Crimson Sunset is the ONLY winery in the state of Iowa with certified organic vineyards, 3 vineyards.  7.5 acres total.

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.

Our winery and cidery is in an 100% off-grid facility, powered by wind and solar.

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, that's 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 everyone's 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.

Our ciders are handcrafted from fresh pressed local apples (not organic), no cane sugar or water is ever added to our ciders.  They are sweetened back with pure apple juice & local honey.  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: Original, Strawberry, Blueberry, Blackberry, Pineapple, Pomegranate and Cranberry (vary depending on season).  6 acre orchard planned in 2015 will produce organic apples in the upcoming years we are currently purchasing from Wisconsin.

Our hard ciders can be found on tap at the following locations:

Need Pizzeria- Cedar Rapids Iowa

Parlor City Pub & Eatery- Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Sanctuary Pub- Iowa City, Iowa

The Cellar Peanut Pub Pella- Pella, Iowa

The Cellar Peanut Pub Oskaloosa- Oskaloosa, Iowa

Black Sheep Social Club- Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The Sagwagon Deli & Brew- Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Ladora Bank Bistro- Ladora, Iowa

Ramsey's Wine Bistro Marion, Iowa

The Lift Dubuque, Iowa

Our goal was always to be an estate winery (all of our own grapes) with all certified organic grapes. But the reason we got into hard ciders was, because 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 certified organic that we got into hard ciders, to be able to keep our wines estate.  The hard ciders have been a real success and appeal to many people.  Since we have been growing grapes and focusing our efforts on grapevines and vineyards we did not have any apple trees.  Therefore we sourced 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 2017 which will be the fruit portion of the future trees, the apples currently sourced for all of our ciders are not organic but will be when our trees are producing they will be certified organic apples.

You can follow us on Facebook or email us at crimsonsunsetwinery@gmail.com.

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, Cascade, Monticello, Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Grinnell.


Wines Currently Available:

  • Brianna
  • Prairie Star
  • Marquette
  • Sabrevois
  • St Pepin
  • Frontenac Gris
  • Frontenac
  • Lacrescent
  • Crimson Rose
  • Noriet- ONLY AT WINERY
  • Rhombus
  • Swenson White- SOLD OUT
  • White Velvet- SOLD OUT
  • St Croix

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.  

Estate winery.

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. (We are adding 9 solar panels July 2015).  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 just like a normal building. The hot water is produced using a combination of wood, and electricity from the off-grid system (propane water heater for 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. 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.

Current hours:

Fri: 1pm-6pm

Sat: 11am-6pm

Sun:11am-5pm

We are also shipping wine, if you would like to have wine shipped to you please contact Lisa at 563-495-0842 or crimsonsunsetwinery@gmail.com. Thanks!

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.

For more information and pictures please check out our facebook page

Brief History

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.

Our goal was always to be an estate winery (all of our own grapes) with all certified 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.  The hard ciders have been a real success and appeal to many people.  Since we have been growing grapes and focusing our efforts on grapevines and vineyards we did not have any apple trees.  Therefore we sourced 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 2017 which will be the fruit portion of the future trees, the apples currently sourced for all of our ciders are not organic but will be when our trees are producing they will be certified organic apples.

Kevin has 5 brothers and 1 sister and is originally from Cascade, Iowa

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.

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