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Mt. Valley Vineyard & Winery

Mt. Valley Vineyard & Winery Mt. Valley Vineyard & Winery is a shared dream between Gary & Barb Ludwig and Scott & Jackie Heiser. In the fall of 2001 the idea to start a small vineyard was born and the next spring we were planting our first acre of Marechal Foch grapes. By the next fall, we knew the vineyard was just a start to bigger and better things. Soon we were drafting plans for a winery, attending wine making classes and buying every book we could find on the subject.

Coming from I35: Take the Forest City/Manly Exit. Head West towards Forest City Turn left to Pilot Knob State Park Before entering park, turn right on asphalt road Go about 1.5 miles - Winery is located on the north side of the road. Coming from the South: From Airport blacktop (B14), turn North on Taft Avenue. At the intersection of 340th Street, turn Right. Go approximately 1/4 mile. The winery is located on the left side of the road.

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20306 340th Street, Forest City, IA, US, 50436 Email:
Phone: 641-581-3850 Web:
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  Bear Creek
The dryest of the dry wines. This wine is named for the creek that flows through the local golf course and is a varietal made 100% from our St. Pepin grapes grown in our vineyard. We don't sell a lot of Bear Creek but it is my personal favorite. As long as I am the wine maker and our St Pepins produce, I will be sure to have some Bear Creek on hand. Notice the grapefruit and citrus aroma's that some compare to a Savignon Blanc.
  Beaver Creek
Named after a creek that meanders through Mt. Valley Township, our Beaver Creek wine was our best selling white in 2007. Described as a semi-sweet and fruity wine, the apple and pear aromas are abundant in this crisp and refreshing wine. Serve chilled but not cold. A good rule of thumb is to store at room temperature and place in the refrigerator about 20 minutes before serving. This will bring the temperature of the wine to the ideal mid-50's.
  Mo's Choice
A new entry to our repertoire for the 2008 season. We made several contacts during 2007 from customers who claimed to have "a Concord vine" in their backyard. They wondered if we would be interested in making wine from it. There was one vine in particular (from Mo's farm - down the airport blacktop road) that we were impressed with. The maturity and vigor of the vine and fruit were very impressive. For a couple bottles of the end product, we were allowed to those Concords. I am always looking for mutual agreements such as this!
  Mt Valley Red
A dryer version of Nic & Vic. Fermentation proceeds until the yeast consumes all available sugar. Some "softening" techniques are used to reduce the stringency sometimes associated with the Foch grapes. Personally, this is my favorite red. It complements a steak dinner quite well or can be consumed on its own just fine.
  Mt. Valley Cranberry
The cranberries come fresh from the Wisconsin Cranberry Cooperative in Wisconsin Rapids. This wine has no concentrates or anything else added except freshly crushed cranberries. After crushing the berries, we ferment the wine by placing the fruit in large bags and letting them soak in a tank filled with pure Mt. Valley well water. We ferment the wine to arrive at a 13% alcohol content. This is an easy drinking wine when chilled - be careful, before you know it the bottle will be gone! This is a refreshing wine to enjoy on a warm summer day with grilled burgers.
  Nic & Vic
Our signature wine. Named after the two old bachelors from whom the vineyard and winery land was purchased over 15 years ago. We stop the fermentation on this wine with residual sugar remaining. The taste is quite sweet and the fruit flavor is quite distinct. This wine is made from our Marechal Foch grapes that we planted in the spring of 2002. During our 2007 season this was our best selling wine.


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