During my recent visits to the American Midwest (North and South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota), I noticed many signs pointing out various wineries and wine trails (similar to the Niagara Wine Trail). I am sure many of us do not realize that there are small wineries all across the United States and Canada. A recent news story that aired on the Keloland Television station in Sioux Falls noted that the first vineyard in South Dakota opened nearly 15 years ago and the industry produces a lot of fruit wine as well as wine from grapes. There were 78,000 gallons of wine produced in South Dakota in 2010. See: http://www.keloland.com/NewsDetail6162.cfm?Id=119050
Here is a sampling of information on winery trails and the grape and wine industry in Iowa, Minnesota, and North and South Dakota:
- Iowa Wine Growers Association: http://iowawinegrowers.org
- includes links to 4 different Iowa winery trails
- Minnesota Grape Growers Association:http://mgga.publishpath.com/
- includes information on the Minnesota grape and wine industry and a directory of wineries and vineyars.
- The MGGA sponsors an annual Cold Climate Conference. The next one will be held in St. Paul in February 2012.
- North Dakota Grape Growers Association: http://www.ndgga.org/
- includes information on wineries and vineyards in North Dakota
- South Dakota Winegrowers Association: http://exploresdwinecountry.com/
- includes a state-wide listing of wineries and vineyards
- Southeast South Dakota Winery Trail: http://www.southeastsouthdakota.com/south-dakota-wineries.php
- The SD wine industry is quite young but growing. The Southeast South Dakota Winery Trail (near Sioux Falls) includes seven wineries.
- Viticulture in South Dakota (South Dakota State University) Directory of SD Wineries: http://www.sdstate.edu/aes/viticulture/wineries.cfm