neighboring states Minnesota and Iowa, early settlers to Nebraska
brought cuttings of their favorite fruit trees, vines and other
crops with them.
also grew naturally in abundance along river valleys where they
were traditionally collected for making jams, jellies, and wine.
By the end
of the 19th century some 5,000 Nebraska acres were devoted to
growing the grape. With Prohibition, a lid was put over the wine
industry which only began to fully recover in the 1990's.
today's vibrant wine scene in the Cornhusker State, with info on wine tastings,
tours and events in Nebraska Wine Country. (Above,
Mac's Creek Vineyard near Lexington, Nebraska.)
More information about Nebraska wineries around the Web:
Winery and Grape Growers Association - The state organization
provides a calendar of events, winery and tasting room information
and other wine related information. Download and print out the
State Map Brochure (PDF file) for a handy take along guide to
all of the wineries and wine tasting rooms in Nebraska.
Nebraska wine - Wikipedia overview including background history, information on grape varieties, with related references and resources..
& Wines of Nebraska - From the
July/August 2003 issue of Nebraska Life comes an engaging story of the modern wine industry
in the region. Interviews with leading wine makers tell the tale of struggling against experts
and bankers who said wine couldn't grow in that climate. The experts and bankers are now drinking
the wines at local festivals and enjoying the fact that they were wrong. Nebraska wineries can
and do produce first class wines.