What's Happening At Massbach Ridge Winery

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

Pre-Harvest Tasting

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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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

Red, White, and Blue

 

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.

 

 

Celebrating America’s Birthday!

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays: family, friends, outside games, the pool, great food-just to name a few things I look forward to. Now, what wine to crack open?

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.

Cheers,

Peggy

Corkless in Galena

 

June 24th form noon to 7 pm

Find Tickets here… www.corklessingalena.simpletix.com

  • 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.

Location: Depot Parking Lot, Galena Illinois

Along the Galena River

Wine In Bloom!

Spring has Sprung and Wine is in Bloom!
We are Celebrating Saturday with our annual Wine in Bloom Open House.
Live Music!
New Wines!
so Grab your family, Grab your friends and
Enjoy the scenery in Massbach!
See you there,
Cheers,
Peggy

Wine on the Fox

Don’t miss this opportunity to sample award-winning Illinois wines while enjoying live entertainment and delicious local fare.

Free & Open to the Public. Wine Tasting is $15 per day for a souvenir wine glass, a wristband and 5 tasting tickets. An Advanced Two-Day Pass may be purchased for $25 which includes 1 souvenir wine glass and 20 tasting tickets (10 per day).Advanced Two-Day Passes are non-refundable. Additional tasting tickets are $1 each. Must be 21 with proper identification to taste wines.

Celebrating Bud Break!

The vines are bursting with life and energy once again. The fresh green shoots are popping out showing off the tiny leaves and fruit that will soon form.

Each year in early spring, vines go through a process that leads up to this excited occasion.  As warm weather inches its way towards spring, the newly pruned vines start to “bleed”.   Water is being soaked up by the roots and starts running through the vines’ veins once again. Right where we have made a cut in the vine to control its fruit load, this semi-sweet water drips out.  As temperatures rise more during these April days, the buds on the vines start to swell.  Then the break; BUD BREAK!

We have had bud break in past years as early as the second week in April.

That is exciting to see the early growth but warrants worry for late spring frost.   In Massbach, 2017’s vintage has escaped any spring frost (knock on wood).

Come out and see the new growth for yourself!

And, Celebrate Each Day!

Peggy