Help Topics / FAQs

  • How do I set up an online account?
    • If you already have an online account as a member of the IQWC, you may use your existing login information.
    • If you don’t yet have an account, click the "register for an account" link.
      • Read and agree to the terms of use.
      • Fill out your email address and click "Submit"
      • You will receive a confirmation email. Click the link in the email to continue.
      • Choose a password and enter it twice to verify.
      • Use your email address and your new password to login to the system
      • Enter your name, phone number, and position. Click Save.
      • If you have not yet registered your winery, click "Register New Winery"
      • Fill out your winery information. Click Save.
  • How do I use the online sample submission site?
    • To navigate the site, first select either the IQWC or the Laboratory Analysis portal, then use the links in the left-hand column.
    • To submit samples to the Analytical Laboratory, click Submissions, then click New Request.
      • To add a new request, click "Add Request"
      • Fill out the Sample Name (required), Grape Variety, and any applicable comments about the sample.
      • Click the check box next to each test you would like to have performed on this sample. Click Save Request when you have selected all the tests you want.
      • If you have more than one sample to submit at once, click "Add Request" to add the next sample.
      • After entering the request for each sample, review your requests. If necessary, click the Edit or Remove links on the right hand side to modify or delete your selections.
      • When you have finished entering samples, click Submit Requests.
      • From the confirmation page, click "Confirm and Submit" if everything is correct, or click "Cancel" if you need to go back and make changes.
      • After your request is submitted, your samples will appear at the Submissions page. You will be able to see the status (In Transit, Received, etc.) and the submission date.
  • What if I don’t see the analysis I want listed?
    • If you have a test in mind that you would like to have us run, please contact us. There are some methods that are not listed here due to their highly specialized nature or the fact that they are requested infrequently. We are also regularly evolving and expanding our capabilities, so new challenges are welcome. We will be happy to work with you to find an analysis plan that meets your needs. Please contact Maureen at 515-294-3176 or mmoroney@iastate.edu.
  • What if I don’t know what analysis I need?
    • Contact us! We are here to help you solve problems, answer questions, and investigate the composition and properties of your wine. Tell us what you want to know, and we will work with you to figure it out. We will recommend specific tests that we can run, and explain what information the results can give you. Please contact Maureen at 515294-3176 or mmoroney@iastate.edu.
  • Who do I contact with general questions?
  • What sample size should I send?
    • Depending on the tests that you request, we may require anywhere from about 20ml up to one or two 750ml bottles. Please refer to the volumes indicated on the submission request form.
    • Generally speaking, it is safer to send a larger volume than required. On the rare chance that we need to re-run a sample, your results will be delayed if we need to have you send us more.
    • Whatever volume of sample you send, please limit the amount of headspace (air) in the bottle. Under-filling the sample container can result in changes to the wine chemistry while it is in transit to us.
  • How should I package my sample?
    • Glass bottles with tight-fitting caps are preferable.
    • Please limit the amount of headspace (air) in the sample container.
    • If there is any chance of the sample container coming open during transit, please seal tightly with tape and place in sealed plastic bag.
    • If your sample is fermenting (or might start fermenting!) please:
      • ship for same-day or next-day delivery (with delivery Mon-Fri, as we cannot receive samples on weekends)
      • place sample container inside sealed plastic bag
      • keep the sample cold with ice packs and/or Styrofoam cooler
  • How should I ship my sample?
    • Make sure the sample container is tightly sealed, using tape to prevent the closure from coming loose if necessary.
    • Protect the sample with sufficient packaging material
    • For grape, juice, and fermenting samples, please make sure to keep the sample cold and ship for same-day or next-day delivery (Monday-Friday delivery only).
    • Ship to: Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute, 536 Farmhouse Lane, Ames IA 50011
  • What is the turnaround time for getting results?
    • Typically, we will have results by the end of the next business day after we receive your sample.
    • For uncommon, highly specialized, or in-depth analysis, the timeline may be extended. Feel free to contact us for an estimate.
    • On rare occasions, our staff may be unavailable to run your analysis immediately due to conferences, workshops, or out-of-town events. We try to keep our clients updated about these events through the MGWII website and our Facebook page.
    • Submitting your request online helps alert us that we should expect a sample to arrive shortly, and if we know there is a conflict we will contact you to make other arrangements.
    • If you know that your turnaround time is critical, you may contact us to confirm that we will be able to do what you need, when you need it.
  • How will I receive my results?
    • After the analysis is complete, a report is generated and you will receive an email alert.
    • To view the report you need to login to the portal and you will see a “Reports” link on the left-hand side of the page. This link will take you to a list of the samples you have submitted, in order from most recent to least recent, and from there you may view the report for any sample (including past samples).
  • How will I receive and pay my invoice?
    • After the analysis is complete, an invoice is generated and you will receive an email alert.
    • After you log in to the Lab Analysis portal, you will see an “Invoices” link on the lefthand side of the page. This link will take you to a list of invoices that have been generated, in order from most recent to least recent, and from there you may view your most recent invoice (and its status) as well as previous invoices.
    • Invoices will be marked paid when payment is received.
  • Do you give any discounts?
    • We currently offer 50% discount to in-state IQWC members, 40% discount to out-ofstate IQWC members, and 20% discount to Iowa licensed wineries who are not IQWC members. On a case-by-case basis, we may provide other discounts depending on the specific circumstances. Please contact us to inquire if you think you may qualify.
  • What is the difference between the Analytical Lab and the IQ program?
    • The Analytical Lab is a fee-for-service program. You may send as many or as few samples as you wish, and you may request as many or as few different tests as you wish to have performed. It is flexible to meet your needs, and the results are a tool for you to make winemaking decisions.
      • Don’t forget that we can provide assistance (for free!) for any of your winemaking questions or concerns. We have experienced, knowledgeable staff in a variety of areas, so don’t hesitate to use us as a resource.
    • The IQ program was designed to serve and promote the wine industry in Iowa. By recognizing wines that meet established standards of quality, the industry and its members can challenge the nationwide perception that the Midwest cannot produce quality wines. It is a way to learn about the region’s potential for making great wines, and to help establish a regional “wine identity”. It is not an award or a ranking, and there is no quota for the number of wines to pass the IQ test in any given year. The wines are evaluated against set standards, not against each other. If the wine does not pass the IQ program, there is no penalty, and you will still receive chemical analysis results and invaluable sensory feedback. The IQ program is designed for finished wines, so that the product being evaluated is representative of the product that will reach your customers.
      • If you have a finished wine that you are ready to sell, and want to promote its quality to your customers, as well as having it stand as a representative example of quality for the Iowa wine industry, please submit your wine to the IQWC program for evaluation.
  • What regions and industries does the MGWII lab serve?
    • Any winery or vineyard in any state is welcome and encouraged to send us samples for analysis.
    • Because we are here primarily to serve the Midwest, and Iowa in particular, we do offer discounts to in-state wineries and to members of the IQWC program.
    • We are currently focused on the wine industry, but have some limited capabilities to analyze other types of samples (such as beer, hard cider, mead etc.) We are looking at the possibility of expanding our services to meet the needs of the brewing and distilling industries in the future.