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 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?
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,
Spring has Sprung and Wine is in Bloom!
We are Celebrating Saturday with our annual Wine in Bloom Open House.
so Grab your family, Grab your friends and
Enjoy the scenery in Massbach!
See you there,
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.
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!
Happy Spring to everyone!!! Pruning is done and the weather is warm so we are smiles:)
FYI: We will be closed Easter Sunday so that we may enjoy the holiday with our families.
Elizabeth White will have a new label displayed soon. The art contest produced a figure that makes you appreciate and contemplate the past and appreciate our current blessings. The wine is the new 2016 vintage and a little lighter than the previous year. It’s refreshingly sweet and fruity.
Seyval: the new 2016 vintage has been bottled and is on the shelf. I’m very happy with this wine. I recommend it with the white meats you will be putting on the grill or just to sip on the porch to celebrate the day.
Hope to see you soon,
Join us Saturday, April 8th at 1pm to plant tasty herbs while sipping wine. Project images and cost to be added soon!