A Wine Find in a President’s Hometown

It’s time to solve the “mystery.”

On Monday, we showed you a picture of a winery that’s located somewhere “between” Chicago and Las Vegas.

On Tuesday, we took you inside the winery, and provided a few clues as to where it is.

Today… just in case you haven’t figured it out… it’s time to reveal the name and location of the “mystery winery.”

It’s Brick Arch Winery, located on Main Street in West Branch, Iowa — the hometown of President Herbert Hoover.

Thousands visit the tiny town each year to learn about Hoover’s early years and his contributions as President. Those that venture farther down Main Street encounter an unexpected bonus: a winery.

Ilene Lande and John McNutt opened their cozy tasting room in March of 2010, following some unexpected building renovation challenges. We’ll share that story in the November issue of the Vinesse Grapevine newsletter.

Brick Arch Winery sources grapes from all over the Upper Mississippi Valley, and Lande crafts an array of both dry and sweet varietal wines and blends. There’s even a sparkling wine in the lineup.

The winery hosts music performances on most weekends in its comfortable performance space, so if you want to make a weekend of it, there’s more to do than simply tour the Hoover museum and historic site.

If you find yourself traveling West Branch, a stop at Brick Arch Winery is a great way to break up the drive.

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log
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