What's Happening At Massbach Ridge Winery

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!


Ready for Spring!

Pruning finished in Massbach on April 1st! A toast and celebration to the 2015 vintage. Pruning may be the most important job in the vineyard. We are cutting off most of last years growth shaping the vine for this years fruit. Depending on the indiviual plant’s vigor, we may take more or less. Unlike most crops in our area, more is note necessarily better. A grapevine needs to have a balance of quanitiy and QUALITY! This is why pruning is a very important time and labor intensive time of year. Until we see you again, Cheers!