From Vines To Wines
Ardon Creek has 2.1 acres of grapes. These are winter hardy varieties that can put up with our Iowa winters and still thrive. Some of these grape varieties may be unknown to most wine drinkers. Our grapes are Concord, Noiret, Chancellor, Petite Pearl, Marquette, and Frontenac. Our own juice is supplemented by juice from the Finger Lakes wine region of New York.
Many of our wines are inspired by the history of the town of Ardon, the 76 Township it is located in, or the personality of a beloved relative. You can see the story behind every wine on the back label of the bottle.
Harvest usually takes place between August and October. Our Concord grapes are mechanically harvested with the help of a nearby vineyards mechanical harvester. The rest of our varietals are picked by hand, where our employees and volunteers (known as villagers) work together to make a wonderful agricultural product.
The grapes are taken to the crusher and de-stemmer to remove the stems. They are fermented and the skins are removed. The juice is stored in various sized tanks at our winery to keep as little headspace near the wine as is possible.
Our wine maker and cellar crew work in the winery, fermenting, stabilizing, and polishing the wines in preparation for bottling. There is an amazing amount of chemistry and biology involved in the wine making process. We diligently check our wines to ensure microbial stability and adjust any preservatives as necessary. Before bottling our wine, we stabilize for protiens, potassium tartrates, pectin, and various microorganisms. The wines are then sterile filtered, and gravity fed into brand new bottles.
Bottling is also done by our “village” of volunteers, neighbors and workers.
Once our wine is bottled, we distribute it to many local retail stores. We also offer our wines at many area farmers markets and the Ardon Creek Tasting Room. We offer tastings at many different locations to give people the opportunity to find out which wines they like best.