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.



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
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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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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.

Winners at IL Wine Competition!

2018 award winners


The IL wine competition was held at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, IL June 11-13th.  An experienced panel of judges selected top awards, double gold, gold, silver and bronze medals in both commercial and amateur divisions.  The Governor’s Cup for a Dessert wine was awarded to Massbach Ridge Winery for their sweet, fortified wine “Velvet Hour.” Other gold medal wines included Daffodil White, Vignoles and Sunrise Red.

“We are delighted that several of our favorite wines received such high accolades,” stated winemaker and owner Peggy Harmston.  “What’s the most fulfilling is that these wines were grown right here in Massbach!”

Massbach Ridge Winery is surrounded by 18 acres of vineyard near the small community of Massbach which is located 10 miles outside of Elizabeth, IL.  The winery is approaching their 16th commercial year of harvesting estate-grown grapes consisting of hybrid varieties such as Vignoles, Marechal Foch and Frontenac.

The vineyard will be producing its 2018 in the next several weeks.  The current crop of grapes will be softening soon and turning color, a process called veraison.  During the next couple of months, visitors are encouraged to view the ripening grapes and maybe even help in picking the grapes themselves.

“Harvest is one of our favorite times of the years and it is always a pleasure to share that experience with our guests.  Enjoying the wine is wonderful, but when you can understand where it all comes from, it gives you an even greater appreciation for the magic in each bottle, “ says Harmston.

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.


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,



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


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