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Limited Edition - Dutch Letter Collection

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Crafted exclusively to celebrate Tulip Time

Limited Edition Almond Mead

Introducing Van Wijk Winery’s latest masterpiece, the Limited Edition Almond Mead. This exquisite mead is a part of our exclusive Dutch Letter Collection, a tribute to our rich Dutch heritage.

Our Almond Mead is a harmonious blend of honey, maple, natural almond and caramel flavors, infused with cinnamon, creating a symphony of smells and flavors that dance on your palate. The sweet, floral notes of honey are perfectly balanced by the nutty undertones of almonds, resulting in a mead that is both sophisticated and refreshing.

But what makes this mead truly special is its limited availability. Crafted exclusively to celebrate Tulip Time, this mead embodies the spirit of the season. Just like the tulips that bloom only for a short while, this mead is available only for a limited time.

So why wait? Experience the joy of Tulip Time with our Limited Edition Almond Mead. But hurry, this mead is as fleeting as the tulips themselves. Get it now while supplies last!

Welcome to Van Wijk Winery

Van Wijk Winery

Beautiful setting, fun activities, and amazing wine makes Van Wijk Winery the hidden gem of Jasper County, IA!

Plan your trip or drop by when we are open! It's only 10 miles south of Interstate 80 and paved (no gravel roads).

Van Wijk Winery is the perfect opportunity for curious travelers and wine lovers alike to take a scenic diversion from the busy and beaten path!

It's an amazing restoration and renovation of an old, abandoned church building! Every year the owners add new landscaping and fun features, so there is always something new to discover.

Located on the Heartland/I-80 Wine Trail, it's between Des Moines (39 miles) and Iowa City (78 miles).

Family Owned & Operated

Looking for a beautiful place in the country? With its cozy ambiance of stone-castle and cottage garden, Van Wijk Winery is the perfect place to bring your family and friends to kick back and relax.

Four generations of the Van Wyk Family and several extended family members are involved in the yearly event activities, wine making, and operations of the winery. It's not uncommon to chat with family members during your visit.

Our family and staff are friendly, unpretentious, and welcoming.

Join us to feel what it's like to Live Local and Let’s Create Some Fun Together!

Directions to Tasting Room/Bistro

Interested in a Wine Tasting? Reservations are always appreciated. Enjoy a few free tastes of wine in our Tasting Room during our operating hours (Small groups of 1-7 people). Want to taste more? Try our wine flights!

Choose from over 40 wine blends, meads, dessert or sparkling wines in six sweet-to-dry categories. Also available for purchase are craft and imported beers, pre-mixed cocktails and no-alcohol beverages.

Our Bistro offers an array of charcuterie and small plate appetizers (while supplies last).

So that we can staff appropriately, if your group is 8 or more, consider booking a Private Tasting.

Directions to Wine Garden

The Wine Garden and Courtyard, adorned with pergolas, stand as a prime attraction of the winery.

Upon your arrival at Van Wijk Winery, locating the Wine Garden and Courtyard is a breeze, thanks to the winery’s intuitive layout designed for visitor comfort. Clear signage is likely to guide your way, but if you find yourself uncertain, the friendly staff is always ready to assist.

The Wine Garden and Courtyard offer a variety of inviting spaces. Choose from our breezy shaded deck, the partially shaded pergolas, or simply bask in the sun. The ambiance at Van Wijk Winery makes it effortless to enjoy your favorite beverage.

Immerse yourself in the sensory delight of sitting in a shaded courtyard under pergolas, sipping wine. It’s an encounter that engages all senses, offering a tranquil retreat, a moment of indulgence, and a celebration of life’s simple pleasures. Enjoy your visit! 

Courtyard Pergolas

Envision yourself stepping into a verdant courtyard, its tranquility enhanced by the shade of overhead pergolas. The air is crisp and mildly cool, carrying with it the delicate, sweet aroma of blossoming flowers from the nearby gardens.

As you sink into comfortable seating, the gentle whisper of rustling leaves in the breeze is the sole sound punctuating the serene silence.

In your grasp, you hold a glass of exquisite local wine, its rich hue catching the speckled sunlight filtering through the pergolas. The wine is a harmonious, sweet melody in a glass, each flavor note perfectly balanced, amplifying the overall sensory experience.

You recline, closing your eyes momentarily, allowing the serene atmosphere to envelop you. The courtyard, the pergolas, the wine - they all converge to craft a moment of sheer relaxation, a moment where time appears to pause.

Connect with Nature

Nature has a way of grounding us, offering a sense of perspective and tranquility amidst life's chaos. In today's fast-paced and increasingly urbanized world, it's easy to become disconnected from the natural world around us.

