New Chippewa Valley Craft Beverage Trail Begins First Season

A group of local wineries, breweries, and distilleries have come together to release the  Chippewa Valley Craft Beverage Trail Guide, a new way to highlight the collaboration between local wine, beer, and spirits makers.

The group’s goal is to make the craft beverage producers of the Chippewa Valley a must stop destination for both visitors and residents. Participating locations include Autumn Harvest Winery, Infinity Beverages Winery and Distillery, Leinenkugel’s Brewery, River Bend Winery and Distillery, Lazy Monk Brewery, Brewster Brothers Brewery, Northwoods Brewpub, and O’Neil Creek Winery.

“We’re happy to work together to expand our offerings to both local craft beverage connoisseurs and tourists,” said Jean McIlquham, co-owner of Autumn Harvest Winery.

During the summer months, guides can be found at any of the participating locations. When patrons stop at any location on the trail and spend $5 on a beverage, they will get a stamp. Once all of the stamps are filled, they will get a certificate to use at any location and be entered to win a grand prize from Cody Limousines.

They plan to hold two events annually, one in August and one in May (starting in August 2018) where attendees will have the option to visit each location and experience a special pairing. The group hopes these events will provide further insight into the craft beverage industry and provide consumers with an experience.

Autumn Harvest Winery Founding Member of Chippewa Valley Craft Beverage Trail

Autumn Harvest Winery Founding Member of Chippewa Valley Craft Beverage Trail

Autumn Harvest Winery, in partnership with Infinity Beverages Winery and Distillery, Leinenkugel’s Brewery, River Bend Winery and Distillery, Autumn Harvest Winery, Lazy Monk Brewery, Brewster Brothers Brewery, Northwoods Brewpub, and O’Neil Creek Winery is pleased to announce the formation of the Chippewa Valley Craft Beverage Trail.

This group of local brewers, winemakers, and distillers came together with the hopes to expand their offerings to the community of wine, beer, and spirit enthusiasts both locally and beyond.  Together they will be releasing a trail guide just in time for the summer months. This trail guide highlights a collaboration between local craft beverage producers to enhance the experience of locals and visitors alike through providing experiences focused on the Chippewa Valley’s locally made wines, beers, and spirits.  It will be a great way to go out and experience each location.

Our goal is to make the craft beverage producers of the Chippewa Valley a must stop destination for both visitors and residents in the area. The group plans to hold two events annually, one in August and one in May (starting in August 2018) where attendees will have the option to visit each location and experience for a special pairing. The group hopes these events will provide further insight into the craft beverage industry and provide consumers with an experience.

This team effort to bring awareness and insight into the booming craft beverage industry in the Chippewa Valley is just the first step towards making the area a must stop for craft beverage enthusiasts.

Read more about the Trail on this website: https://www.chippewavalleytrailguide.com/

The Finest on the Vine – As seen in VolumeOne

The Finest on the Vine – As seen in VolumeOne

Autumn Harvest Winery is proud to be featured as one of the best wineries in the Chippewa Valley in Volume One.

As seen in Volume One:

Whether you’re a wine expert or more of a novice, each of these winemakers are sure to have something you’ll be interested in. These wineries were voted the Best of the Chippewa Valley in Volume One’s 2018 reader poll for a reason. With a variety of wines unique to each location, there’s a wide assortment to choose from.

River Bend’s array of white and red wines is extensive, but their assortment of dessert and sparkling wines add a fun, unexpected touch to their menu. Autumn Harvest’s 13 fruity wines are made with apples from their own orchard, but they also feature a hard apple cider on tap. Finally, Infinity Beverages’ selection of both wines and spirits unique to them provides options for those who are looking for something extraordinary.

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2. Autumn Harvest Winery & Orchard

Using apples from their orchard mixed with grapes, whole fruit, and fruit juices, Autumn Harvest (19947 County Highway J, Chippewa Falls) makes light, crisp wines in 300 gallon batches. Since their opening in 2004, their list has grown from six to 13 wines. Visits to Autumn Harvest include a free wine tasting. In addition to wine, they offer “Grampa Mac’s hard apple cider” on tap. Several wines and the hard apple cider are only available in Autumn Harvest’s tasting room, and cannot be bought in stores. Autumn Harvest also hosts live music performances periodically throughout the season. Open May through October. To learn more, visit autumnharvestwinery.com.

