rated the class an overall rating of 4.93 (1 poor - 5 excellent) with all six of the respondents saying that they would recommend this class to others. This evaluation showed that 3 people were going to establish a commercial vineyard in 2009 and that 3 were interested in starting a winery sometime in the future.

Two participants in this class (brothers) were currently in the process of constructing a building to house a winery.  Their vineyard was planted in 2008.

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