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    Ackerman And Fireside Wineries Receive Heritage Area Site Designation


    Ackerman Winery and Fireside Winery have received official designation as Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) Sites.


    Ranging from dairy farms and museums to vineyards and tractor assembly plants, there are 110 sites and attractions in the heritage area formally designated with preserving and sharing their own unique part of America’s agricultural story.


    In celebration of the partnership between SSNHA, ribbon cuttings will take place on June 28 at 10 a.m. at Fireside Winery in Marengo and at 11 a.m. at Ackerman Winery in Amana.


    “We are excited with the addition of Ackerman and Fireside Wineries as two of the heritage area’s newest sites,” said Candy Welch-Streed, SSNHA director of partnerships. “Five generations of the Wyant family have been farming corn and soybeans. Today, they have diversified their family farm with grape growing and wine making. They are preserving Iowa’s wine making past and sharing their continued legacy in farming.”


    Ackerman Winery is the oldest operating winery in the state of Iowa with an award-winning selection of fruit wines. Fireside Winery is an addition to the Wyant family farm that has been producing Iowa staples like corn and soybeans for five generations.


    Through a network of sites, programs and events, Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area tells the story of farm life and agribusiness—past and present. Visitors can learn about and experience agriculture at a variety of museums, historic sites, and farms. One of 63 federally designated heritage areas in the nation, Silos & Smokestacks is a member of the National Park Service National Heritage Area System. The heritage area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of Iowa. To plan your visit or to learn more, visit


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    Photo 1: Ackerman Winery

    Photo 2: Fireside Winery

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