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Wine Production in the Corridor

MARENGO, Iowa (CBS 2/FOX 28)-Iowa winemakers are not only seeing a rise in wine production. Wine lovers from all over the country are coming to our state to grab a glass of wine.

"We see a lot more people coming from out of state, not just from locally and regionally," Fireside winemaker Zach Bott said.

He added that tourists are starting to explore the Midwest vineyards and not just travel to California to sip on wine.

Barbara Damm traveled from the Quad cities to grab a glass of wine with her daughter and niece. "We like to try new wineries," she said. Her daughter, Tarrie Mordhorst added, "It's a family atmosphere."

This isn't the first time they have come to Fireside Winery. "It's our favorite," Damm said.

Fireside is one of 70 vineyards in Iowa, but Bott said that number is growing.

He is excited to see the wine industry continue to grow.

"We are seeing growth, we're seeing a lot of new wineries," he said. 

The wine and grape industry is starting to see a constant increase as wine production numbers continue to rise.

According to a study by Frank, Rimerman & Co, a California based consulting firm, Iowa's wine and grape industry had a $420 million increase in 2012. That number is roughly 80% percent more than in 2008, when Iowa winemakers brought in $234 million.

Bott said he isn't worried about losing money, even though Iowa has the 4th highest wine tax in the country.

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