Our Story

Winneshiek Wildberry Winery in Decorah is family owned and operated by Ken and Yvonne Barnes and their two daughters Darla Jones and Beth Guzman.
 
The farm has been in Yvonne’s family for 150 years, tracing back to her great-grandmother. Ken and Yvonne have lived on the farm since 1969. During this time they have raised dairy cows, beef cows, and farrowed pigs. With the decline of farming visible all around them as well as their own firsthand experience, they decided to keep the farm viable by producing grapes.
 
Ken planted the first grape varieties in 2001. Darla, our winemaker, completed classes to increase her wine making knowledge and improve her craft. During this time Ken began drawing up plans to rebuild the barn into a winery. The winery was built on the original foundation of the dairy barn. It was built by the Amish, Henry Miller a.k.a. “Barefoot Henry” and his crew in 2004-2005. It all came together in the fall of 2005 with the opening of the winery’s doors in October.
 
There are now nine acres of vineyards and two acres of rhubarb for guests to tour as well as a patio for enjoying the scenery, flowers, birds and a glass of wine. Inside the winery is a beautiful wood furnished tasting room, complete with a majestic oak bar. The gift shop is the perfect place to pick up wine accessories or a gift for yourself or someone you know. After you spend time in the gift shop you can sample a flight of wine and have lunch.
 
Winneshiek Wildberry Winery truly is the perfect place to spend a day in the country!

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Really friendly bartender here. Also, really great wine. 10/10 would recommend!
– Libby Morton

Love this winery! Wish I would have purchased more bottles; see you in June, when I’ll get a case!
– Lori Yoakum

We hosted a 60 guest rehearsal dinner here 9/22/18. Beth and her staff were very easy to work with and worked their hardest to accommodate our ideas and plans. The venue turned out looking amazing and everyone loved the set-up. Thumbs up, Winneshiek Wildberry Winery!
– Shane Hartrick Boltz

A great place to stop & visit! Nice wines and we had a delicious lunch & pie! oh yes, we bought wine to bring home too!
– Sharon Maus

I helped plan a bridal shower for my friend this summer at the winery. The staff was so kind and accommodating with everything we needed. Great location and beautiful event space!
– Gabby Kolker

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