Disclaimer: Beautiful Touches was treated to lunch, a tour of the Nearwood Winery and Vineyards, and given use of their space, for a day of working with fellow bloggers. No product or monetary compensation was received. All opinions expressed are those of the author.
I recently spent an awesome day at the Nearwood Winery and Vineyards. For those of you who know me, you can pick your jaws up off the floor. I was not partaking of the offerings. I was there as part of a working retreat, with two other like minded (and totally delightful and very talented) bloggers, Owners & Winemaker, Mike Van Natta, and Joann Schissel, Customer Experience, opened their facility to us, for a day of brain storming, sharing, laughing, and enjoying each others company. We were treated to lunch, a tour of the winery and vineyards, and given a brief (and very interesting) lesson on the process of turning grapes into wine.
Nearwood is nestled in the gentle rolling hills of Marion County, Iowa, in the small town of Knoxville. Knoxville is home to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum, located next to the famous Knoxville Raceway…not the first place one would think of a for a vineyard. But surprisingly, well to me anyway, grapes are grown in Iowa, and their neighboring sate of Missouri.
About Nearwood Winery & Vineyards
Nearwood Winery produces wine from locally-grown grapes. Wines are available at the Nearwood Winery Tasting Room “where creatives gather” on the town square in Knoxville, IA.
It is obvious that Mike is serious about the whole process of growing and cultivating his crop to producing a quality wine. Joann is also interested in wines, but her love of the arts shines through wherever one looks. Together they have created a warm and welcoming place for locals and visitors alike, to come and enjoy one another’s company. It’s a great location to hold a wedding reception or corporate gathering.For those of you who are into the RV life, they are Harvest Hosts – a membership program that provides access to a network of wineries, farms, breweries, museums and other unique attractions that invite self-contained RVers to visit and stay overnight. Nearwood provides 2 non-gender bathrooms (complete with showers) for their overnight guests. Park on their property at no cost…just buy a few bottles of wine before you head off to your next destination.
Video courtesy of Snapshots by Heidi