What's Happening At Massbach Ridge Winery

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ALL OF US AT MASSBACH RIDGE WINERY!

Blessings to you and yours during this festive season!

Thank you for enjoying Massbach wines and the wonderful times throughout the year.  We look forward to the year to come.

Cheers,

Peggy, Megan, Travis, Teresa, Nick and Nancy

Holiday Wine & Cheer!

We invite you out to Massbach Ridge to partake in holiday cheer.

Please join us on Saturday, December 16 to sit around the fire and enjoy Christmas carols with wine.  Mike Kelly and Mr. Ed will be entertaining from 1pm to 4pm.

We hope to see you personally to tell you Merry Christmas!

If you can’t make it out, we will be shipping on Dec. 4th, 11th, and 18th and would love to send you some cheer!Family by Fire

Massbach Nouveau 2017

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.

What is Nouveau Wine?

November 17th-19th around the world will be celebrating 2017’s new wine.

The French tradition is an early indicator of the quality of wine of this year’s vintage.

Nouveau wine is traditional made without crushing or pressing the grapes until the fermentation is complete inside the grape itself.  A process called Carbonic Masceration.

A wild fruit and elderberry flavor resulted in the past when I followed these protocols.  I didn’t like it.

So instead , the Massbach Nouveau represents the “free run” of Marquette and Foch grapes.  The light pressing of the new grapes.

Enjoy our Nouveau wine that is light and and has magnificscent cranberry flavors.!

Peggy

Time to be Thankful

With November in full swing, I cannot help but to be very thankful for a bountiful harvest; the wonderful people that help us picked and everyone that is a fan of Massbach wines.

If you were out here this fall you may have seen our new addition shown in the picture.

“Red” joined the Massbach Winery family this year and proves that everyone gets tired during a long day of harvest – even puppies.

Now, let’s talk wine!  New wines are settling in the tanks and barrels.  We are getting a couple ready to bottle very soon.

Massbach Nouveau will be release November 17th- the traditional Nouveau weekend.

This is the second year I’ve used some Marquette grapes with Marechal Foch for the young wine.  The wine has a beautiful rose’ color and has prominent cranberry aromas and flavors.

The second wine we are readying to bottle is a new batch of Massbach Reserve.  After over a year in oak barrels, the Frontenac wine shows off chocolate and berry notes.

Join us for Nouveau weekend November 17th-19th to sample these and other estate wines.

See you soon,

Peggy

This next week will be THE peak time for viewing the fall colors!

I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR!
Harvest is over and I enjoy working with the new wines but even more….
I love the fall temperatures and beautiful timbers!
Take a drive and see for yourself. Stop at Massbach or downtown Galena for a glass of wine and savor the beauty.
Cheers,

Peggy

Vintage Illinois Wine Festival

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!!

815-291-6700

 

Harvest is Here!!

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,

Peggy

Music in the Vineyard

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!

Veraison is here!

What does veraison mean?

The grapes are turning color – from green to purple in the red varieties such as Foch and Frontenac.  In the white varieties such as St. Pepin and Vignoles, the berries are starting to soften.

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,

Peggy