What's Happening At Massbach Ridge Winery

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

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

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