Winefest is the way Iowa celebrates its love of summer, food and, of course, wine.

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Winefest isn’t just about wine, it’s about supporting the cultural institutions that make Iowa great. If that sounds like your thing, then you might be the perfect patron.

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Winefest Preseason Events

Wine Flight

Around the World

February 19, 2015

Come explore the world of wine with us! Find out the differences between New World and Old World wine and how wine making style and location greatly affects what you taste. Join the Fleming’s team as we explore South America, Germany, Italy and more! Complimenting these fabulous wines will be a delectable four-course meal to match each pairing.

Live Competition

Thrivent Financial Iron Somm

February 21, 2015

Help crown Des Moines’ very first Iron Somm in a five course culinary clash. Only your palate can help decide whose pairing is paramount.

Wine Flight

I’ll Pine for Wine

March 12, 2015

Join Gateway Market’s Abbe Hendricks for an exclusive tasting of Alpine grapes seldom seen outside their homeland; tasting will include regionally classic dishes prepared by Chef Derek Eidson of Centro.

Wine Flight

Italian Sister City and Sister State Tasting

April 9, 2015

Join us at Terrace Hill as we explore our Sister City and Sister State in Italy through delicious appetizers and wine.

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Wine Flight

May Wine Flight

May 12, 2015

More information coming soon!

Winefest Week Events

Winefest Des Moines
Tasting Event

Iowa Realty Spring Tasting

April 30, 2015

Join us as we unveil our poster for the 2015 season at Hoyt Sherman.

Patron and sponsor only

Educational Workshop

Meredith Saturday Sessions

May 30, 2015

Educational food and wine workshops hosted by Meredith Corporation’s own acclaimed food professionals, plus some celebs, inside their test kitchen and at select locations around Des Moines.


Iowa Lawn Party

May 31, 2015

Celebrate all things Iowa with local wine, beer and cuisine. Samples will be shared from Iowa wineries and microbreweries, and local food products will be highlighted all with music from a favorite Iowa band.

Tasting Event

LS2group Toasting Tuesday

June 2, 2015

Sample bubbles and enjoy accompanied hors d’oeuvres from around the world.

Evening Soiree

Wednesday Night Event

June 3, 2015

More information coming soon!

Prima Dinner

Prima Dinners

June 4, 2015

The night features six different options highlighting top chefs in the metro area. Each chef is partnered with a winery, creating inventive and palate-pleasing pairings.

Tasting Event

DuPont Pioneer Sips and the City

June 5, 2015

Jump start the weekend with this energetic event with a wide variety of wines and hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants.

Tasting Event

Willis Grand Tasting

June 6, 2015

This intimate evening showcases the best food and wine available in Central Iowa. Des Moines’ finest restaurants and caterers will prepare hearty hors d’oeuvres to be paired with high-end wines.

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