Thanks for a Great Year!

Thank you everyone for a great year! It was an unusual year, but we appreciated all the love for our drive-thrus and the continued support throughout the season.

Don’t forget you can purchase our wine at local retailers and we will see you next year!

 

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard produces many wines using fruit from their orchard, and a hard cider. Visitors can enjoy complimentary wine tasting, sample local cheeses and chocolates, relax on the outdoor patio, or peruse the gift shop. Starting in May you can enjoy the beautiful sights of blooming apple trees, flowers and an abundance of wildlife. In July you can purchase fresh blueberries or pick your own. During the fall season, apples and pumpkins can be purchased or you can pick your own, enjoy wagon rides and a free corn maze.

Home Is Where the Wine Is – As seen in Volume One

Home Is Where the Wine Is – As seen in Volume One

Co-owner Jean McIlquham chatted with VolumeOne about wine drinking during quarantine. Read more below!

As seen in Volume One

Erica Jones’ go-to wine is rosé – especially a crisp, semi-dry rosé with hints of raspberries and melon. While some of her favorite wines are Boogaloo from Dancing Dragonfly Winery, chardonnay, or perhaps even a lighter merlot, Jones finds joy in the happy in-between of a “deliciously pink rosé.”

Jones, a culinary student at Chippewa Valley Technical College, is just one of many locals who found herself enjoying wine during the challenges of isolating in place during recent months. And Wisconsinites haven’t been alone: During the nine-week period that ended May 2, for example, wine sales rose 30% nationwide, according to Nielsen, a global measurement and data analytics company.
For good reason, too. Snagging a glass of wine is a perfect way to kick back and relax – something many folks are finding is more necessary than ever during a time of global chaos and uncertainty.

“As the weather warms up,” Heather Rigby, a local media consultant, said, “I look forward to having a glass on the deck and listening to the birds in the trees at the edge of the property during the evening and getting lost in thoughts or reading a book. Otherwise, I’m fond of breaking out some olives, crackers, and cheese alongside the cribbage board with my spouse while we talk about whatever comes to mind.”

Rigby said she enjoys a variety of wines, such as a pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc. La Crescent from River Bend in Chippewa Falls is a favorite of hers; she likes to support local wineries – whether or not there’s a pandemic.

What wines are popular among local wineries, you ask?

“Any wine you can get your hands on!” said Jean McIlquham of Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard in Chippewa Falls. “Joking aside, we just released our new Pomegranate Zinfandel ‘Grateful Red,’ and people are loving it. It’s fruity and a little sweet and best served chilled.”

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard offers quite a variety of wines, according to McIlquham, including full-bodied drier reds, fruity red blends, crisp and dry whites, and everything in between.

Donna Sachs, owner of River Bend Winery & Distillery in Chippewa Falls, found the same trend when it comes to wine consumers: All wine is good wine.

“That being said, I do think the average consumer is being careful with their spending,” Sachs said, “and luxury wine brands – with bottle prices at or above $25 per bottle – are probably suffering.”

Out of all the wine brands available to consumers, most people choose their favorite brands, Sachs said.

“There probably isn’t a lot of experimenting going on,” Sachs said. “I think people are buying what they know.”

Or, as Jones says, what they love. Her best tip is to “drink what you love” – and not the kind of wine that makes you look like some kind of fancy wine connoisseur because you may find you don’t like that kind of wine.

But, that’s no reason to not try a new kind. If it’s not to your taste, you can always do what Rigby recommends: turn it into a pasta sauce, stew, or sorbet with fresh fruit.

Thank You for Voting us One of the Best in the Chippewa Valley!

Thank You for Voting us One of the Best in the Chippewa Valley!

 

Thank You for Voting us One of the Best in the Chippewa Valley!

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard is proud to once again have been voted one of the Best Winemakers and Best Wine Selections the Chippewa Valley, in Volume One’s Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll!

Autumn Harvest has been voted one of the Best Winemakers in the poll since 2012 when the category was introduced. Thank you to everyone who voted for us and supported us. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard produces many wines using fruit from their orchard, and a hard cider. Visitors can enjoy complimentary wine tasting, sample local cheeses and chocolates, relax on the outdoor patio, or peruse the gift shop. Starting in May you can enjoy the beautiful sights of blooming apple trees, flowers and an abundance of wildlife. In July you can purchase fresh blueberries or pick your own. During the fall season, apples and pumpkins can be purchased or you can pick your own, enjoy wagon rides and a free corn maze.

Autumn Harvest Nominated in Best of the Chippewa Valley

Autumn Harvest Nominated in Best of the Chippewa Valley

It’s voting time!

We’re proud to have been nominated in FOUR categories in Volume One’s Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll! Thank you for your support year over year. We appreciate your votes!

