What's Happening At Massbach Ridge Winery

Massbach Stomp 2018

Jump in FEET first, and stomp grapes till you’re purple! Celebrate a successful harvest with us in the vineyard.

The whole family is welcome in the vineyard.

  • Stomp
  • Taste
  • Tour
  • Relax
  • Music from 1-4 pm by Steve Mcintyre
  • Reservations

    Event reservations
    • Please enter a value between 1 and 50.
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Pre-Harvest Tasting 2018

Join us at the winery to see the vineyards in full fruited beauty!!

  • Wagon rides
  • Tours
  • Live Entertainment
  • Light snacks
  • WINE
  • Fresh grapes
Green Grapes

Reservations

Event reservations
  • Please enter a value between 1 and 50.
  • :

Closed for Family Event July 28th

We will be closed Saturday July 28th for a family event. We will resume normal business hours Sunday July 29th. Tastings can be done at our downtown Galena location.

Thank you for your understanding.

Red, White, and Blue 2018

 

Celebrate with us this 4th of July weekend with a glass on the deck. Music from 1pm-4pm  with Mr. Ed and Mike Kelly. Wine tasting from 11am-5pm with tours throughout the afternoon.

 

 

Corkless in Galena 2018

 

June 23th form noon to 7 pm

Find Tickets here… www.corklessingalena.simpletix.com

Online advance tickets go on sale April 2018.

  • Wine
  • Food
  • Art
  • Live Music

Elegant wines made from American hybrid grapes will be showcased in the afternoon and early evening. Selections of wines represent unique wines produced by family owned Northern Illinois Wineries. In addition to Wine Tastings, there will be an art exhibit, light snacks available, and music.

Includes:

1 Admission $20

1 Festival Wine Glass

5 Tasting Tickets—good for 1 oz. pours or food

Additional Tasting Tickets (food or wine):

$1 each

Location: Depot Parking Lot, Galena Illinois

Along the Galena River

Closed for Family Event June 9th

We will be closed Saturday June 9th for a family event. We will resume normal business hours Sunday June 10th. Tastings can be done at our downtown Galena location.

Thank you for your understanding.

Wine’s a Bloomin’!

Warm temperaturePre-Bloom St. Pepin grapes 2018rs are bringing out new shoots bearing new fruit.  The view of the rows of vines shooting towards the sky sparks excitement for the growing season.

We always welcome customers to stroll and take a tour through the vineyard to enjoy the romance of the vine’s love affair with the sun’s rays.  The tiny bunches of grapes are so cute this time of year, barely a pinky’s length.  Each minuscule grape will soon produce a tiny flower that can hardly be seen.  Then, “fruit set” will occur.  Each grapes will start as small as a pin head and grow to maturity.

June in Northwest Illinois is filled with similarly reawakening scenes of corn fields popping up in rows, hay fields of flowering clover and forests of fully leaved trees, all showing and growing their green life and beauty.

Autumn is not the only time to see the beauty of Northern Illinois.  The next few weeks are a great opportunity, not only to visit the winery to see the blooming bunches of grapes, but to also enjoy the beautiful hills while driving through Jo Daviess County.  You will also get the chance to try some of our newly released wines.

Until then,

Cheers,

Peggy

Wine in Bloom 2018

Get your first glimpse of spring in the vineyard, join us for a wine tasting outside on the porch, stroll through the vineyard and enjoy wine and entertainment all afternoon. Entertainment by Ethan Bell Band from 2-5 pm.

Saturday, May 26th  at 11 AM – 5 PM
8837 S Massbach Rd, Elizabeth, Illinois 61028

Reservations

Event reservations
  • Please enter a value between 1 and 50.
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Wine Lovers Weekend 2018

FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018 5:30-8pm

SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2018                1-3:30pm & 5:30-8pm

Join us for Wine Lovers’ Weekend, one of the largest indoor wine tasting events in the state of Illinois. Located at historic Turner Hall.

Three Grand Tasting Events! This event sold out last year, so purchase your tickets as soon as possible!

Purchase Tickets Here

 

Grape Pruning=Wine Sculpting

Pruning= cutting 90% of a grapevine’s growth from last year to develop a balance between quantity and quality.

It’s SPRING!  We are outside full-time during the month of March sculpting this year’s vintage of fruit. #wineriesinspring

Watch –Peggy Pruning a Frontenac plant

If the vines are left on their own, each vine will look more like a bush with all of last year’s buds growing another shoot.  As a farmer, this sounds okay.  More growth=more yield.  BUT, the quality of fruit would be terrible.

Here are a few of the issues if the vine was left unpruned –

  • Smaller bunches
  • Too much vegitation keeps the fruit from getting sunlight
  • Too much vegitation keeps moisture from dew and rain lingering too long promoting fungal growth… yuck
  • The many, many small bunchs will not ripen before the leaves fall

TAKE HOME –   No Pruning=Exponential Mess=Poor Wine Quality

Because of our committment to high quality wine, we take great care to created a quality/quantity balance on each vine.  Yes, each vine.  More fruiting buds will be left on a vigorous plant than one that show less growht fromthe previous years.

Well, enough yacking.  I’m going outside!!

Take care friends and come out soon to see the manicured vineyard. #estatewinery

Cheers,

Peggy