Welcome to the website of Crimson Sunset Vineyards & Winery. We are a husband and wife run operation so we work in the vineyards during the week and our tasting room is open Fridays 1-6, Sats 12-6 and Suns 12-5. But if you just need a bottle of wine or 2 during the week just give us a call or email us we can usually work something out. Also if you have a group of 5 or more we can often accommodate your group even if it is not during normal tasting room hours just give us a call or email us. Thanks. Email: email@example.com. Phone number 563-495-0842. Our address 24765 Highway 151 West Cascade, Iowa 52033
We are the only vineyard and winery in the state of Iowa to use only estate grown 100% certified organic grapes in our wine. 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 everybodys palate can be pleased.
If you have a group of 8 people or more please
call head if possible. Thanks.
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 graduated from the University of Northern Iowa where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He grew up near Cascade on the family farm (he is the son of Ron and Donna Miller), which is just north of the vineyard and winery. He has 5 brothers and 1 sister.
Lisa graduated from Hawkeye Community College with an Associates of Applied Science degree in dental hygiene. She 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 one child and one dog.
Wines Currently Available:
Frontenac Gris- SOLD OUT
Crimson Rose- SOLD OUT
Swenson White- SOLD OUT
Kevin and Lisa are fervently dedicated to the quality of their wine, and only use grapes grown by themselves.
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.
Kevin and Lisa feel very fortunate for the support of their family and friends over the past 8 years.
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