Autumn Harvest Winery & Orchard mentioned in StyleBlueprint’s “48 Hours in Eau Claire, WI”

Autumn Harvest Winery & Orchard mentioned in StyleBlueprint’s “48 Hours in Eau Claire, WI”

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard is proud to have been mentioned on StyleBlueprint.com’s “48 Hours in Eau Claire, WI

12:30 p.m. — Autumn Harvest Winery & Orchard 

There are few better ways to spend an afternoon than exploring a Wisconsin winery and orchard. Located less than 30 minutes from Downtown, Autumn Harvest Winery & Orchard is located in the heart of apple orchard country in Chippewa Valley. Between May and August, take a tour of the blooming apple trees, and at the end of the summer, pick some of your own. During the month of July, the blueberry patch is open to pickers. Year-round, you can visit the tasting room to sample wines with owners Chad and Jean (Beej) McIlquham. The Northern Lights Riesling is the best seller of the group, but all are worth trying.

During the peak season, there is often live music. Either pack a picnic with snacks from Just Local Food Co-op or grab snacks at the winery and orchard for a make-shift lunch.

Check out the full 48-hour Eau Claire Itinerary in the full article https://styleblueprint.com/everyday/48-hours-in-eau-claire-wi/

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard mentioned in Outdoor Families Magazine

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard is proud to have been mentioned in Outdoor Families Magazine’s article: 40+ Things To Do In Eau Claire : A Wisconsin Family Vacation Guide.

“On my last day in Eau Claire, I sample fruit wines and pick honeycrisp apples at Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard. Leaves are just starting to turn and the air is sweet with the aroma of apples. The corn maze rustles in the wind as Chad and Jean McIlquham share how they got into the business. Like many people from around here, they moved away for school, then came back for the quality of life and started new (dream) careers. They admit that it’s been hard work, but look happy. What they don’t tell me is how many award winning wines they’ve produced. “Passionate, not pretentious” comes to mind again.”

Read full article: http://www.outdoorfamiliesonline.com/40-things-eau-claire-wisconsin-family-vacation-guide/

Autumn Harvest Winery mentioned on Trips to Discover

Autumn Harvest Winery mentioned on Trips to Discover

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard was mentioned as one of the “11 Best Wisconsin Weekend Getaways” on Trips to Discover! We were honored to be named such a great company.

“Wisconsin is an outdoor lover’s playground for people all across the Midwest. Chicagoans regularly make the trek up north to experience small-town life and big-time outdoor adventure. Weekends in Wisconsin are a way of life for Midwesterners, with plenty of boating, rock climbing, quirky roadside attractions, and delicious cheese to keep you coming back year after year. To help you plan your next trip, these are our top 11 picks for a weekend getaway destination in Wisconsin.

Chippewa Valley
Craft beer and wine lovers love traveling to the Chippewa Valley for the weekend. This is where the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, the River Bend Vineyard & Winery, and the Autumn Harvest Winery & Orchard are located. It’s also fun to bike the Chippewa River Trail and check out Irvine Park to get outdoors and active here.”

Autumn Harvest Voted One of the Best Winemakers and Wine Selections in the Chippewa Valley!

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard is proud to once again have been voted one of the Best Winemakers in the Chippewa Valley, and was also voted one of the 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.

 

July 21 – Live Music With Randy Adams

Join us for an afternoon of live music by Randy Adams from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. We will have wine, cheese and snacks available for purchase, so come, relax and enjoy.

Feel free to bring a chair for this outdoor event. The event will be moved indoors in the case of rain.

No beverage carry-in allowed.

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.

July 22, 2018 – Live Music with Yata, Sinz, Orfield with Ellen Whyte

Join us Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for live music with Yata, Sinz, Orfield with Ellen Whyte!

Yata, Sinz and Orfield are joined by Grammy award nominee Ellen Whyte on tour from Oregon.  This group brings an unexpected and masterful mashup of blues, folk and swing jazz with vocals, guitars and tenor sax.  Combined, these veteran musicians have won music awards in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Oregon and Washington.  A special chemistry moves as they combine their songwriting and performing skills, presenting a musically powerful and entertaining performance.  They bring humor, and pathos to their show with musical expertise and passion.

Last year, Sue Orfield (saxophone), Randy Sinz (bass) and Yata (guitar) released their first CD, Dancing in the Light, with 12 beautiful, original songs. Grammy award nominee, Ellen Whyte (guitar) joins in with her own amazing blues songs, and in this band, everyone can sing.

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.

July 28 – Live Music with Jerry Teclaw

Join us for an afternoon of live music by Jerry Teclaw from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. We will have wine, cheese and snacks available for purchase, so come, relax and enjoy.

Feel free to bring a chair for this outdoor event. The event will be moved indoors in the case of rain.

No beverage carry-in allowed.

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.