It's been an especially cold winter here in Iowa. That's why we're inviting you to warm up with wine in Clayton County! They have multiple wineries, all featuring locally Iowa-made wines.
Café Rose’ in Edgewood:
Wondering how to get here? Travel on Highway 13 and Highway 3 to Edgewood. Located in the old bank building is Café Rose’, owned and operated by Rosie Totman. Believe it or not, there’s more than just grapes in her wine—many also feature hints of rhubarb and Aronia berries. You really can't go wrong with this hand-crafted wine.
Eagles Landing Winery in Marquette:
Next, travel on the Great River Road to Marquette. Located in Clayton County’s last Native American home of Emma Big Bear is Eagles Landing Winery, owned and operated by Jay and Cindy Halvorson. Jay’s dad, Roger, planted the first grapes back in 1999. Roger's hobby for making wine became a business in 2001. Jay followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the family business in 2003 and is now a national award-winning winemaker. Come to savor the many flavors of the Gold, Double Gold, and Best of Class awarded wine.
PromiseLand Winery in Guttenberg:
After that, continue on the Great River Road to Guttenberg. Nestled along a tree-lined southern bluff is PromiseLand Winery. It is owned and operated by Pat and Cindy Wachendorf. The Wachendorf’s offer a one-of-kind experience so you feel right at home. There are also five boutiques to browse and shop. And get this—the center of the winery is designed after a place they fell in love with in New York. It's New York style with Midwest charm.
Stay cozy! Spring will be here before we know it.
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