Crimson Sunset is a production only winery & cidery. No tasting room/retail location to visit. SO sorry we don't host any events. Husband & Wife owned and operated. No employees. If you are looking for a certain hard cider please TEXT Lisa at 563-495-0842 OR email Lisa or Kevin at and we would be more than happy to help you! Thank you!

Our wine is truly handcrafted as most wines are single barrel and the biggest is only 80 gallons. There is minimal intervention, it is never pumped or filtered and we never add cane sugar or water to any of our wines. With the exception of 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 everybody's palate can be pleased.

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.

*****Our goal was always to be an estate winery (all of our own grapes) with all organic grapes. In 2012 our area had a severe drought which significantly reduced our grape load and wine for the 2012 vintage. Unfortunately because of the severity of the drought in 2012 we saw even more reduced crop load in 2013. In 2013 we were anticipating over 1500 gallons it was supposed to be our biggest vintage to date but because of the drought of 2012, our 2013 vintage was less than 500 gallons. We didn't want to purchase grapes or juice for our wines since we had worked for so many years to be an estate winery and all of our grapes are organic that we got into hard ciders, to be able to keep our wines estate. Since we have been growing grapes and focusing our efforts on grapevines and vineyards we did not have any apple trees. Therefore we source them locally (within 100 miles, in Wisconsin). We did graft and plant 1,000 trees in 2015 and will be grating their 3rd union in 2018 which will be the fruit portion of the future trees, the apples currently sourced for all of our ciders are not organic.******

Wines Currently Available:
Prairie Star
St Pepin- SOLD OUT
Lacrosse- SOLD OUT
St Croix
Frontenac Gris- SOLD OUT
Frontenac- SOLD OUT
Lacrescent- SOLD OUT
Crimson Rose
Swenson White- SOLD OUT
White Velvet- SOLD OUT

Kevin and Lisa are fervently dedicated to the quality of their wine, and only use grapes grown by themselves. The winery/cidery did have a tasting room from 2012-2017 but no longer does.

***The apples are sourced locally but are not organic.***
Our ultra premium hard ciders are crafted using all wild yeast- fermented fresh pressed apples. No cane sugar or water is ever added. They are also all natural so no sulfites or preservatives added. Our Original Apple is just 2 ingredients: Local Apples & Local Honey. Our Fruit infused ciders have a 3rd ingredient: 100% Real Fruit. Never pumped or filtered, so expect some apple fiber. Naturally Guilt & Gluten Free. We do have some specialty hard ciders that have spices added (Spiced Cran/ Apple Pie/ Pumpkin Pie) or more than one fruit (Sangria).
We are fortunate to have our hard apple ciders on tap at the following locations:

Need Pizzeria- Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Parlor City Pub & Eatery- Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The Cellar Peanut Pub Pella- Pella, Iowa

The Cellar Peanut Pub Newton- Newton, Iowa

Sanctuary Pub- Iowa City, Iowa

The Iowa Taproom- Des Moines, Iowa

el Bait Shop- Des Moines, Iowa

The Hessen Haus- Des Moines, Iowa

Franklin Street Brewery- Manchester, Iowa

Ramsey's Wine Bistro- Marion, Iowa

QDogs BBQ- Marion, Iowa

Peace Tree Brewing Company Grinnell Branch- Grinnell, Iowa

The Smokestack- Dubuque, Iowa

Mellow Mushroom- Coralville, Iowa

515 Brewing Company- Clive, Iowa

Clock House Brewing- Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Barn Town Brewing- West Des Moines, Iowa

Jubeck New World Brewing- Dubuque, Iowa

Dixie's Biergarten- Decorah, Iowa

Dimensional Brewing Company- Dubuque, Iowa

Graze- Iowa City, Iowa

Rubaiyat- Decorah, Iowa

Armored Gardens- Davenport, Iowa

Ruby's Beers, Bikes Brats- Davenport, Iowa

Central Standard Craft Beer & Burgers- Waukee, Iowa

5ive Cities Brewing- Bettendorf, Iowa

Murphy's Pub Dewitt- Dewitt, Iowa

Endless Brews- Davenport,Iowa

Jitney- Monticello, Iowa

Coralville Hyvee #2- Growler Fill Station- Coralville, Iowa

The Blu Room- Dubuque, Iowa

Textile Brewing Company- Dyersville, Iowa

Contrary Brewing Company- Muscatine, Iowa

Boonies on the Avenue- Muscatine, Iowa

Bridgeside Links- Muscatine, Iowa

Proof Social- Muscatine, Iowa

Bari Italian- Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Rebellion Brew Haus- Moline, Illinois

Our winery/cidery is in an 100% off-grid facility powered by a one kilowatt wind turbine and a 6700 watt solar array consisting of 24 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 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 (now also have gas backup). 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 and they continue to work away at the project as they can. The stonework and landscaping was completed with the use of stone quarried by hand by Kevin and Lisa near the building along with the base rock for the three-fourths of a mile lane which Kevin and Lisa built.

Welcome to Crimson Sunset Vineyards, Winery & Cidery




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