Grape and Wine Industry Training SessionsMike White, crops field specialist
Iowa's grape and wine industry is still relatively new. The majority of Iowa's wine-grape vineyards and native wineries have been established over the last three years. Most of these vineyard and winery owners have started out with little or no knowledge of vineyard and/or winery management. There is a huge demand for vineyard and/or winery management information in Iowa.
Eight monthly Central Iowa Grape/Wine training sessions were held at Summerset Winery in Indianola, Iowa in 2003. A total of 382 people attended these meetings, averaging 48 per session.
Monthly after-meeting evaluations indicated excellent ratings from the attendees. Information learned at these meetings was being put to immediate use in their vineyards and/or wineries. Iowa's wine-grape industry has grown dramatically since 1999 when there were five vineyards and two native wineries in the state. Iowa now has over 200 vineyards and 16 native wineries. Approximately 36,000 gallons of native wine were produced at these native wineries during this period accounting for approximately $1.8 million dollars in sales.
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