Travelers follow Jo Daviess County's sprawling fields and undulating hills toward Massbach Ridge Winery?s 18+ acre estate. Founded by the Harmston family in 2003, the winery?s proprietors grow the grapes to concoct their batches of reds and whites. Members of the winery family escort guests on impromptu tours before rendezvousing in the tasting room or on the patio for samplings. The outdoor patio grants a heightened view of the vineyards below, which visitors can wander through on quests for vine-ripe copies of The Grapes of Wrath. In addition to its frequent tastings and tour sessions, Massbach Ridge Winery hosts a number of wine-related events each year.
A shared dream of Cheryl Hailey and her late husband, Jim, Hailey's Winery began as a mere half acre of grapes planted at the couple's home. The adventure started with homemade wines?specifically, four varietals the Haileys crafted and shared with their friends. What began as a family affair has become a team of women working together to share our labor of love. Now Hailey's Winery is female-owned and producing handcrafted varietals that number a dozen. At the tasting room, visitors can sip samples of the semi-sweet Rocking Chair Red, the dry Timeless White, or the Road Trip Red, which pairs well with meats and books by Kerouac.
Anamosa's Daly Creek Winery and Bistro has tasty eats and creative beverages.
Low-fat fare is not available here, so leave some room in your diet.
Be sure to complete your meal at Daly Creek Winery and Bistro with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Daly Creek Winery and Bistro's beautiful outdoor seating area.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Daly Creek Winery and Bistro, known for its laid-back ambience.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Daly Creek Winery and Bistro offers catering.
Drive to lunch or dinner at Daly Creek Winery and Bistro and find easy parking in a lot close by or on the street.
Meals at Daly Creek Winery and Bistro are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person.
Paying with your major credit card is one payment option at Daly Creek Winery and Bistro.
Situated inside a renovated historical building, Northleaf Winery pays tribute to the location?s agricultural past while bottling more than a dozen wines. Fragrant samples of peppery zinfandel and floral pinot grigio are poured at the wooden tasting bar, which hosts open tastings and private pairings of wine and artisanal chocolates or cheese. Next door, the bistro and market stocks a tempting selection of Wisconsin cheeses and party trays, along with fresh salads and build-your-own grilled sandwiches with included blueprints.
Each day, as the sun rises over the Illinois River Valley, light spills across Kickapoo Creek Winery's 14 acres of vineyards. Dr. David Conner originally began planting these vines in 2001. Now joined by his son, Rory, Dr. Connor creates rich, fruit-forward wines using locally sourced grapes in addition to the family's own grape harvests. Each wine brings its own melange of flavors and aromas, whether it's the tropical and citrus notes of the vignoles-seyval blanc blend or the norton's subtle spice and hints of ripe plum. The Connor family also makes wines infused with the luscious fruit flavors of everything from cranberries to peaches; and the selection of dessert wines includes bottles infused with chocolate.
Although the tasting room's samples lure many visitors, Kickapoo Creek Winery also provides guests with opportunities to explore its picturesque grounds. Walking trails can guide visitors past rows of trellised grapevines, a bubbling fountain, and even a bridge overlooking Lake Elizabeth. The grounds also include a handful of places for guests to stop and rest for a spell, such as the partially shaded Ruby Glow Garden with its miniature waterfall of grape juice.
Stone Cliff Winery sits in the fertile hills of eastern Iowa, near Dubuque. It's where the winery's owner, Nan Smith, grew up, and the place where she and her husband decided to buy a farm and raise their daughters. But their original thoughts of conventional farming turned to winemaking; so in 1996, they planted their first 2,000 grapevines on the property, and the winery has been thriving ever since.
Today, the Smiths and their team craft wines ranging from classic cabernet sauvignon to a fruity apple-cranberry wine. Customers can even adorn the bottles with personalized labels to commemorate a special occasion. And patrons don't have to climb Dubuque's hills to sample the winery's vintages?they can visit the tasting room in the historical Star brewery building, on the banks of the Mississippi River.