About Us

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

2312 Food Sciences Building
Ames, IA 50011-1061
Phone: 515-294-3308
Fax: 515-294-4362
Email: wine@iastate.edu
Office Hours: 
Weekdays: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Summer: 7:30am - 4:00pm
Holidays: Hours vary, please call in advance

Campus Map - Food Sciences Building

Additional Information

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The MGWII Wine Lab is located on the second floor of the Food Sciences Building, Rooms #2578/2597