ALERT: Schedule Changes for our Last Christmas Weekend

open-closedAs we shared earlier this week, the weather is looking frightful, and unfortunately that’s required us to make some changes to our schedule this weekend…

Unfortunately, due to the weather conditions, the horses will not be here for sleigh rides.

We’ll be open today, Saturday, December 17. However, due to extreme winds and wind chill temperatures tomorrow, Sunday, December 18, we are going to be closed.

Of course this weather is almost tropical for Santa and Mrs. Claus, so they will both be here today as planned, from 1-4pm.

So that means today will be our last day of the season for us here at Vino in the Valley. Thank you for your continued loyalty and support through the many extreme weather conditions this year… from scorching heat, to severe weather and associated damage, to extreme cold, we’ve had a heck of a year!

We’re now looking forward to a long winter’s nap… See you all in May of 2017!

Our Sunday Buffet Is Back!

Vino-Sunday BuffetWe often receive requests from our guests to bring back our famous Sunday Buffet. We had no idea you loved it so much!

Since we always do our best to listen to our guests and accommodate their requests whenever we can, when the opportunity presented itself this past weekend, we made the decision to offer the buffet on Sunday now through the end of our summer season (September 27).

It was an Italian extravaganza; bigger and better than ever! We offered a variety of salad fixings and pasta dishes and allowed our Sunday guests to build the plate of their dreams. Our brick oven pizzas and gluten-free entrees were still available for those who preferred to go that route.

How did it go, you ask? Well, after all the rave reviews, and a little begging on behalf of our customers, we’ve decided to bring back the Sunday Buffet until further notice! $19 for adults, $9 for kids 5-12, and 4 and under free.

And, as an added bonus during the month of August, on Sundays from 2:00-4:00pm we’ll be offering a bottle of our house wine at half-price with the purchase of a meal. The reason for this Sunday special is simply because… Sundays ARE special at Vino in the Valley. Learn more here.

We look forward to your visit on a Sunday soon. As always, be sure to follow our Facebook page to be the first to hear the latest news, specials, menu updates and announcements!

Now Hiring: Kitchen Staff

Vino in the Valley - Now HiringWe’re gearing up for the busy fall season ahead. As a result, we’re looking for a few stellar people to join the Vino in the Valley family. Kitchen experience is preferred.

2 Saute cooks
2 Brick Oven Pizza cooks

Download an application here, and return your completed application following the instructions provided. We look forward to welcoming you to our team!

New After-dinner Dessert Drink Launches this Weekend

Vino in the Valley - Not Your Father's Root Beer FloatWe’re launching a new after-dinner dessert drink this weekend! Ask for one of our “Not Your Father’s Root Beer Floats” made with real Wisconsin-dairy ice cream from our friends at Flat Pennies Ice Cream.

The Not Your Father’s Root Beer is crafted by Small Town Brewery in La Crosse, WI. We first checked them out online, “At 10% ABV, the silky, smooth and satisfying finish is unmatched in flavor. It appeals to craft beer aficionados as well as those who don’t typically drink beer but crave something unique.” Could it be true?

At first sip we couldn’t help but recall fond childhood memories of the root beer floats at the long gone Ellsworth Milk Store (remember that little place down in East Ellsworth back in the day?)! We immediately understood why they achieved a 95 rating from Beer Advocate and are gaining popularity at Chicagoland bars! We didn’t want to be left out!

So we concocted a root beer float experiment and ran the dessert through a trial run last weekend. Not only did they sell out lickety-split, but they received rave reviews on our Facebook page! Rose commented, “Best adult Root Beer around!” and Judy posted, “We stopped today and the Root Beer Float is over the top soooo good!”

I don’t know; they sound like they know what they’re talking about. Only one way to know for sure and that’s to visit us this weekend and try one for yourself. Sounds like we’ll once again have prefect weather for your visit.


