The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

June 11, 2014

Sample eight wineries and one brewery

The Centerville Wine and Arts Festival, coming up this weekend, has become one of the biggest events in Centerville during the summer and each year organizers strive to provide a new experience for attendees.

This year’s festival will be held Saturday, June 14 from 3 to 8 p.m. in the Historic Courthouse District. Admission is $15 for wine sampling guests, which includes a custom wine glass. Admission is $5 for non-sampling guests.

“We like to bring in at least one new winery each year,” said Joyce Bieber, executive director of the Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, the organization that is responsible for the Wine Festival. “This year we have Fireside Winery from Marengo. We’ve been trying to get them here for a couple years and we are excited that they are going to be here.”

Fireside Winery is located off of Interstate 80 just north of the Tanger Outlet Mall. They have a tasting room, gift shop and patio where entertainment is provided on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons during the warmer months. The patio is also available for special events. Fireside Winery is named for the three fire pits and two fireplaces located on premises.

Owners Rona and Bill Wyant got into the wine business in 2007 after deciding they wanted to have something different to pass on to their kids. It’s a family business now, with daughter Cassie Bott in the role of on-site manger and son-in-law Zach Bott is the wine maker. Fireside’s vineyard, Brick Hill Vineyard, is located on 14 acres and they grow a variety of cold-hardy grapes. They produce about 15,000 gallons of wine each year.

Fireside produces a great assortment of wines from the Frontenac which is a dry red to the most-popular Glow which is a sweet white wine. Both of these will be among the wines that will be sampled at the Centerville Wine Festival.

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