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|Snus Hill Winery|
In 1999 John and Diane Larson planted the first acre of Frontenac and Marechal Foch grapes on a hillside their Swedish ancestors had purchased four centuries prior. Each year since, they have planted an additional acre of a new variety of grape. John’s sister, Linda Larson Melin, moved back to Iowa in 2004 and they started selling the wines in 2005.
The Snus Hill Winery name is reflective of the family’s Swedish heritage and their love of cats. Snus is the name of the Larson family’s affectionate and beguiling tobacco brown Burmese cat. The cat got his name from an old Swedish chewing tobacco (Snus). The white cat on the labels was chosen to represent the family’s platinum Burmese cats.
Jean and Paul Groben first planted grape vines in 2000 near Newton, Iowa. With a degree in viticulture and enology (grape growing and wine science), their son Mason started the wine business with his parents in 2003.