Discover Wisconsin Show To Visit Vino in the Valley

Discover Wisconsin at Vino in the ValleyWe have some exciting news to share! The Discover Wisconsin television show will be filming a segment at Vino in the Valley on Saturday, August 8. I guess all those weeks of calling them have finally paid off. Just kidding! They reached out to us and we couldn’t be more excited to host them. They’re the nation’s longest running tourism TV show, and when they called to inquire about a visit we did a couple of cartwheels!

They’ve heard some great things about our place, and wanted to experience the vino, views and vibes first hand. The whole crew, along with host Jake Zimmerman, will be visiting.

We would love to show them the “ultimate” Vino in the Valley good-time, which means packin’ the house! We’ll be operating regular hours (3pm – 10pm) on Saturday, August 8, and would love for you to join us. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to be included in a shot or two! And you better start warming up the ol’ singing voice for “That’s Amore”! I’ll do the same!

As for air dates for this segment, we’ll have to be in touch with you on that one. Once we have those details we’ll be sure to post them on our Facebook page. You are following us there, right?


Celebrate Mom with Vino in the Valley

Vino in the Valley - Celebrate MomMoms…we love them, and heck, we wouldn’t be here without them. And, as we like to joke, we’re all the reason that they drink. So bring your mom down to Vino in the Valley to celebrate her day in a special way!

Join us Sunday, May 10, from 12 – 6pm (get your reservations in now for group of 10 or more). For Mom we’ve got free flowers, free chair massage, and Free Flat Pennies Ice Cream Dessert! We’ll have wagon rides through the vineyard, and entertainment by local favorites, Colleen Raye and family (Trey, Reed, and maybe Jenny), for all to enjoy!

Sounds like the makings of a great afternoon! Come on down, sip on a glass of wine, and enjoy some great fun and entertainment with Mom. She’ll love you for it!

Open Air Solutions’ Motion Vinyls the Solution for Us!

We love our open air Pavilion here at Vino in the Valley; there’s nothing like enjoying a great meal and a glass of wine while taking in the spectacular views! But our dining arrangements make our guests vulnerable to quickly changing weather conditions. Wind, rain and unseasonably cool temps sometimes put a damper on our guests’ dining experiences, even though we did our best to make everyone comfortable, and they never seemed to let the weather ruin their great time!

Still, we’ve always been on the lookout for just the right solution, and we found it with Open Air Solutions and their Motion Vinyls. New for our 2015 season, we’ll be able to maintain our open air atmosphere, while also offering sun, wind and weather protection for our guests.

With the push of a button we can enclose our eating area should inclement weather roll in. We can also enclose the Pavilion for our Christmas at Vino in the Valley weekends, and keep our guests toasty warm, while still offering a clear view of the winter scenery! We’re so happy with our decision that we partnered with Open Air Solutions on a television commercial. Consider this your first glimpse of our new Pavilion accessory!

We think the commercial turned out pretty great, but you know what seems to be getting all the attention? You guessed it; the blooper reel! If you thought I would be a natural behind the camera I had you all fooled! But not to be outdone, Jeff from Open Air Solutions, made a few mistakes himself. Go ahead, laugh along with us…

We’re pretty excited about our Motion Vinyls from Open Air Solutions. Jeff and his team were extremely efficient with the installation, and the quality of my panels and their work is amazing. I can’t wait to show them off to our guests this season and invite you all to come see them for yourselves!

New at Vino in the Valley

Vino in the Valley Opens May 7, 2015We sure missed you this winter and this recent round of nice weather made us even more excited for season 2015 at Vino in the Valley. We’ll be opening doors for the season on Thursday, May 7. We can’t wait for you to see what we’ve been up to! Here’s a teaser of what’s in store for our guests this season:

  • Our kitchen staff has been busy creating a unique line-up of special entrees! Just what they do will remain our secret… that is until the day they are announced as a day or weekend special. Watch our Facebook page for special announcements. And, you never know, the most popular of these dishes may make their way on to our regular menu someday?!
  • Last season we announced that Vino in the Valley private label red and blush would be produced by Cannon River Winery. The feedback on our “new” Rush River Red and Lost Creek Sunset was so overwhelming, that we made the decision to have Cannon River Winery produce our Moonlight Whisper white, too. Crisp and refreshing; we can’t wait for you white wine lovers to try it!
  • No more walking across the grass (unless you want to). A new sidewalk will guide our guests from the pavilion to our Bella Sera patio bar. And we’re expanding our patio area to allow more space for umbrella covered patio tables. What a great spot to enjoy a bottle of wine and some entertainment on a sunny summer afternoon.
  • Protecting our environment here in the valley has always been a top priority for us. To even further reduce our carbon footprint, we’re installing solar panels and are proud that beginning this season our operation will be partially run by renewable solar power.

