Jasper Winery – Newton and now Des Moines, Iowa
This vineyard grows over six varieties of French-American grapes, including Chancellor, Foch, St. Croix, Edelweiss, Seyval Blanc and La Crescent, which are bred to withstand Midwestern winters.
The Japser Winery is moving to Des Moines. They are building a production facility, retail shop and event center at 2400 George Flagg Parkway (about 3 blocks west of Fleur Drive). The Newton Winery will continue to grow grapes on the 10-acre site but the facility will move to Des Moines!
Having a trained winemaker with degrees in viticulture and enology from the University of California-Davis and experience working in other wine producing countries around the world has enabled this winery to develope wine that will surely please your pallet.
Crush, the traditional name for harvest, occurs at the end of August, depending on the brix (sugar level) of the grapes. Although modern crush equipment differs slightly from the feet-stomping grape crush of earlier days, it remains a time for celebration. We welcome volunteers to help us harvest grapes on August and September weekends. If this sounds like something you would enjoy (and who wouldn’t) then call and put your name on the list for the harvest season.
The choice of wines and the suggested foods to accompany the wines is offered at the winery. You will have a wonderful time tasting the different wines and making your choice as to reds, whites or other blends that satisfy your taste buds.
Also, if they are there, they are open!
Location: 518 West 3rd Street North, Newton, Iowa (now moving to 2400 George Flagg Parkway in Des Moines)
Directions: 3 blocks west of Fleur Drive in Des Moines (that’s the road to the airport)