What's Happening At Massbach Ridge Winery

Cheers to Mother Nature and New Wine!

It has been a beautiful couple of weeks.. mild weather, colorful trees, good football and

NEW WINE!  Fall vines and roses

Over 40 tons of grapes were crushed and pressed this fall to fill almost all of our tank capacity.  I LOVE IT!!!  I’m very glad to have a greater amount of wine this year to make the quality wines you have come to except and enjoy!

I am especially excited for you to taste the St. Pepin and Traumen from this vintage.  The harvest sugars might not have been as high as they have been in past years, but the flavors are full of intense fruit.

Apple cider from Rolling Hills in Lanark has just started to ferment–topping off the last of the local wines this fall.

From here, we work at fine tuning new wines that need to be bottled by Nouveau Weekend on November 21st.  Vignoles will be one among those new wines.  Many months have gone by without the “Deer” Vignoles being on the shelf. The vignoles plants did not produce a crop in 2014 due to harsh winter conditions but did produce a small crop this year.

Massbach Nouveau will also join the new wines.  A blend of Frontenac and Foch grapes, the 2015 Vintage boasts more color, substance, and flavor than previous vintages.

I hope my enthusiasm comes though in this article.   I want you to discover, if you haven’t already, that fantastic flavors that are created in the hills of Massbach.

Come out and enjoy the colors, enjoy each other and enjoy the wine!!





Bountiful Harvest!!!

Vignoles being pressedThe St. Pepin, Frontenac, Foch and Vignoles grapes are harvested and were beautiful!
Come celebrated with us this weekend!

Wine Label Contest

Massbach Ridge Winery and Apple River Fort Foundation are proud to announce a contest to design a new label for Elizabeth, a white table wine.

Award-winning Massbach Ridge Winery originally released the Elizabeth wine in 2008 to commemorate the courage of the women who helped repel Black Hawk and his band during an attack on the Apple River Fort in 1832. According to local legend, three Elizabeth where among the settlers and one of them organized the women to mold bullets and reload weapons, an action essential to victory.

Artwork deadline is April 30, 2015

Elizabeth wine, with its new label, will be unveiled at the Apple River Fort on June 20, 2015


The artist will retain ownership of the original artwork, receive a $100 honorarium, and if 21 years of age, three bottles of Elizabeth wine. The artist’s name will appear on the label.

View complete contest rules or call 815-776-0285.

2013 Winner  Sue Lyons From Stockton, IL

2013 Winner Sue Lyons From Stockton, IL

Paint ‘N Sip on the Deck

Please join us:  Sunday, July 19th at 12:00 PM

We will be painting a summer scene

$45/person, includes:

  • One glass of wine
  • Appetizers
  • One 16×20 Canvas
  • Use of brushes, and color pallets
  • Step-by-step instruction

Limited Space Available. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. To reserve your easel, please call 815-291-6700

Grapes will be turning color soon…

We are busy bottling the last of the 2014 vintages so come the end of August, tanks are ready to be filled up again with this year’s wine. The Foch is showing signs of mildew due to our wet summer, but whites look great so far….

Red, White and Blues!

Country music on the Winery porch Sun July 5th. Cheryl Niemo and the Down Home Boys will be playing from 1pm to 4pm. Bring the family out and relax with wine, views and music!

Summer is here?!?

Vines at the 1st of JuneThe vines are flourishing with these warm temperatures that have finally arrived. The shoots will soon be reaching for the ground painting the perfect picture.


Wine in Bloom Open House from 11am to 5pm will feature structured vineyard and winery tours. I’m thrilled Mike Kelly with be playing for us on the patio while you sip on your favorite wine.
See you then,

Vines are taking off!

The 2015 Vintage is underway, growing from buds into fruitful shoots.  Each warm day adds length to the tiny shoots.  Soon, the shoots will bend down and be almost touching the ground.  The view is pretty to see while enjoying a glass of wine on our new patio.

The other news for the week is Watermelon wine in on the shelf!

See you soon!