cropped-header-1280-x-426-copy1.pngWinery/Vineyard Families Wanted
The producers of Wine Diamonds: Iowa Uncorked™ is looking for winery and/or vineyard families to be a part of a feature length documentary being filmed from August 2014 to August 2015. The focus of the film will be on Iowa winery/vineyard families that have returned to Iowa to start a winery or vineyard operation (or members of the family that have returned to help start or run an operation). The producers will select 4 to 6 Iowa winery/vineyard operations and conduct in-depth interviews over the course of the year, visiting periodically to film winery/vineyard operations, events and tape interviews with family members and others. It is the producers hope to show a diversity of operations (e.g., scale of operation, size of family, and location in Iowa).

In addition to documenting the family-run wine operations the producers are also interested in understanding the impact the wine industry is having on the rural economy of Iowa, how grape growing is beginning to affect agricultural diversity, and the role of state university and extension programs have on a growing industry, and talk with governmental and industry leaders.

If you’d like to be a part of this independent documentary film about the Iowa wine industry and have a family that has come back to Iowa to start a winery, or has family members that have returned to Iowa to help in a winery or vineyard business, or would like to recommend your winery or vineyard as a site the producers should consider visiting and filming, please send a note of interest to

Tentative Timeline

Phase 1: Preparation and “Pitch” Video (July-Sept. 2014)
We’ve already filmed a portion of the Mid-American Wine Competition and have conducted interviews with organizers and judges, and observed/filmed the process of wine judging. Our goal was to understand why some of the most regarded wine judges in the country are excited about Iowa wines. The July 2014 shooting will be used for a 3-5 minute “pitch” or promotional piece (and portions will be included in the final documentary) for the lead-up to our funding campaign effort beginning in October.

Phase 2: Documentary Filming (Aug. 2014 – Aug. 2015)
We are seeking to identify 4-6 interested and willing winery families to follow over the 2014/15 calendar year. We plan periodic visits for interviews and filming of vineyards and production facilities, and special events during the yearlong filming process.

Phase 3: Post-Production (Sept. 2015 – Mar. 2016)
Throughout the documentary filming the team will meet to process and edit video footage. However, once all of the production objectives have been achieved we’ll begin post-production work, including: editing, voice over, sound (recording a sound track) and graphics.

To learn more about the project, follow along with our progress, and meet the team visit:
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Questions? Contact Brad Johnson at


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