Red, White, and Blues at Vino in the Valley

Great wine, delicious food, and awesome music… Commemorate the Independence Day holiday by joining us for Red, White and Blues on Saturday, July 1, starting at noon featuring the music of Empire Night and the Tommy Bentz Band with our famous fireworks show at dusk.

Grab family and friends for a fun afternoon and evening in the valley. Take a tractor tour around the vineyard, enjoy a glass of wine or a beer on the patio, listen to blues music over a pasta dinner… Then grab your lawn chairs or blanket and settle in for the fireworks show after dusk!

It’s a patriotic evening in the valley you won’t want to miss!  New this year! Join us for our Fireworks BBQ! To accommodate our later arriving fireworks guests we’ll be serving BBQ chicken and all the fixin’s (1/4 chicken, garlic mash potatoes, baked beans, pasta salad. $15 (cash only)) plus a selection of beer and wine out on the grounds starting at 7pm!

The last seating of the night will be at 9pm (our staff want to take in the fireworks, too!). There’s no admission charge. Sorry, no carry-on allowed on the grounds.

Check out this entertainment line-up!

3:00pm – 6:00pm Empire Night

A Duo with a Twist! Featuring both guitar and keyboards with smooth vocals and great harmony, Empire Night plays a smart, hip selection of music from contemporary pop and folk, great 90’s songs, and select 60’s and 70’s piano songs you haven’t heard in a while (think Captain and Tennelle, Burt Bacharach, and Sergio Mendes).

6:00pm – 9:00pm Tommy Bentz Band

The Tommy Bentz Band is a trio that often gets described as Van Morrison meets the Allman Brothers. Led by singer-songwriter Tommy Bentz, one hears strong soulful vocals with tasty slide and lead guitar, a rock-solid rhythm section with tight vocal harmonies that often makes the listener think that as many as 5-6 people are on stage. The band tours around the Midwest and yearly to the UK, for their annual fall tour, playing 2 blues-rock festivals in Ireland and Scotland this September. Enjoy blues and blues rock classics from artists like Clapton, Allman Brothers, SRV, The Band, Freddie King, as well as songs from their 4 original albums.

Sippin’ in the Valley

We’ve added 5 new wines and 6 new craft-style beers to the menu at Vino in the Valley this season. That’s a lot, and with such a new and expanded list of selections, it seemed logical to have an event that would allow you to sample them. Join us for a special tasting event at Vino in the Valley on Saturday, June 10, from 3-5pm.

During the “Sippin’ in the Valley” event, our staff will be on hand to offer samples of our newest wines and beers, make recommendations based on your tastes, and answer your questions, too.

Simply purchase your tasting card at the bar (2 cards for $5 – 5 tastings per card) and then head out to visit our tasting tables. Feel free to be leisurely; there’s no hurry… Meander around the vineyard, enjoy a tour by horse-drawn wagon, visit the gift shop and farmer’s market vendors, or engage in a round of ladder golf. Be sure to turn your card in when you’re done for a chance to win four $50 gift certificates!

Bring your group of fun friends; because wine and beer tasting is serious business (wink, wink). After the tasting, we hope you’ll stay behind and enjoy the balmy summer evening, have dinner under the pavilion and tap your toe to live entertainment by Stacy Jane and the Fermenters (how fitting!).

Vino in the Valley hosts 8th Annual “Taste of Tuscany” Event

Once again we’re thrilled to be hosting the Ellsworth Community School District Foundation’s annual fundraising event, “Taste of Tuscany”. The event, which will be held at Vino in the Valley on Friday, June 9, 2017, supports the Foundation in their mission to enhance educational opportunities within our community using private revenues. In a time of ever-tightening budgets, supporting this great cause has become more important than ever.

Social Hour begins at 4:30pm with the event officially kicking off at 5:00pm. Attendees will enjoy the music of Colleen Raye, a wine tasting, silent auction, and of course, great wine and a delicious dinner buffet. Tickets are $35 and available at Vino in the Valley, Ellsworth School District Office, Nilssen’s Foods, and from Foundation board members. Download an official event flyer here.

Some amazing items on the silent auction again this year!

  • Badger Football Tickets (Badgers vs. Maryland on October 21st, 2017)
  • 4 Minnesota Twins vs Baltimore Orioles Tickets
  • Guthrie Theater Ticket Voucher for 2 people
  • Gift certificate for 2 Brewers Game Tickets
  • Red Wing Gift Certificate for a Pair of Boots or Shoes
  • Golf for four people and a cart to White Eagle Country Club
  • Dinner certificates to local restaurants (Copper Kettle, Shady Grove, Common Man, Rod & Gun….)
  • Chanhassen Dinner Theater – Dinner and Show for two
  • Green Bay Packer football
  • Wild Mountain scenic boat tour, daily excursions
  • Industrial Technology Department has made a decorative wooden box with matching coasters with wine glasses
  • Minnesota twins – Autographed Tony Oliva Print

And much more!

We not only wish to encourage you to purchase your tickets and attend this worthwhile event, but also want to be sure all our guests are aware that due to this event, general seating for the public will not begin until 7:30pm on Friday, June 9. Our outdoor bar, Bella Sera, will be open beginning at 5:00 pm if guests would like to come down to enjoy some wine until seating begins; although you’re always welcome to purchase a ticket to the event on the spot and join us! Your help in spreading the word to your friends and neighbors is always appreciated. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you.