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Established in 2005, Park Farm is a family owned and operated winery set atop the rolling hills near Bankston, Iowa – just west of Dubuque. We produce a wide variety of award-winning Midwest/French-hybrid varietal wines that are unmatched in quality within the region.

With a tasting room, versatile rental spaces, and a newly installed wood-fired pizza oven, Park Farm has grown into a year-round Iowa destination for wine tasting, gourmet food, concerts, weddings, and so much more!

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Estate & Winery

Park Farm Winery Estate

A DESTINATION TO VISIT

Park Farm’s setting makes it a perfect day trip from anywhere in Eastern Iowa, Northwest Illinois, or Southwest Wisconsin.

A beautiful twenty-minute drive west of Dubuque transports you to a time and place that many cannot conceive as existing in modern-day Iowa…that is, until they experience it for themselves.

The chateau-style facilities, together with the surrounding vineyards, pastures and woodlands, evoke an old-world charm that perfectly complements our hand crafted artisan wines, making Park Farm a must-experience Midwest destination.

Current hours

Monday

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Thursday

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Friday

12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Saturday

12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Sunday

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Closed: Tuesday Wednesday

Pizza kitchen open
Monday, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Our tasting room and west deck are always open to the public during normal business hours, Private events are held in the event room or south deck.

Vineyard

Park Farm’s eleven-acre estate vineyard grows specific ‘cold climate’ grape cultivars – from Old World French-hybrids to several newer developments at the University of Minnesota that produce great wine and withstand the harsh winters of the Upper Midwest. Our grape cultivars are also able to produce ripe fruit within the constraints of Iowa’s shortened growing season. This is why guests are often unfamiliar with our grapes’ names. Cultivars like Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are simply unable to survive or produce quality fruit in our region.

We grow three white grape cultivars – LaCrosse, LaCrescent, and St. Pepin – and three red grape cultivars – Maréchal Foch, St. Croix, and Marquette. We also maintain a small number of other varietals, including Frontenac and Leon Millot.

Park Farm Winery Vineyard

Amenities

Park Farm Winery Tasting Room

Tasting Room

A tasting room and retail shop that are open year round. Tastings are intimate and informative, as our tasting staff is both well versed in Park Farm wines and knowledgeable of the worldwide wine industry.

Park Farm Winery Pizza

Pizza

What could possibly be a better addition to a bottle of wine than gourmet pizza?

Gourmet wood-fired pizza, baked in our on-site brick oven from Italy. Park Farm’s newest addition was made with the ever-growing "foodie" culture in mind. Our gourmet pizzas are made to-order, with over twenty toppings to choose from.

Park Farm Winery Pizza

Events

Park Farm has set itself apart as one of the Dubuque area’s top picks for event hosting. We offer various rental spaces that can perfectly accommodate anything from an intimate dinner party to a 200-guest wedding reception. With an on-site catering kitchen, we offer special deals with local caterers whom we feel are exceptional at their craft.

Past events held at Park Farm have included wedding ceremonies and receptions, rehearsal dinners, showers, birthday and anniversary parties, benefits, and charity fundraisers.

Grapes

Lacrosse Grape

LaCrosse

White wine

Blue to black grapes with mild cherry, plum and dark berry notes with medium acidity and low tannin.

LaCrescent Grape

LaCrescent

White wine

Yellow/gold grapes with intense apricot, peach, and citrus aromas with high acidity

St.Pepin Grape

St. Pepin

White wine

Green to gold, large berry grapes. It has unusually thick skin, which makes it a good candidate for making Ice Wine

Marechal Foch Grape

Maréchal Foch

Red wine

Produces blue to black grapes with mild cherry, plum and dark berry notes with medium acidity and low tannin

St. Croix Grape

St. Croix

Red wine

Dark blue to black grapes of large berry size with low acidity and tannin. When harvested early, the St. Croix produces a wine with berry fruit notes and an earthy undertone.

Marquette Grape

Marquette

Red wine

One of cold climate’s most promising new cultivars, Marquette has small dark blue to black berries with rich cherry and berry fruit notes, medium acidity, and medium tannin.

Frontenac Grape

Frontenac

Red wine

Frontenac produces very dark black berries with a distinctive cherry aroma and hints of plum and other berry notes, high acidity, and low tannin. Wine produced from this grape have and bright cherry fruit aroma.

Leon Millot Grape

Leon Millot

Red wine

A sister seedling to Marechal Foch. Produces similar grapes to the Foch with two major differences: it sets a loose cluster, and ripens about a week earlier than the Foch.

Family History

Cushman Family Portrait

Park Farm can trace its origins all the way back to 1991, when Dave and Liz Cushman – and two of Liz’s siblings and their spouses – purchased 147 acres of former pastureland west of Dubuque.

Over the years, the property was transformed into a country retreat for the three families, as they established hiking trails, picnic areas, and even built a couple small structures. In 1999, Dave and Liz bought the property outright, and began transforming it in earnest.

They built a small lake and established a large vegetable garden, but still felt the need to do something more productive with the land.

An opportunity arose one day when Liz went to buy a tree at a local hardware store where she happened upon a viticulturist. "Grape growing?" Liz questioned, "You must not get a lot of work around here." At this point the viticulturist opened Liz's eyes to the potential of the emerging industry, planting a seed from which an idea could take off.

Dave and Liz started small, planning to grow a modest-sized vineyard and sell its fruit to a winery, to keep them busy in retirement. Little did they realize that this small endeavor would pique the interest of their children who were spreading out across the country and the world.

