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.

 

May 18th – Live Music with Songa

Join us Saturday, May 18th from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. for live music with Songa!

Meet Songa, an acoustic duo featuring Mario and Sherry Friedel, rooted in the Nashville songwriting tradition, producing original Latin and contemporary Americana music. In Songa, you will hear the eclectic American influences of jazz, blues, Latino, folk and bluegrass, instrumentally woven together with acoustic guitars, ukulele, percussion, harmonica, and prominent vocal harmonies.

As a former member of White Duck and an artist with Universal Records, Mario performed, recorded with or opened for musical greats, including John Hiatt, Jimmy Buffet, Neil Diamond, and the Allman Brothers. He currently collaborates with fellow Wisconsin musicians Howard Guitar Luedke, Janet Planet and Tom Washatka, and Nashville singer/songwriter Keith Duke. He has had big band arrangements of his compositions performed by the Water City Jazz Orchestra, the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band, and the Ripon College Jazz Ensemble.

In addition to performing in Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville and Chicago, Sherry, a vocal music educator, and church music director, has co-produced and published original children’s music and Wisconsin social studies curriculum (Wisconsin Integrated Student Creations). These songs have been utilized in over 2,000 classrooms in the State of Wisconsin. She was co-writer with Mario on a Christian cd entitled The Gift, and they have had original music published in the Unity Church Songbook, Kansas City, Missouri.

In Western Wisconsin, Songa has performed at the Eau Claire Jazz Fest, The Acoustic Café, The Local Store/Volume One, Vino Cappuccino and the Chippewa River Distillery. They are performers on the Flambeau Valley Arts Association Concert Series in 2019.

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.

 

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.

How to Taste Wine Like a Pro

Five Simple Steps

It’s Local Wine Week! We’re celebrating by sharing our wine tasting insights with you. A good friend and a bottle of wine isn’t all you need for a successful wine tasting. Learn how to tastewine like a professional with these five simple steps!

1. Cleanse Your Palate

Is important to have a clean palate while wine tasting to ensure an accurate taste of the wine. You can do this by eating the crackers provided or wine tasting on a relatively empty stomach. Once your palate is clean, pick your wine preference.

2. Glass Etiquette 

Something you may not consider is the size of the glass that you’re using. A large wine glass with a small amount of wine is ideal when wine tasting. Once the small amount of wine is poured, swirl it around to oxygenate the wine. Oxygenating the wine activates the true flavor of the wine.

3. Wake Up Your Senses 

Now that you’ve woken up the wine’s senses, smelling the wine far away and then up close wakes up your senses. Your sense of smell then anticipates the taste of the wine. Take time to look at the color of the wine. The color can give you more detail like how old the wine is. If you’re drinking a red wine, they tend to lose color as they age. White wines are vise versa, gaining a richer color as they age.

4. Taste Test 

It’s time to taste! Take a small sip and swirl it around your mouth. This gives all your tastebuds a chance to pick up any particular tastes that the wine offers. Allow time to enjoy the wine finish, which is the after taste that the wine offers. It’s an important part to the taste test!

5. Repeat & Enjoy

Once you’ve enjoyed your first sample, cleanse your palate and move onto the next!

Wine tasting is a fun way to visit with friends and family while tasting good wines. Enjoy complementary wine tastings are available in our tasting room Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.!

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.

 

Celebrating Local Wine Week on WEAU

It’s Local Wine Week! This morning on WEAU co-owner, Chad McIlquham, shared his insights on wine tasting. A clean palate isn’t all you need to enjoy your favorite types of wine. Learn how to taste wine like a professional!

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.

Celebrity Art Gala – Fan Favorite Winner!

 

Our own Jean McIlquham, co-owner of Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard received the Fan Favorite Award at the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire Celebrity Art Gala on October 5th hosted at the Lismore Hotel. Her piece raised $1,900 for the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire and was purchased by Northwestern Bank.

Jean would like to thank her supporters, especially Jerry at Northwestern Bank and Jeff at Regis Court Dental Associates for their awesome bidding war!

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.

7th Annual Celebrity Art Gala – As Seen on WEAU

 

Featured on WEAU this week was an introduction to the upcoming 7th Annual Celebrity Art Gala hosted at the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire, where our own, Jean McIlquham, is being featured as a celebrity artist this year!

The event will take place on Thursday, October 5th from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM hosted at The Lismore.  Presented at the event will be a live auction, featuring one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces from local celebrities!

Celebrity Artists:
Dr. Rima DeFatta (DeFatta ENT)
Jean McIlquham (Autumn Harvest Winery + Orchard)
Catherine Emmanuelle (Eau Claire City Council)
Wes Escondo (Big Brothers Big Sisters)
Cyndee Kaiser (Local Artist)
Jamie Kane (Scheels)
Mark McHorney (United Heathcare)
Dr. Labcoat + Child Artists
Sara Brunner (Mayo Clinic Health System)
Mystery Artist!

Proceeds from the Celebrity Art Gala support the Museum’s Play For All Program. If you are interested in reserving a spot, please visit the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire website.

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.

Fall Festival at Chippewa Falls Orchard Benefits the Alzheimer’s Association – As Seen on WEAU

 

As seen on WEAU:

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) — The leaves haven’t changed color yet, but families got a head start on celebrating the fall season this weekend.

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard in Chippewa Falls hosted day two of its annual Fall Festival Sunday.

People enjoyed apple picking, wine tasting, wagon rides, and a free corn maze.

Proceeds from apple picking and tasting room sales from Saturday and Sunday will be donated to a local charity.

“It’s a great event for people to come out and listen to live music, we have some big bands here this year and every year we give the proceeds to some kind of cause, this year is the Alzheimer’s Association,” said co-owner Jean McIlguham.

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard will be open six days a week until October 31 and will feature live music on Saturdays.

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.
Fall Festival – September 9 & 10

Fall Festival – September 9 & 10

Chippewa Falls, WI – There’s nothing better than kicking off fall by picking your own apples, strolling through a corn maze and sipping on a glass of wine. Families and community members are invited to Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard’s annual Fall Festival this Saturday and Sunday, where a portion of this year’s sales will benefit a local charity.

“We are always grateful to live and own a business in such a supportive community. This is an opportunity for us to give back and pay it forward,” said co-owner Jean McIlquham.

Proceeds from apple and tasting room sales on both Saturday and Sunday will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Visitors to the orchard are encouraged to enjoy family events, such as face painting and a petting zoo, and free live music events all weekend, including a free concert by Dead Horses, a popular folk band which performed at the Blue Ox Music festival.

“The fall season is something we look forward to all year. We have something for the whole family, so we are excited for this event!” said co-owner Chad McIlquham.

Fall Festival Autumn Harvest Winery & Orchard – As Seen on Mom’s Everyday

Chad McIlquham was featured on Mom’s Everyday this week sharing with us details about Autumn Harvest Winery’s Fall Festival event.

“This year’s fall festival is a fun, free, family event September 9th and 10th. This year we will have a corn maze, wagon rides, pick your own apples, ready to pick apples, fresh apple cider, a patio, live music from 10-6 both days. Wood-fired pizza on Saturday and barbecue on Sunday” shares McIlquham.

With all the exciting activities going on, it will be the perfect fall event for the whole family! For more details, visit our event page. A portion of the proceeds for this event will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.