The Vineyard

The Origins Of Our Grapes


Soil & Climate

Iowa’s soil and climate provide a unique and favorable environment for winemaking, contributing to the distinctive characteristics of its wines. The state’s soil composition varies across different regions, ranging from loamy soils in the river valleys to well-drained, rocky soils in the uplands. These diverse soil types offer a rich tapestry of nutrients and minerals that nourish the grapevines, imparting complexity and depth to the wines. Additionally, Iowa’s climate is characterized by cold winters and warm summers, with ample sunshine and rainfall during the growing season. This climate fosters optimal grape ripening, allowing for the development of vibrant flavors and balanced acidity in the grapes.

sourcing & growing

The Finest Grapes

Lubben Vineyards sources its grapes from two primary vineyards, each contributing to the unique terroir and flavor profile of its wines. The first vineyard, located at Wapsi Valley Vineyard, served as a pivotal training ground for the Lubben family as they embarked on their winemaking journey. Under the mentorship of Ron Waite, they gained invaluable hands-on experience in managing the vineyard and cultivating grapevines. The second vineyard, situated between Springville and Mt Vernon, Iowa, is conveniently close to home and adds diversity to Lubben’s grape selection. Here, they cultivate grape varieties such as Petite Pearl, Frontenac Blanc, Frontenac Gris, and St. Pepin, expanding the range of flavors available for their wines. In Anamosa, the Lubbens have planted an additional 300 vines, including Swenson Red, Frontenac Gris, Itasca, and Petite Pearl, with the anticipation of reaping the fruits of their labor in the years to come.



Selected Bottles

Red Wines

Iowa red wines are known for their distinct character and unique flavor profiles, reflecting the terroir of the region. Iowa’s cool climate and fertile soil create ideal conditions for growing red wine grape varieties such as Marquette, Frontenac, and St. Croix. These grapes produce wines with bold flavors, often characterized by notes of dark fruits such as blackberry, cherry, and plum. Additionally, Iowa red wines may exhibit hints of spice, earthiness, and subtle oak from the aging process.

White Wines

Iowa white wines are celebrated for their refreshing and vibrant characteristics, showcasing the diversity of grape varieties grown in the region. With a unique terroir and cool climate, Iowa produces white wines that are crisp, aromatic, and flavorful. Expect to encounter notes of citrus fruits such as pineapple, apricot and pear. Additionally, our white wines may exhibit floral aromas and subtle mineral nuances derived from the soil.

Sweet Wines

Iowa sweet wines are renowned for their lusciousness and rich, fruity flavors, offering a delightful indulgence for those with a sweet tooth. They are carefully fermented to retain their natural sweetness while balancing acidity for a harmonious taste experience. Expect our sweet wines to burst with intense fruit flavors, ranging from ripe peach and apricot to tropical pineapple. The sweetness is beautifully complemented by a refreshing acidity, ensuring a well-rounded and balanced palate.


Vineyard Tours

Take the journey with us and explore how your favorite tipple goes from seed to vine, to table. Observe the entire process involved in nurturing flavors, intensity and style.