And now for the most exciting addition of all… we worked with the great people at Open Air Solutions to recommend a solution that would allow us to maintain our open air atmosphere, while also offering sun, wind and weather protection for our guests. After discussing our options we chose to install Motion Vinyls on the Pavilion. With the push of a button we can enclose our eating area should inclement weather roll in. We can also enclose the Pavilion for our Christmas at Vino in the Valley weekends, and keep our guests toasty warm, while still offering a clear view of the winter scenery! We’re so happy with our decision that we partnered with Open Air Solutions on a television commercial. Have you seen it? If not, you can view it here.

So now you understand why we’re particularly excited to kick off our 2015 season on Thursday, May 7, and are literally counting the days until our opening night! We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Win a Private Dinner in our Vineyard!

Vino in the Valley - Win a Private Dinner in our VineyardAs many of our longtime friends and customers will recall, we kicked off last season’s opening with a Facebook contest. The grand prize was a dinner for two in our vineyard and an overnight stay at Maiden Rock, WI’s, beautiful Journey Inn. The prize was awarded to Chris and Natalie McClory and they were a delightful couple who thoroughly enjoyed their overnight stay in the area. Since then, we’re continuously asked if we would ever do a similar prize giveaway again.

Your wish is our command! Earlier this week we launched another contest on our Facebook page. Grand prize… you guessed it! A private dinner package at Vino in the Valley! The drawing will take place when our Facebook page hits 15,000 followers. You’ll want to hurry and get your entry in; only about 500 “likes” to go before we select our winner!

Picture it… A private dinner for two in our vineyard (complete with valley views and full V.I.P. treatment). You and your date will enjoy your choice of appetizer, fresh brick oven bread, your choice of entrees, and to finish off the meal, you’ll be served one of our delectable desserts. Where’s the wine, you ask? Don’t worry; we’ll be including a bottle of vino (your choice from our wine list), as well.

Before dinner, your V.I.P. treatment will begin with a private tour of our grounds. See the confluence of Lost Creek and the Rush River, hear the story of the great flood of 2010, and if you’re lucky, you might even spot a fly fisherman in mid-cast.

Enjoy a leisurely evening with us, and when your visit concludes there will be a bed waiting for you at Journey Inn Bed & Breakfast, located about 15 minutes away near Maiden Rock, WI. Designed as an earth-friendly, soul-pleasing building on 66 acres of prairie, hilly woodland and a spring-fed creek, Journey Inn is a destination that inspires and restores. We couldn’t think of a better way to wrap up your special night!

The experience will take place on Thursday, June 25, 2015, and we hope it inspires you to stay for a long and relaxing weekend on the West Coast of Wisconsin. Good luck, and regardless of whether you’re the winner, we look forward to seeing you at Vino in the Valley this season!

This prize package could be yours! We’ll be giving it away to one lucky winner by random drawing from among our page followers when our page hits 15,000 fans! Register, and learn how you can earn extra entries, HERE.

Kicking off the 2014 Season on May 8, 2014

Vino in the Valley, Maiden Rock, WILet’s face it, this year’s winter was brutal, and we haven’t had much of a spring. I think it’s pretty safe to say that you join us in our excitement for Vino in the Valley’s opening on Thursday, May 8. We hope you can make it down for dinner or a glass of wine (or craft beer) during our opening weekend.

Opening weekend: Thursday Sunday, May 8- 11, 2014!

We’ve lined up some of our most popular talent on the entertainment schedule, and you can check our hours here. And as always, for Vino in the Valley news as it happens, you’ll want to like our page on Facebook.