Photo Gallery of Autumn Harvest’s Fall Festival, as seen on The Chippewa Herald

Thank you for visiting us at Fall Festival, Chippewa Herald! Check out some of the beautiful pictures they took of the event! If you missed Fall Fest, no worries we still have plenty of fun from wine tastings, apple picking, our corn maze and much more!

See all pictures at: https://chippewa.com/chp/photo-gallery-fall-festival-at-autumn-harvest-winery/collection_f47e6c93-d05c-57a8-a070-01241dd25e92.html

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 Raising Money for Suicide Prevention, as seen on WQOW

Autumn Harvest Winery is proud to be featured on WQOW for raising money for suicide prevention at our Fall Festival. As seen on WQOW:

Autumn Harvest Winery near Chippewa Falls kicked off its annual Fall Fest Saturday, all to benefit local suicide prevention programs.

A warm, sunny day brought dozens of people out to the winery to enjoy a petting zoo, face painting, a corn maze, food trucks and beverages.

Visitors were encouraged to donate to suicide prevention.

“Every year we choose an organization to give back to the community,” said co-owner Jean McIlquham.  “This year on Saturday will be Suicide Prevention Chippewa Valley and that’s an organization that has been around for a while but maybe not enough recognition as they deserve so far.  So we’re hoping to get their name out there. Largely they’ve touched a lot of lives around here so we want to give back to them.”

The winery will match donations from this weekend.

Sunday’s donations will go to Agnes’ Table.

Read the full story: http://wqow.com/news/2018/09/08/chippewa-winery-raises-money-for-suicide-prevention/ 

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, a part of Chippewa Valley Craft Beverage Trail Guide as Seen on WEAU

Our own Jean McIlquham was on Hello Wisconsin with WEAU 13 News talking about the Chippewa Valley Craft Beverage Trail and the August Pairing Event!

Get tickets online right now at chippewavalleytrailguide.com! This is a wine + food opportunity you don’t want to miss August 10, 11, and 12!

See the video here: http://www.weau.com/video?vid=490139271

 

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 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 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 & 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.

 

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.