Compass Hill Vineyard

Inspired by the native compass plant that once covered these rolling hills of Madison County, our vineyard was planted with pride and deep family roots.

We are
Compass Hill Vineyard

We take wine seriously, so every decision we make in the vineyard focuses on improving the quality of our fruit to result in the best wines possible.
Why choose Us?

Family Owned & OperatedBuilding from the ground up

Compass Hill Vineyard started as a dream in 2010 and is passionately cared for by the Larsen family. With the help of our friends and family, we planted our first vines in 2015. We couldn’t do this without their support, and we love sharing in this experience with those closest to us.

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Award Winning2019 Iowa Vineyard of the Year

Compass Hill Vineyard was awarded the 2019 Iowa Vineyard of the Year as voted on by members of the Iowa Wine Growers Association. We are honored to be recognized by our peers in the Iowa wine industry, and we look forward to helping shape our industry in the future.

Why choose Us?

Try Our GrapesPartnering with a great local winery

We are proud to say that each year we sell our entire crop to Covered Bridges Winery, located just a few miles north of Winterset, Iowa. Not only is it great to partner with a winery that is so near to our vineyard, but also a winery that shares our passion for quality.


Our Varietals

We proudly grow two of the most exciting and promising grapes varietals in cold climate viticulture!
Petite Pearl

Petite Pearl

Our red grape is the rock star of the vineyard. Its tight, compact clusters and late ripening provide smooth and balanced tannins and low acidity, a trait highly sought-after by Iowa winemakers. Its garnet red color and earthy flavors are ideal for dry, medium-bodied wines.
Frontenac Blanc

Frontenac Blanc

Our white grape is vigorous and sometimes moody in the vineyard. It is pale yellow to golden in color and likes to ripen in the late August heat. Its bright acidity and refreshing aromas of melon and grapefruit make it well-suited for crafting dry, off-dry, and sparkling white wines.


Get in Touch with Us

The Larsen Family: Chris, Erin, Karter, Sawyer, Eric, Connee

If you’d like to know more about our vineyard, please email

Our VineyardWinterset, IA