What's Happening At Massbach Ridge Winery


 There is always a reason to celebrate at Massbach Ridge Winery and this holiday season is no exception! The winery will celebrate fifteen years in business with a special holiday open house on December 15 in Massbach.

Whether you are coming to take advantage of holiday wine specials, or the opportunity to un-wine-d from the stress of the season, we welcome you to enjoy the day with special music, snacks and wine.

This is also a great time to stock up on the wine and gifts you will need for upcoming celebrations. Wine is a great gift for nearly everyone on your list! Unsure what they will like? Ask any of our winery hosts to help find a selection they are sure to enjoy. Don’t forget about the abundant selection of wine accessories to compliment any gift!

The open house not only celebrates the upcoming holiday season, but also the beginning of the celebrations for our fifteenth anniversary! In the last fifteen years, Massbach Ridge Winery has been honored with numerous wine awards, recognition for the Illinois Grape Grower of the Year, and two Governor’s Cup Awards. But that is not what keeps winemaker and owner Peggy Harmston excited about the winery.

“It’s the people,” said Harmston.  “This business has brought us so many new friends, experiences and joy.  It sounds cliché, but people do come in as customers and leave as friends. We enjoy getting to know everyone who comes in our doors in Massbach and Galena. What better place to make a new friend than over a glass of Massbach Ridge wine?”

“Massbach wines themselves are unique because the grapes are grown right here in Massbach,” states Harmston. “But, the true reason we are still here after 15 years is the experience.  The winery family and myself want each and every one of you, our customers and friends, to enjoy the most important part of life – each other.  That is sitting and enjoying the scenery; maybe learning a little about wine-making process; and falling in love with the wine.”  

Massbach Ridge Winery was established in December, 2003 by the Harmston family in the hills of Jo Daviess County on Massbach Road outside of Elizabeth. Growing 18 acres of grapes, the winery produces most of what it needs to create 20 different wines, making them unique in the region as they are produced from Illinois-grown grapes.