Wide River Winery – Clinton, Iowa

Wide River Winery – Clinton, Iowa

When you are in the Clinton area you will want to make a trip to the Wide River Winery and visit with the owner, Dorothy O’Brien.  Dorothy founded the winery in 2005 after being involved in organic gardening, cooking, grape growing and home wine making.  She wanted to share this love for organic, locally grown food with the rest of the world.

The winery has grown from a small venue to one that has captured wine contest awards and produced great wines.  Her wines are available at the Davenport Farmer’s Market so if you’re in the area be sure so get some to take home with you.  When Paul Quinn became involved he took over the wholesale marketing and now has the wines in most of the Hy-Vees from Dubuque to the Quad Cities, many Fareways and Jewels.

The winemaker is Jim Sorensen who not only makes the wine but also has his own grapevine nursery. 

The winery is located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River at its widest point.  This is a perfect place to sit back and enjoy nature, sip some wine and learn about the art and science of wine making.  You can sit on the deck and enjoy the beauty of the trees and plants while tasting the wine or you can be inside in the tasting room where conversation and comfort will make you glad you stopped in.  If you want to take a little hike you can walk on the trails in the forest near the winery and truly get a sense of nature.

The Wide River Winery now has 12 wines available:
This dry, mellow white wine has been aged in oak. It’s an elegant wine made from seyval and St. Pepin grapes. Serve chilled. Great with fish, salad or a summer afternoon.

This dry red wine is made from norton, leon millot and cabernet sauvignon grapes. It’s got a bold personality and has developed a loyal following. A serious wine that doesn’t take itself too seriously! Good with steak, cheese and beethoven 5th. Serve at 60 degrees.

We have conviction that you’ll love this dry red. Medium bodied and made from chambourcin and st. croix grapes, you can enjoy your wine with conviction, pasta, red meat and served at 60 degrees.

This red wine is made from our own organically grown grapes. This is a field blend of leon millot, St. Croix and sabrevois grapes. growing organically isn’t easy but drinking this delicious wine is very easy. Serve at 60 degrees.

The grape variety is Seyval and Ms D’Meanor is very light and crisp, loaded with ripe peach and green apple aromas. Tangy on the palate with a lingering finish, this would work nicely with Oriental foods or a roast pork with caramelized onions and roasted apple. And the name is so cute! Serve chilled.

Enjoy this port style dessert wine after dinner. It’s fruity, spicy, fiery on the way down and 100% delicious. Serve at 60F.

This blush has a sweet zippy tang that makes it perfect for sipping, or enjoy with spicy foods. serve chilled.

A perfect match with dark chocolate, this deep dark red grape wine is enhanced with berries for a sumptuous drink. Enjoy this by itself or as a nip with dessert. Serve chilled.

This sweet-tart crowd pleaser started as white grape wine and was then enhanced with cranberries. You don’t have to misbehave to enjoy this wine. Perfect with poultry, wild rice or any festive occasion. Serve well chilled.

A fruit wine that is perfect for breakfast or whenever you have a hankering for the aroma and sweet goodness of Grandma’s grape pie. Great with potato chips! Gourmet! Serve chilled.

This semi sweet blush wine has a great personality, just like our bride. Enjoy this chilled before, during and after the wedding meal.

This festive off dry white wine is perfect for toasting the wedding couple. Enjoy it chilled to celebrate this special occasion.

Location: 1776 East Deer Creek Road
Clinton, IA 52732

Manager: Martha O’Brien

•Phone: 563-519-WINE (9463)
•Alternate Phone: 563-340-5678
•Email: wideriverwinery@gmail.com

Winery Hours:

•11am-5pm weekdays
•11-6pm Sat & Sun
Directions to winery:

From Chicago: Take I-88 west to Exit 36 (Sign says Highway 30 west, Clinton, Iowa). Take Route 136 west through Fulton, Illinois and across the Mighty Mississippi. Follow the signs for Highway 67 North. About 2 miles north of Clinton, take Deer Creek Road East.

From Davenport, Iowa. Take Highway 61 North about 15 miles to Highway 30; take Highway 30 East about 18 miles to Mill Creek Parkway (where the Wild Rose Casino is located). Turn north onto Mill Creek Parkway – take to the end (about 5 miles). Turn East (right) on Main Ave (also Route 136 east) about a mile to the first traffic light. Turn left onto Highway 67, go about 2 miles. Then turn right onto Deer Creek Road East (at the bottom of the hill) and follow the signs on the side of the road to Wide River Winery (1 mile).

Northpark Mall Spring Hours:

•Fri: Noon – 6PM
•Saturday: 11am – 7PM
•Sunday: Noon – 6PM

Our Northpark Mall kiosk is located just outside the entrance to Younkers in Northpark Mall, Davenport, Iowa.


  1. Diane & Larry Shore says:

    Hello…I hope the proper people get this message. We just traveled thru the wonderful state of Iowa & were very impressed. Not only with the beauty of the state but also because the people of the state care about their state & how others perceive it. We especially were impressed by the road side rests & also the miles & miles of wind turbines. They are such a majestic picture while driving down the road. We stayed in Clinton at the Holiday Inn Express. Wow what a beautiful place. I just hope that guests & employees alike will try to keep it that way. We stayed in a lot of motels in our travels & found the Holiday the best yet. So a BIG THANK YOU to the state of Iowa for making our travels memorable.

    Diane Shore

    PS: My children & I lived in Storm Lake, Pochahontas & Newell, back in the late 60′s & early 70′s. Loved Pochahontas for sure.

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