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Garden Winery earns top Iowa honors in Mid-American Wine Competition

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Colleen Murphy

Iowa Wine and Beer Promotion Board, Iowa Economic Development Authority



Garden Winery earns top Iowa honors in Mid-American Wine Competition


August 21 (Des Moines, IA) – Garden Winery in Fort Dodge earned the Dr. Dick Peterson Best Iowa Appellation Award for its Frontenac Rose at the Mid-American Wine Competition. The award, which designates the competition’s best Iowa wine produced from grapes grown in the state, was sponsored by the Iowa Wine and Beer Promotion Board.


“For us, it’s just all about the wine,” said Garden Winery owner Cindy Bush. She and her husband Bill started the winery three years ago in Gowrie. They recently moved the tasting room to 35 South First Street in Fort Dodge. The winery also took home three silver and one bronze medal.


People wanting to visit Garden Winery or any other Iowa winery should pick up the new Iowa Wine and Beer Directory. The guide includes listings for 81 wineries (up nine over last year’s directory), organized by region to help travelers find a winery near them as they travel Iowa. Wine lovers can also access listings on the Iowa Wine and Beer App, available for free for Apple and Android users.


The Mid-American Wine Competition was held July 13-15 at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny and included wines from 15 Midwestern states. It is the only wine competition in the country to evaluate wines paired with food. More than 600 wines were entered by more than 100 wineries. Professional wine judges from throughout the United States awarded 104 gold medals, 190 silver medals, and 183 bronze medals. In total, 33 Iowa wineries earned 172 medals at the competition. Find a complete list of winners at


The Iowa Wine and Beer Promotion Board, located within the Iowa Economic Development Authority, was created in 1986 to promote the state’s wine and beer making industries. Find more information at




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