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

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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


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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.


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

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.

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


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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




March means full-time pruning in Massbach but Old Man Winter wasn’t done.  This week brought pelting snow and temperatures that are making even the vines shiver.  Needless, to say, we took a few days off from pruning.

Until next week,



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Cabin Fever Wine Tasting 2018

Tired of the cold? Feeling a bit feverish for spring? We can cure that with a little hot spiced wine! Our spiced red wine is warmed to perfection and is sure to warm your body and soul.  We will have wine tasting available as well as special tastings of a few new vintages!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Time: 11 AM – 5 PM

Cost: $5



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Cold temps and the Vines?

Mother Nature has been throwing us plenty of cold temps this winter.  On top of the hill in Massbach, we have seen as low as -14F so far in 2018.  Do these cold temps affect the vines?  No…… but? read on……….

The vines we grow are rated to survive temperatures as low as -40F.  We saw lows like this back in 2014.  The several acres of Vignoles we grow do not tolerate temperatures so low but tend survive.  The truck may split and die but the roots live on.  We then start retraining the vine and look forward to the vintage two years down the road.  I think the Vignoles will be just fine this year IF all we experienced is a couple of weeks with lows at -5F .

But!?  In between the sub-zero temps the past couple of weeks, warm streaks start making us think of spring.  The vines do the same and may start relaxing, maybe start some juices flowing again. The seesaw of drastic temperatures is what may be the most harmful for the vine.

Vines in cold dormancy will sleep off the low temps until warmer temps wake the roots and they start taking in groundwater up through the vine.  If this happens and another cold streak hits, the vine is more subject to crack and split causing considerable damage to the truck.

What will we do?  Sit and wait. Stay warm. Drink some wine.  East some cheese. And be thankful for all that Mother Nature give us.



Winter Tours and Tastings

Big snowflakes fell on Dec. 11th and covered everything! I’m sure we will get many more days of snow to lighten our hearts.  But, regardless of the type of weather, we receive this winter, we will be busy working with 2017’s wines; tweaking, filtering, bottling……

The tasting room always stays open and busy through the winter too.  Come out for some wine when you get itchy to get out of the house.  We will be glad to show you around!