Our Story


Welcome to Prairie Moon Winery and Vineyards. Located in Ames, Iowa, we started with a passion for fine wine and a need for expansion in Iowa's agricultural diversity.

In 2000, Steven Nissen planted the first vines of what now has become an thirteen acre vineyard. The dream was to grow high quality grapes, in order to create fine estate wines, without having to buy grapes from established growing areas like California. It has been a slow process, but we believe our products reflect the the kinds of wines you can get in new growing regions like the Midwest.

We may not be able to grow well-known varieties like Merlot, Chardonnay, or Cabernet, but we have many new hybrid varieties along with native American grapes that provide a lot of new tastes to the palate. 

We encourage everyone to support Iowa wineries and all local businesses that encourage growth of a local sustainable economy to our communities.