Interested in plans for a winery, Dave and Liz's eldest son Dave W. moved back with his family from Colorado to use his civil engineering and construction background to build the winery in early 2004. Soon after Tom, the second oldest, followed by Jim, both moved back from Minnesota to help with construction.

After completion of the winery, Jim became the vineyard manager, Dave General Manager and Annie, the oldest daughter, came back from missionary work in Chile in late 2004 to help with the tasting room and event management on a part-time basis. Soon after Annie married and moved to LaCrosse WI.

The youngest children Mary and Will have become involved in recent history. Mary now works the tasting bar, events and the pizza kitchen when she is not going to class at Loras. Will, a recent grad from Colgate has been putting his journalism major to work helping out with the marketing and the PR aspects of the winery.

Dave (son) and Jim remain involved full-time with the winery and vineyard operations. Jim oversees the vineyard and Dave the winery. Dave (Father) and Liz remain intimately involved, overseeing accounting and operations (Dave), and providing plenty of creative inspiration and cooking during our Sunday Night Toast and Jam events (Liz). Figuratively and physically Park Farm Winery was built by the Cushman family.

Our Wines

Park Farm’s eleven-acre estate vineyard grows specific ‘cold climate’ grape cultivars – from Old World French-hybrids to several newer developments at the University of Minnesota that produce great wine and withstand the harsh winters of the Upper Midwest.

Our grape cultivars are also able to produce ripe fruit within the constraints of Iowa’s shortened growing season.

We grow three white grape cultivars – LaCrosse, LaCrescent, and St. Pepin – and three red grape cultivars – Maréchal Foch, St. Croix, and Marquette.

We also maintain a small number of other varietals, including Frontenac and Leon Millot.

  • Picket Fence Wine

    Picket Fence

    white semi-sweet

    A Crisp, clean, semi-sweet white wine. Our Picket Fence has full fruit aromas and flavors including pineapple, pears and green apple. This wine was awarded a gold medal at the Mid-America Wine Competition; one of only 10 Iowa wines and the only wine from Eastern Iowa to receive the award! Not too dry yet not too sweet, this wine is on the fence!

  • Picket Fence Wine

    Frontenac Dessert 2006

    red sweet

    A "Port style" Dessert wine. This wine will hit your taste buds like a cannon! Recent Double Gold from Appelation America. The nose is packed with fruitcake, herb, vanilla, honeydew, fig, prune, dried apple.

  • Picket Fence Wine

    Vintners Reserve Marechal Foch 2009

    red dry

    A medium bodied dry red aged 12 months in French and American oak barrels. Fresh fruit aromas with hints of white pepper and a long smooth finish. Pairs wonderfully with venison back strap for the ultimate Iowa meal. Our first release of Marquette and very limited with less than 60 cases produced.

  • Picket Fence Wine

    LaCrescent

    white sweet

    La Crescent is one of Iowa's most exciting up and coming grapes for white wines. This wine showcases the grapes full fruit flavors of pineapple, apricot and citrus and balances the acidity with sweetness giving a clean refreshing finish. Serve cold with fresh fruit, flan or Creme brulee.

  • Picket Fence Wine

    Bankston Red

    red sweet

    This country style red is a sweet wine with a fruity nose. Similar to "home made" wines that have been made for generations by farmers & hobbyists in this region. A toast to the rich heritage of our neighbors.

  • Picket Fence Wine

    Mississippi River Red

    red off-dry

    This is our most popular red wine. With a touch of sweetness, this blend of French-hybrids is a perfect example of the quality that can be produced from midwest grapes. It is young and fruity, making it acceptable with a variety of people and foods.

  • Picket Fence Wine

    Cheeky Blush

    sweet

    Our sweetest wine makes this very popular and easy to drink.

  • Picket Fence Wine

    Sunday Afternoon Dry White

    dry

    A dry crisp fruit forward white wine. Sunday Afternoon is made from Iowa La Crosse grapes. Similar to a Pinot Grigio, this wine is refreshing when chilled. Pairs with fruit salad, fish, antipasto and Iowa Pork

  • Picket Fence Wine

    Vitner's Reserve Marquette 2012

    red dry

    Coming off our 2012 extreme drought this limited wine is complex, full bodied with deep color, rich tannin and a long finish. A true prize for Mid-West wine. Enjoy with a hearty roast or venison back strap. Only 120 cases produced.

  • Picket Fence Wine

    Vitner's Reserve Leon Millot 2010

    red dry

    Our first attempt at a wild fermentation. This dry red is medium bodied, fruit forward with complex aromas and flavors. Pairs well with red pasta, pizza and burgers.

  • Picket Fence Wine

    La Fume Iowa Lacrosse 2009

    white dry

    Dry-Oak-Spicy- Mild Fruit. Pairs with seafood, white pasta, garlic and buttery dishes.

Artisan Pizza

Park Farm Winery Pizza

What could possibly be a better addition to a bottle of wine than gourmet pizza?

Gourmet wood-fired pizza, baked in our on-site brick oven from Italy. Park Farm’s newest addition was made with the ever-growing "foodie" culture in mind. Our gourmet pizzas are made to-order, with over twenty toppings to choose from.

Pizza Kitchen Hours

Monday

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Thursday

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Friday

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Saturday

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sunday

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Closed: Tuesday Wednesday

Find Us

Directions and Map

Our winery and vineyard are located in the rolling hills of Northeast Iowa 17 miles West of Dubuque, Iowa.

Address: 15159 Thielen Rd. Bankston, Iowa 52039

The rolling hills that surround us make for a picturesque drive from any direction.