Best Wine Selection: https://volumeone.org/bestof/324/questions/9507_best_wine_selection
Best Winemaker: https://volumeone.org/bestof/324/questions/9500_best_winemaker
Best Free Entertainment Option: https://volumeone.org/bestof/324/questions/9520_best_free_entertainment_option
Best Tour/Tourist Attraction: https://volumeone.org/bestof/324/questions/9560_best_tour_tourist_attraction

 

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard produces many wines using fruit from their orchard, and a hard cider. Visitors can enjoy complimentary wine tasting, sample local cheeses and chocolates, relax on the outdoor patio, or peruse the gift shop. Starting in May you can enjoy the beautiful sights of blooming apple trees, flowers and an abundance of wildlife. In July you can purchase fresh blueberries or pick your own. During the fall season, apples and pumpkins can be purchased or you can pick your own, enjoy wagon rides and a free corn maze.

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard included in Travel Wisconsin Article

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard included in Travel Wisconsin Article

Autumn Harvest Winery was included in the Travel Wisconsin article “Why your next getaway should be charming Chippewa Falls.” The article suggests places for lunch spots, fall color viewing, a good beer and a nice wine. We are honored to be mentioned along some other great Chippewa Falls businesses.

Read the full article here

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard produces many wines using fruit from their orchard, and a hard cider. Visitors can enjoy complimentary wine tasting, sample local cheeses and chocolates, relax on the outdoor patio, or peruse the gift shop. Starting in May you can enjoy the beautiful sights of blooming apple trees, flowers and an abundance of wildlife. In July you can purchase fresh blueberries or pick your own. During the fall season, apples and pumpkins can be purchased or you can pick your own, enjoy wagon rides and a free corn maze.

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard Part of the CV Restaurant Week Event – As Seen on WEAU

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard Part of the CV Restaurant Week Event – As Seen on WEAU

The Fabulous Fall Colors Farm and Food Tour will take place on Saturday, September 28 as the conclusion of the Chippewa Valley Restaurant Week. The tour will travel to various farms around the Chippewa Valley, including Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard. Autumn Harvest owner, Jean McIlquham, discussed more about this event on WEAU 13 News.

Watch the coverage here: https://www.weau.com/video?vid=561259182

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard produces many wines using fruit from their orchard, and a hard cider. Visitors can enjoy complimentary wine tasting, sample local cheeses and chocolates, relax on the outdoor patio, or peruse the gift shop. Starting in May you can enjoy the beautiful sights of blooming apple trees, flowers and an abundance of wildlife. In July you can purchase fresh blueberries or pick your own. During the fall season, apples and pumpkins can be purchased or you can pick your own, enjoy wagon rides and a free corn maze.

Autumn Harvest Winery One of the Best Things to Do in Chippewa Falls – As Seen on VacationIdea.com

Autumn Harvest Winery One of the Best Things to Do in Chippewa Falls – As Seen on VacationIdea.com

Chippewa Falls flourishes in the summertime with festivals and outdoor activities galore! Autumn Harvest Winery is honored to be included in VacationIdea’s article, “8 Best Things to Do in Chippewa Falls, WI.”

Read the article here!

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard produces many wines using fruit from their orchard, and a hard cider. Visitors can enjoy complimentary wine tasting, sample local cheeses and chocolates, relax on the outdoor patio, or peruse the gift shop. Starting in May you can enjoy the beautiful sights of blooming apple trees, flowers and an abundance of wildlife. In July you can purchase fresh blueberries or pick your own. During the fall season, apples and pumpkins can be purchased or you can pick your own, enjoy wagon rides and a free corn maze.

We were voted one of the Best in the Chippewa Valley!

We were voted one of the Best in the Chippewa Valley!

Thank you so much for voting Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard for TWO categories in the Volume One Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll! We are humbled be voted one of the best winemaker and one of the best wine selections. Since 1924, Autumn Harvest has been dedicated to creating delicious wines and family memories. However, none of this would be possible without YOU! Thank you for loving our wine, as much as we love YOUR support!

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard produces many wines using fruit from their orchard, and a hard cider. Visitors can enjoy complimentary wine tasting, sample local cheeses and chocolates, relax on the outdoor patio, or peruse the gift shop. Starting in May you can enjoy the beautiful sights of blooming apple trees, flowers and an abundance of wildlife. In July you can purchase fresh blueberries or pick your own. During the fall season, apples and pumpkins can be purchased or you can pick your own, enjoy wagon rides and a free corn maze.

We’re nominated as Best of the Chippewa Valley!

We’re nominated as Best of the Chippewa Valley!

It’s that time of year again! We’re proud to have been nominated for FOUR categories in the Volume One Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll, and would appreciate your votes! Voting runs through December 11!

Best Winemaker: https://volumeone.org/bestof/259/questions/7903_best_winemaker

Best Wine Selection: https://volumeone.org/bestof/259/questions/7910_best_wine_selection

Best Free Entertainment Option: https://volumeone.org/bestof/259/questions/7923_best_free_entertainment_option

Best Tourist Attraction: https://volumeone.org/bestof/259/questions/7963_best_tour_tourist_attraction

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard produces many wines using fruit from their orchard, and a hard cider. Visitors can enjoy complimentary wine tasting, sample local cheeses and chocolates, relax on the outdoor patio, or peruse the gift shop. Starting in May you can enjoy the beautiful sights of blooming apple trees, flowers and an abundance of wildlife. In July you can purchase fresh blueberries or pick your own. During the fall season, apples and pumpkins can be purchased or you can pick your own, enjoy wagon rides and a free corn maze.