Lori Paulsen, Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Association executive director, says producers will be at the festival to answer questions.
“There will be folks that are very knowledgeable about that winery’s wine, but also the grapes that were grown,” Paulsen tells Nebraska Radio Network. “They’ll tell you all about the interesting things that it takes to get those wines from vine to glass.”
There will be more than 130 different wines available to taste from 22 wineries, as well as food and music.
Paulsen says the industry has come a long way in the past 20 years.
“I think there was a misconception that Nebraska wines were all sweet white wines, and really, we have just developed so many varieties and varietals that really do well in this climate,” she says. “They really range from, maybe, a sweeter Edelweiss all the way to a drier Marquette.”
To be classified as a Nebraska wine, at least 75% of the grapes it contains must be grown in the state.
The industry has an annual economic impact of $150 million for the state.
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