The Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute at Iowa State University was approved by the Iowa Board of Regents in September 2006.The Institute is the first of its kind in Iowa.
The formation of the Institute is a result of the state’s evolving grape & wine industry. Dr. Murli Dharmadhikari, ISU Extension enologist who was hired in 2005, was named director of the Institute.
Goals of the Institute include:
Conduct research to evaluate cold-hardy grape varieties that can thrive in the Midwest
Conduct enology (the science of wine & wine making) research
Develop a wine quality award program that will provide wine buyers a quality-assurance stamp of approval
Establish an outreach program to the industry by training a team of specialists
Partner with community colleges to develop job training programs specific to growing grapes and making wine