This white-wine grape was produced by Elmer Swenson, a pioneering grape breeder who introduced a number of new cultivars that are hardy in the Upper Midwest.

Brianna vines produce medium-sized clusters of grapes that mature early in the season to a greenish gold to gold color. This cultivar has good cold-hardiness to around -25°F. It also shows good vigor, a productive nature, and is generally resistant to the common grape diseases.

Brianna grapes can produce a nicely balanced, semi-sweet, white wine with a fruity nose and apricot, peach, pineapple, and honey flavors. Brianna is also planted for white grape juice production. Recently interest has grown in this cultivar, and Iowa’s wineries are poised to create new and unique wines from its grapes

Click here to view the commercial we produced for the Brianna grape.

Wines produced from this grape are available at these wineries.

  • Brick Arch Winery
  • Eagles Landing Winery
  • Farm House Winery
  • Park Farm Winery
  • Tabor Home Winery
  • Tycoga Winery

Passport Program

 Our passport program allows visitors to earn a wine glass once they have visited and received stamps from each of the member wineries.

No purchase is necessary and completed passports may be turned in at any time.

The passport is incorporated into our brochure and is available at any of the participating wineries and can be stamped any day other than the day of an Iowa Wine Trail Event.

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