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A Wine Tour of Iowa South

Due to COVID-19, wineries may have reduced hours, closures, or new visiting procedures. Please confirm before visiting.

Dedicate a weekend to exploring Iowa South’s wine trail. The trail consists of three wineries: Tassel Ridge Winery in Leighton, Wooden Wheel Vineyards in Keota, and Cedar Valley Winery in Batavia.

Please note, that winery hours can change. We encourage you to confirm hours before visiting.

Tassel Ridge

Photo and top header image courtesy of Tassel Ridge Winery

Tassel Ridge Winery is nestled in the rolling hills of rural Western Mahaska County. They offer 40 wines including sweet, semi-sweet, or dry and white, rosé, or red — there is a wine for almost every taste and occasion.

Their grapes are grown on four different vineyards, one at Tassel Ridge and another three near Oskaloosa. They grow nine different Northern Climate red and white grape varieties.

Tassel Ridge Winery opened to the public in the spring of 2006 and has since won more than 250 medals in wine competitions.

Tip from the winery: Pick up some delicious food items to pair with your wine once home. Owner Bob Wersen says their gift shop sells jelly, peanut brittle, chocolate bonbons, and chocolate and caramel sauces made with their wine. Stem-ware, decanters, and other wine service items are also available. 

Monday - Friday | 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday | 12:00 - 6:00 pm

Please contact the winery for more information.

Wooden Wheel Vineyards

Wooden Wheel Vineyards carries a rich family history, located on the owner’s family farm, first settled by his great-great-grandmother. Mike and Connie Vincent began work on the winery in 2010. Today they produce red, white, rosé, dessert, specialty, and sparkling wines. They also have a unique line of wines, Steel Horse, that offer an edgier take on classics.

The property is picturesque with an event center that can be rented for weddings and other celebrations.

Hours (Tasting Room):
Sunday - Tuesday | By appointment
Wednesday - Friday | 1:00 - 6:00 pm and by appointment
Saturday | 9:00 am - 6:00 pm and by appointment
Sunday | By appointment

Please contact the winery for more information.

Cedar Valley Winery

Photo courtesy Cedar Valley Winery

Cedar Valley officially opened in 2009, though it got its start as a small vineyard in 2002. Today the 8-acre winery produces high quality dry, sweet, and semi-sweet wines — many award-winning. The wines are made up of French and American hybrid varieties grown only in their vineyard.

The winery offers tastings and tours. Visit during their set hours or schedule an appointment.

Tip from the winery: Marketing Manager Gerard Muller recommends enjoying wine on the property’s outdoor deck to fully take in the beauty of the vineyard and Iowa’s countryside.

Monday - Thursday | 1:00 - 6:00 pm
Friday | 12:00 - 6:00 pm
Saturday | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday | 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Weekday mornings are available by appointment.

Please contact the winery for more information.

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