Wines



This is where we raised our family.  The remnants of a tree house, a sand pile, and the old swing set are footprints left by the kids who are the sources and subjects of our wine labels.


99 Bottles Winery features a variety of white, red, and rose wines.  The fruit used in our grape and apple wines comes from our own orchard and vineyard supplemented by grapes grown by our local growing partners.



Featured Wine

Oldest Child

A semi-sweet white produced from our own Frontenac Gris grapes.





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- Other Varieties Currently Available -




Bird Dog Red
A smooth, dry red vented from Marquette grapes grown on site.  Heavy-bodied and rich flavored.


Oldest Child
A semi-sweet white produced from our own Frontenac Gris grapes.




Middle Child
A semi-sweet red made from site-grown Marquette grapes.  Dark and rich, yet very smooth with just a touch of sweetness. 
Youngest Child
New this year; made purely from La Crescent grapes grown just ten miles from the winery.  This light and fruity white is semi-sweet and full of flavor.


SOLD OUT FOR 2015:
Frontenac
The richest “black” you have ever seen in a wine, with a velvety smoothness not common in northern climate grapes.  Home grown, new this year, and in limited supply.



 Wine Varieties Grown by 99 Bottles Winery & Vineyard:
Brianna - Brianna is a cold climate variety developed by Elmer Swenson.  Brianna yeilds medium to large, thick-skinned, golden berries.  Brianna creates a wonderful semi-sweet table wine, with notes of pineapple, floral and banana flavors.  Brianna is similar in taste to Edelweiss, but lacks the distinctive cotton-candy sweetness of it's sister.
Edelweiss - June's favorite, the Edelweiss is a very winter-hardy child of the Ontario grape. It was developed by Elmer Swenson in 1980 at the University of Minnesota.  Edelweiss is characterized by it's distinct sweet flavor whom some describe as strawberry-banana and some as cotton candy.  Edelweiss produces large, golden fruit.


Frontenac - Frontenac is a hybrid of a native grape and the French hybrid Landot.  Frontenac is very cold hardy and disease resistant, making it perfect for growing in the chill winters of Northern Iowa.  Frontenac produces a deep, garnet-colored wine, with almost blue-black grapes.  It is characterized by a distinctive cherry aroma and inviting palate of blackberry, black currant, and plum.  The brilliant balance of fruit and acidity creates a unique and complex wine.

Frontenac Blanc - Frontenac Blanc is a relatively recent discovery of grape variety.  Frontenac Blanc is a white-fruited mutation of the Frontenac grape.  The mutation causes the berry to be grey or bronze and produce a white or slightly pigmented wine.  The Frontenac Blanc wines are distinctly different from Frontenac or Frontenac Gris in flavor and aroma.



Frontenac Gris - Frontenac Gris also began as a mutation of Frontenac Grapes.  Frontenac Gris yeilds a purple-gray fruit and amber-colored juice.  Frontenac Gris wines are characterized by pleasant aromas of peach and apricot, with hints of citrus and tropical fruits.  The wines can either be rose or white, and are generally lively, refreshing, and fruity.
Marquette - Marquette is a close relative to the Frontenac and Pinot Noir grape varieties.  This variety was developed by the University of Minnesota and introduced to the market in 2006.  Marquette is an ideal grape for our chilly Northern climate and short growing season.  Marquette’s high sugar and low acidity make a complex and delicious wine. Our Marquette is smooth, rich, and complex without the tannic bite typically found in red wines.  While not a sweet wine, our Marquette is definitely not dry either.  We like to think it’s just perfect.