The Scenic Rivers Wine Trail is a group of eight family-owned wineries located in Southeastern Iowa. From quaint country farm settings to historic wine cellars, you will experience our rich history and a variety of wine styles. At each winery, a winemaker is likely nearby to answer questions about growing wine using the region’s special varietals. Visitors can view operations, enjoy the grounds, and sample award-winning wines carrying that special Iowa taste.
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Mike and Connie Vincent purchased the farm and vineyard location from Mike’s father in 1978. While the farm crisis in the 80’s took them away from the farm, they always aspired to return to a viable agriculture enterprise. In 2010, Mike and Connie sold their insurance agency near Des Moines and returned to their farm planting their first vines and beginning the construction of the winery and event center.
Wooden Wheel Vineyards is located on the family farm first settled by Mike’s Great – Great Grandmother, Isabella Clark Wright. Isabella received the farm as a land grant from the US government because her father was a veteran of the War of 1812 and died when she was but 2 years old. As an orphan and minor child of a veteran, she became eligible for an 80-acre land grant.