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Wine Label Contest

March 1, 2017 @ 8:00 am - March 31, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

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 Apple River Fort in 1832. According to local legend, three Elizabeths were among the settlers, and one of them organized the women to mold bullets and reload weapons, actions essential to victory.

Elizabeth wine, with its new label, will be unveiled at Apple River Fort at a special event last spring. The artist will retain ownership of the original artwork, and receive a $100 honorarium and, if 21 years of age, three bottles of Elizabeth wine.  Massbach Ridge Winery and Apple River Fort Foundation will have the right to use the artwork to produce wine labels and wine label posters, and to promote events.

When designing the image for the label, the following should be taken into consideration:
1. The image should not include any information about the wine. The winery’s graphic designer
will use the image to create the final label and add any necessary written information.
2. The image should have strong appeal to the wine shopper.
3. The wine is a soft, fruity wine made from Niagra grapes.
4. The image should evoke the era of the 1830’s in the Tri-State region. For pictures of clothing
and activities authentic to the period Visit the fort’s website
5. The image should celebrate the strength and courage of pioneer women in the Tri-State region
in general, and in particular, the women who helped defend the fort against Black Hawk.
6. The image should not include Black Hawk, as he is honored with his portrait on the label of
Massbach Ridge Winery’s Black Hawk Red.
7. The image will be reduced to label-size – approximately 4 inches high and 3 inches wide.


There is no fee to enter, and the contest is open to all artists, 18 years or older, living or attending school in Jo Daviess, Stephenson or Carroll County, Illinois; Grant County, Wisconsin; or Dubuque County, Iowa. There is no limit to the number of submissions. Full color paintings, in any medium, and full color photographs will be accepted until March 31, 2017. All work will be juried from the actual art. The work must be delivered to and picked up from Apple River Fort. The front of the picture cannot have visible identification. The picture must have the name, address, and phone number of the applicant on the back. The picture must be accompanied by an application, which can be filled out when the picture is dropped off. The painting or photograph cannot have been used to promote any other product, and cannot be used in the future to promote any other product.

For more information, or for an application, please contact Kathleen Morgan at or call Apple River Fort at (815)858-0228

Applications also available at Massbach Ridge Winery.

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March 1, 2017 @ 8:00 am
March 31, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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