John Ernest Vineyard & Winery Tama, Iowa
On your way to the Meskwaki Bingo Casino and Hotel, take a quick detour to visit the John Ernest Vineyard and Winery. This area is full of history and activities and is right between Cedar Rapids and Ames. If you’re interested in learning about Meskwaki culture check out the site above.
The winery sits on top of a hill just off the highway. You’ll see lumbering dogs, and friendly staff and lots and lots of wine! The gal working on the Saturday that we went, was more than happy to let us try each one of the very distinct wines. Our favorites were Cranberry, Red Zinfandel, Dusty Road, Iowa Sunset, & Lincoln Highway Red. Ok there were a lot of wines that we enjoyed. 🙂 I admit.
They do have music at the vineyard, but this weekend of the 5th is the LAST of the season! With Dogs on Skis. You can get the info HERE on their website. You can always call them at (866) 533-4544. They’re official address is 3291 North Avenue Tama, Iowa. The winery is beautiful and looks like it could be rented out for weddings or other kinds of formal events. They also have small gifts and of course wine truffles made here in Iowa. Definitely need to stop and visit if you’re near!
Here is their contact info:
web address: http://www.johnernestvineyard.com/index.html
Phone: (866) 533-4544
Address: 3291 North Avenue Tama, Iowa
Posted on September 27, 2008, in Can I Buy You a Drink?, Date Night, Family Friendly, Family Optional, Feeding the Multitudes, Out of the Box, Winery and tagged Iowa Wine Tour, iowa winery, iowa wines, local wines, Meskwaki, Mesquakie, Tama Iowa. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.