Iowa wine

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Wine region
Map of USA IA.svg
Official name State of Iowa
Type U.S. state
Year established 1846
Country United States
Total area 56,272 square miles (145,744 km2)
No. of vineyards 300
Grapes produced Bluebell, Catawba, Cayuga, Chambourcin, Chancellor, Chardonel, Concord, De Chaunac, Edelweiss, Frontenac, Frontenac blanc, Frontenac gris, Geisenheim, La Crosse, Leon Millot, Marechal Foch, Marquette, Niagara, Norton, Seyval blanc, St. Croix, St. Pepin, St. Vincent, Steuben, Traminette, Valiant, Vidal blanc, Vignoles[1]
No. of wineries 100

Iowa wine refers to wine manufactured in the U.S. state of Iowa. Iowa presents many challenges to viticulture including very warm summer days that can promote fungal vine diseases, and extremely cold winter nights that can kill many varieties of grapevines. Most commercial viticulture in Iowa focuses on French hybrid and native American grape varieties, with relatively few plantings of Vitis vinifera grapes. Many Iowa wineries also import grapes and juice from other states and countries in order to produce wine varietals otherwise not possible due to Iowa's harsh winter months that will not permit such grapes to survive. Iowa is home to 100 commercial wineries and more than 300 vineyards covering 1,200+ acres. Northeastern Iowa is included in the Upper Mississippi Valley AVA.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Appellation America (2007). "Iowa: Appellation Description". Retrieved Nov. 27, 2007.