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.

 

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.