The Amana Colonies Convention and Visitors Bureau will be offering this brand new culinary excursion starting this month. They do the driving, you simply sit back and enjoy the lush river valley scenery. Between stops your tour guide will share interesting Amana history and provide background about Iowa’s craft beverages industry. (Did you know that to maximize land usage barns are centrally located in the Amana villages instead of being spread throughout the countryside?)
The Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery near Swisher is a family-owned business featuring estate-grown wines and ClearHEART® vodka, gin, and rum, along with brandy and whiskey. The tour starts in the processing room and ends in the spacious tasting room. You’ll be able to sample up to three spirits or five wines (they’ll be delighted to explain the combinations). They will also provide a sample from their menu to accompany your tastings.
|Wines at Ackerman Winery.|
|Malt at Millstream Brewing.|
|White Cross Cellars|
Less than 10 miles away is Fireside Winey near Marengo, a relatively new winery featuring many wines made with 100% Iowa grapes. Take time to let them guide you through the samples and stories of each wine. Foods may include apple slices, fresh bread and a warm cheese dipping sauce.
For information regarding costs, times, dates and reservations contact:
Amana Colonies Convention & Visitors Bureau
622 46th Ave
Amana, IA 52203
800.579.2294 or 319.622.7622
LuAnn Reinders, Iowa Tourism Office