The Heart of Iowa Wine Trail will host Wines Gone Wild (formerly known as Tropical Winefest) at Capitol Square in Downtown Des Moines on April 4. The event had previously been held at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and the Scottish Rite Consistory, but organizers say the event has outgrown both of the venues and is expected to have nearly 700 attendees this year. This year's Wines Gone Wild will feature all 15 Heart of Iowa Wine Trail wineries/vineyards, as well as a number of Des Moines area restaurants and food vendors. Patrons will be able to sample area wines and munch on hors d’ouevres in a casual, relaxed atmosphere while listening to live music by the Tony Valdez Duo and participating in prize drawings. Wines served at the event will also be available for purchase. Tickets for the event are $30 per person (must be 21), and they may be purchased online through MidwesTix.
The restaurants and food vendors participating in Wines Gone Wild this year will include the Iowa Pork Producers, Dos Rios, Big City Burgers and Greens, Tamales Industry, Tally's, Tasteful Dinners, HoQ, Table 128 Bistro, Frisian Farms, Chocolaterie Stam, Crème Cupcake, and Maytag Blue Cheese. Wineries and vineyards serving at the event will include Dale Valley Vineyard, Eagle City Winery, Grape Escape Winery, Jasper Winery, John Ernest Vineyard and Winery, LaVida Loca Winery, Penoach Vineyard and Winery, Prairie Moon Winery, Rosey Acres Winery, Snus Hill Winery, Fox Ridge Winery, Summerset Winery, Tassel Ridge Winery, Two Saints Winery, and Van Wyjk Winery. For more information on Wines Gone Wild, or any of the 15 wineries and vineyards of The Heart of Iowa Wine Trail, go to the THOIWT website.