April 30, 2017

Miletta Vista Three Years After the Fire

The Miletta Vista fire of 2012 occurred June 23rd. A normal harvest would have begun around August 10th, however, because of the hot, dry conditions in Nebraska vineyards, harvest that year began mid July, a month early.Immediately after the tragedy, Mick and Loretta McDowell said they tried to think about harvest, “but in reality we were still in shock and were concentrating on picking up … [Read more...]

Miletta Vista Winery Set to Reopen in May

After being destroyed by a lightning fire last June that forced owners Mick and Loretta to flee for their lives at 2:00 a.m., Miletta Vista Winery in St. Paul,  Nebraska is set to reopen.   See: http://nebraskaradionetwork.com/2013/04/03/after-major-fire-st-paul-winery-hopes-to-reopen-in-may/ See related story: Miletta Vista Winery Rises From The Ashes    … [Read more...]

Miletta Vista Winery Rises From the Ashes

The Miletta Vista tasting room was packed the night of Friday, June 22, 2012. As the winery staff prepared dinner, winery owner Mick McDowell led a group tour of the winery. Meanwhile, customers lined the tasting bar, enjoying the flavors of Brianna, Edelweiss, La Crosse and other Miletta Vista wines made from Nebraska grapes.Outside on the deck, the pace was slower and tables were filled with … [Read more...]

River City Vignoles Wins 2012 Indy Int’l Wine Competition

The first non vinifera wine won Wine of the Year at  the 2012 Indy International Wine Competition.  River City Winery of New Albany,  Indiana took the top prize for its 2011 Vignoles at the largest independent and scientifically organized wine competition in America.  "This award is huge for the Midwest wine industry," said Gary Humphrey owner and winemaker at River City Winery.   "The award also … [Read more...]

Brianna Grape is Midwest’s New Tropical Fruit

When Acquaviva Winery in Maple Park, Illinois petitioned the Tax and Trade Bureau during 2007 to use the name Brianna for their wine labels, they found that only one other winery had petitioned for the name.   From virtually anonymity just five years ago,  Brianna is now growing in popularity all over the Midwest.   Grape growers like this wine grape for its cold hardiness, surviving temperatures … [Read more...]