Mike White Talks About Drift at NIWG Meeting

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  1. Doug Grave says:

    ” if wineries grow, vineyards will grow and not the other way around.”

    That is only true if wineries are using local grapes! The sad truth is there are many wineries who are perfectly happy to ship in out-of-state grapes and pass their wine off as a local product. There is no division between vineyards and wineries that use local grapes! Vineyards make a huge financial and labor investment. They have a right to promote their product and the wineries who use their product. It should not surprise anyone that growers don’t want to promote wineries who do not use their product. Sadly some industry leaders view this as a “division”.

    Doug Grave, President, Western Iowa Grape Growers Association

  2. “If wineries grow, vineyards will grow and not the other way around.”

    Wineries and local growers need to work together to make sure that the vineyards that are growing are local vineyards. Consumers expect local wineries to use local grapes and surprised and appalled to find out that “local wines” do not always contain local grapes.

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