Celebrate the new estate-grown wine that has been artfully produced for you this summer! Join us for the 1st release of the 2017 vintage and tours of the winery. Get ready for a great experience! Events, pairings, and tastings throughout Jo-Daviess county.
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.
- Music from 1-4 pm by Steve Mcintyre
Join us at the Vintage Illinois Wine Festival is located in a flat grassy area at Matthiessen State Park(formerly at Starved Rock), and will happen, rain or shine! It is best to wear sunscreen. We encourage you to bring blankets and lawn chairs to guarantee your seat. There will be plenty of great foods and beverages available for sale at the festival. You may bring food into the festival to enjoy; however, grilling is only allowed in the parking lot. Costs for this event will be $20 for wine tasters; $5 for designated drivers and patrons over 5 years of age.
If you are already a fan of Massbach wine give us a call and we would be happy to bring your favorite wine with us on the day of the event!!
The most fun time of the year! And the busiest. The grapes have turned color and softened up. They are getting sweeter as I write this. And it’s time for the harvest to commence.
The aromas are spectacular as you walk through the vineyard. If you haven’t experienced it before, you have to come out during the first few weeks of September before all the grapes are picked. It’s an experience you don’t want to miss.
And of the course, the aromas throughout the winery smell of fermentation and new wine!
Marechal Foch is always the first grape to get picked in the Massbach vineyard. But before we finish with the many acres of Foch, we may move to my favorite grape, St. Pepin. St. Pepin takes priority for prime picking time. Next comes Vignoles, Frontenac and Concord.
Please join us soon to enjoy this harvest season and local wine!
Thank you friends,
Join us at the winery to see the vineyards in full fruited beauty!!
- Wagon rides
- Live Entertainment
- Light snacks
- Fresh grapes
Join us for a relaxing afternoon on the patio. Music with Mike Kelly and Mr. Ed from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Wine by the glass, bottle, or sangria by the pitcher!
What does veraison mean?
This means harvest is getting closer. 🙂
August 1st is typically the date for veraison and this year is no different. We can now be confident in making our harvest schedule starting on August 26th.
If you are interested in helping pick grapes, please call Megan or myself at 815-291-6700. It is a fun, exciting time!
All the best to you,
Celebrate with us this 4th of July with a glass on the deck. Music from 1pm-4pm Wine tasting from 11am-5pm with tours throughout the afternoon.
My first suggestion is to get the Cool Breeze and Daffodil White on ice. Either one will be perfect poolside. Chill a pouch of Cool Breeze or Stomp for the river/lake (no glass). Daffodil will pair wonderfully with the weekends’ desserts. My favorite is ice cream topped with wild black raspberries.
My next suggestion is Watermelon wine. Pour a chilled glass and drop a piece of watermelon into your glass. A strawberry works too in creating a perfect summer scene.
Lastly, what to sit with the burgers and brats? While I’m partial to the oak-aged Massbach Reserve, Marechal Foch will better suit the summer heat. Slightly chill the dry light red and enjoy the barbecue.
As always, we will be open every day through the long holiday weekend- 11 to 5. (Yes, even in the 4th.)
Live music will be on the winery patio Saturday July 1st.
Happy 4th of July!
Enjoy your loved ones and join me in appreciating the country we are blessed to live in.
June 24th form noon to 7 pm
Find Tickets here… www.corklessingalena.simpletix.com
- 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.
Location: Depot Parking Lot, Galena Illinois
Along the Galena River