CLOSED THANKSGIVING THURSDAY NOV 26th 2015.
We will be harvesting the 2015 vintage Sat Sept 19th starting at 7am, there will be a fabulous lunch provided for all volunteer pickers!
Only winery in the state of Iowa with certified organic vineyards, 3 vineyards. 7.5 acres.
One of the only estate wineries in the midwest, which means we grow every grape that goes into every wine we make, & we are located in the Upper Mississippi Valley Appellation.
Husband and wife owned and operated with no employees (we are fortunate to have help from family when we need it.)
Our winery and cidery is in an 100% off-grid facility, powered by wind and solar.
Our ciders are handcrafted from fresh pressed apples, no cane sugar or water is ever added to our ciders. They are sweetened back with pure apple juice. They are made with all natural ingredients. Our original "Jacked Cider House" craft hard cider can be found at a store near you! More different ciders are available at the winery: Fruit, Spiced, Hopped. 6 acre orchard planned in 2015 will produce apples in the upcoming years.
We have completed much of the building project ourselves, which started in March of 2010.
We started growing grapes in 2005 and our 1st vintage was 2011. Tasting room opened Dec 2012.
The saying is 80% of wine quality comes from the grape, thats why we grow every grape ourselves. Our low vigor soil also contributes to the extraordinary quality of our wine.
Our wine is truly handcrafted as most wines are single barrel, the biggest only 80 gallons. With exception of the 3 blends from our own experimental vineyard everything is single varietal and captures the character of that grape. There is a range from sweet to dry so everyones palate can be pleased.
The grapes are guided through the natural process to wine with minimal intervention, & never pumped or filtered along the way. We only add what is necessary for great wine and never cane sugar or water. The whites and blush are sweetened with our pure grape juice.
Rental space available for your special events. You can follow us on Facebook or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to Crimson Sunset Vineyards, Winery & Cidery
Located at 24765 Highway 151 West Cascade, Iowa 52033
Original craft hard cider can be found at a store near you in: Dubuque, East Dubuque, Cascade, Monticello, Mount Vernon, Solon, Cedar Rapids, Marion, North Liberty, Coralville, Iowa City, Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Moline, Rock Island, Davenport.
Wines Currently Available:
Kevin & Lisa are fervently dedicated to the quality of their wine, and only use grapes grown by themselves. Only winery in the state of Iowa with certified organic vineyards.
Their winery is in an off-grid facility powered by a one kilowatt wind turbine and a 3800 watt solar array consisting of 15 panels. There is a 3500 pound battery bank for storage, and a 6 kilowatt inverter for DC to AC power conversion so all the electricity in the house and winery is like a normal building. The hot water is produced using a combination of a solar hot water panel built by Kevin, wood, and electricity from the off-grid system. An outdoor wood stove produces the heat, and the air conditioning is from a 2.5 ton geo system with loop field. Much of the building project was completed by Kevin and Lisa themselves and started in March of 2010. The stonework and landscaping was completed with the use of stone quarried near the building along with the base rock for the three-fourths of a mile lane.
If you need bottles of wine or your growler refilled during non-tasting room hours please contact the winery at 563-495-0842 or email@example.com as we can usually accommodate that. OR if you would like to have a private party. We are also shipping wine, if you would like to have wine shipped to you please contact Lisa at 563-495-0842 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
- Thursdays: 1pm-6pm
- Fridays: 1pm-6pm
- Saturdays: 11am-6pm
- Sundays: 11am-5pm
Our phone: 563.495.0842.
If you have a group of 8 or more please call or email ahead if possible. Thanks.
Our tasting room opened Dec 2012.
Our venture started in 2005 by rooting cuttings sourced from local vineyards. Our first one acre vineyard was planted in 2006 with over 50 different varieties to test and see what grew best organically and which were the most fungal and pest resistant. In 2008 we then decided on the best 12 varieties and planted 6 more acres of grapes. In 2011 we planted 400 petite pearl vines. The trellis system in the vineyard is vertical shoot position (VSP) to maximize sun exposure and quality of the grapes. Black locust posts locally harvested by Kevin support the trellis system. The vines are planted in low vigor limestone soils to enhance varietal character. No chemicals are ever used on our grapes and our grapes are certified organic.
The grapes are guided through the process to wine with minimal intervention, and never pumped or filtered along the way. We only add what is necessary for great wine, and never cane sugar or water. The whites and blushes are sweetened with our pure grape juice. This means we pack many grapes into every glass of our delicious wine.
Kevin has 5 brothers and 1 sister and grew up on the family farm outside Cascade just north of the vineyards and winery.
Lisa has 2 sisters, 3 brothers and is originally from Delhi, Iowa.
Kevin and Lisa have been together since 1997 and were married in 2005. They have two daughters and one family dog.