Des Moines and the surrounding area is home to some top notch, classy wineries that are well worth a visit. Plan a special day date to tour all of the wineries and grab a bottle of your favorite wine to take home as a souvenir of your date. Here are a few of our favorites that are worth checking out:
2400 George Flagg Parkway
Des Moines, IA 50321
The Jasper Winery is located just minutes from downtown Des Moines and is a beautiful place to not only spend an afternoon but to explore. Their beautiful location will take you to a place you would not expect while in the heart of the city. They have their own onsite vineyard that is visible from the tasting room. With classic wines featuring flavors from various fruits such as cherries, citrus, plums, and other fruits, there is a wine for everyone at Jasper Winery.
15101 Fairfax Street
Indianola, IA 50125
While located outside of Des Moines, it is just a few minutes outside the city and well worth the drive. The Summerset Winery produces award winning wine from Iowa grown grapes and offers tours of their facility, as well as wine tastings. They feature a wide range of red and white wines, as well as seasonal wines, including their Christmas wine, Get Jolly. They use flavors and scents of tropical fruits, citrus, honey, and even a wine with scents of cotton candy! They are truly a unique experience.
Rosy Acres Winery
102 Brown Street
Runnells, IA 50237
The Rosy Acres Winery, while located just a short drive outside of Des Moines, is in the heart of the Iowa Wine Trail and is well worth the drive. This winery is fairly new, having just opened in 2006, and is nestled on grounds that are riddled with history. Tours and wine tastings are available and they offer a picnic area for those traveling to stop and relax with views of their beautiful winery. If visiting during January or February, it is advised that you call and set up an appointment, as they are closed and are only open for special appointments.
Wines of Iowa
234 5th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50265
If you’re on a time crunch and want to experience Iowa wines and locally made wines, but don’t have time to visit each winery, then Wines of Iowa is where you need to go. This unique shop features nothing but wines made in Iowa available for sale. The staff is highly knowledgeable on the wines offered there and can help you pick out exactly what you need. They also feature a wide range of home décor and wine accessories.
There are many, many more wineries in the Des Moines area and surrounding towns that are well worth the visit. Ask any of our front desk staff what their favorite winery or favorite local wine is and they’d be happy to steer you in the right direction. Happy wine touring!