Van Wijk Winery, in its small village setting, is another place in time where you can escape and immerse yourself in the embrace of nature.

The Courtyard, adorned with several pergolas, offers a unique charm, and rewards your idyll drive to a haven for relaxation.

During three vibrant seasons, the Courtyard bursts to life with a rich tapestry woven with verdant lawns, vibrant flower beds, delightful potted plants, hanging baskets, and thriving herb and vegetable gardens.

This flourishing greenery fosters a serene and revitalizing ambiance, offering a refreshing escape from the urban hustle.

Pathways to Shared Experiences

Imagine strolling along informal pathways, dappled with the gentle shade of overhanging trees, leading you to a welcoming and comfortable deck.

Here, surrounded by the rustling leaves and the gentle breeze, you gather with friends and family to savor the moment and enjoy a glass of wine.

The deck, thoughtfully designed for relaxation and conversation, offers the perfect setting to unwind and create cherished memories together.

With each sip, laughter fills the air, and the stresses of the day melt away, leaving only the warmth of companionship and the satisfaction of shared experiences.

Shaded Breezy Deck

Picture yourself nestled on a shaded deck, sheltered from the sun's rays by colorful sails moving gently in a warm breeze, surrounded by the laughter and chatter of dear friends.

Each sip of wine is a moment of shared pleasure, a toast to friendship and the simple joys of life. As you gaze out over the lush landscape, the worries of the day melt away, replaced by a deep sense of contentment and belonging.

The soothing soundtrack of low-key background music highlighted with occasional songbirds create a symphony to your gathering. With each gentle clink of glasses and shared story, the bonds of friendship grow stronger, creating memories that will be cherished for years to come.

Meetup Destination

Embrace the allure of Van Wijk Winery as one of your favorite meetup destinations and invite your friends to share in an unforgettable experience.

With glasses of Van Wijk's wines or meads in hand, you and your friends toast to the beauty of the surroundings and the joy of being together.

And as the echoes of laughter and clinking glasses fade into the afternoon breeze, you know deep in your heart that this is just the beginning of a beautiful journey—a place that you'll continue to cherish and revisit, time and time again.

With a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your lips, you propose a toast and invite your friends to return again, to this sanctuary where time seems to stand still, and worries melt away.

What's Happening at the Winery?

What's New in 2024?

Help Wanted: Part-Time Wine Barista

Starting wage $13.00 hr. plus tips.

Apply today by emailing us at:

Van Wijk Winery is thrilled to share a new employment opportunity for a Wine Barista. This role is pivotal in delivering an outstanding experience for our patrons. It beautifully blends the craft of wine service with the gourmet delights of our bistro menu, promising a truly engaging experience for both the employee and our guests.

As a Wine Barista, your responsibilities will include presenting samples, selling and serving our extensive range of delicious wines, enlightening customers about our offerings, and serving small plates from our bistro menu.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Wine Service: Ensure each age-appropriate guest is served a selection of wines, with each glass poured to perfection.
  • Customer Education: Inform customers about the diverse types of wines we offer, their subtleties, and flavor profiles.
  • Food Pairing: Propose appropriate food pairings from our bistro menu to enrich the wine tasting experience.
  • Menu Service: Serve dishes from our bistro menu, ensuring each dish is presented elegantly and served promptly.

We are looking for a mature candidate (age 21+) who can work independently, is steadfast, reliable, passionate about exceptional customer service, and adaptable in a dynamic environment.

While previous experience in a similar role is preferred, it is not mandatory as we offer comprehensive training to ensure you are fully prepared to excel in your role.

Join us at Van Wijk Winery and become a part of our dedicated team, committed to providing an unforgettable experience for all our guests. We are not just offering a job, but an opportunity to sell and serve some of the finest local wines and bistro appetizers. We eagerly await welcoming you to our family!

Apply Now!

New 2024 Changes....

1. No outside food or beverages allowed on winery property. If it's not purchased here at the time of your visit, it's not allowed here.

2. Open hours in 2024 are Thursdays & Fridays (1-6pm) and Saturdays (11am-6pm).

3. More coming soon...

Heartland Wine Trail

Iowa Wine Trails

Have an Iowa Wine Passport? Check in with our Barista and receive $2.00 off on a Wine or Mead flight.

Van Wijk Winery is part of the new Heartland Wine Trail. There are eight wine trails located across the state. For more info go to Iowa Wine Trails

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It’s free to sign up and the more wineries, breweries and distilleries you visit, the more points you’ll earn toward prizes!