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The Biggest Gift Certificate Sale of the Year is Here!

We know the sooner you finish your holiday shopping, the sooner you can enjoy the season (and your wine)! That’s motivation enough for us to make your gift-giving as easy as possible this year.

Vino in the Valley gift certificates make great gifts, and from now until December 24, 2017 when you purchase $100 in gift certificates you receive an additional $20 gift certificate FREE!

Take advantage of this special opportunity in the Vino in the Valley Gift Shop starting November 25! Or by calling 715-639-6677.

Or by visiting the following locations:

  • DS Liquor, Ellsworth
  • Lori’s Day Spa, River Falls
  • Ptacek’s Grocery, Prescott
  • Voila Media Group, Hudson
  • Body Kneads, Red Wing
  • Langer’s Tavern, Ellsworth

Why not give the gift of an experience that will be remembered for a lifetime…Good Vino, Good View and Good Vibes! We can’t imagine a more perfect gift.

Start a Family Tradition: Join Us for our Christmas Weekends

If you happened to join us last year for our Christmas weekends, you know it’s purely magical; kind of like walking into a Norman Rockwell painting! If you’ve yet to experience a country Christmas “Vino-style”, you must check it out for yourself… And bring the whole family!

We’ve put the sides down on the pavilion for the festivities and our heaters keep things nice and warm. Enjoy wagon rides around the vineyard, visit with Santa (Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4pm), or sit by the fire! We will be serving up our famous brick oven Pizzas and Italian Nachos. Oh, and how can we forget the wine? Yes, the wine will be flowing (as will the hot cocoa for the kids). And the kiddos will also have to check out our “Cookie Decoration Station”!

Adjacent to Vino in the Valley you’ll see our Rush River Tree Farm. Add to your holiday memories and enjoyment with a beautiful and lush fresh Christmas tree. ‘Choose & Cut’ your own tree or make a selection from our inventory of fresh cut trees. Varieties include Balsam, Fraser Fir, Canaan, and White Pine (long needle) with sizes varying from 5′ to 10′. Prices start at just $30 and include shake, bale, and drilling for stands. We also offer beautiful fresh wreaths and swags and spruce tips for holiday decorating at your home or business.

Visit our gift shop where you can pick up a few bottles (or a case) of your favorite Vino in the Valley wines for hostess gifts and your personal holiday enjoyment. And don’t forget to bring your gift list and get a few presents handled. The gift shop is fully stocked with merchandise and you can never go wrong with a Vino Gift Certificate.

Plan your Christmas outing with family and friends this December for Christmas at Vino in the Valley!

Open weekends November 25 – December 17: Saturdays and Sundays 11am-5pm

 

Sip, Swirl, Savor: Join us for our Annual Fall Festival

We would like to extend a formal invitation to you and your friends to join us for our upcoming customer appreciation day! Join us Saturday, October 14, for Fall Festival: Swirl, Sip, Savor! We’ve planned a big event for you this year, full of activities, food, artisan vendors, and giveaways! And best of all, it’s dedicated to you – our customers.

Be sure you’re following our Facebook page; we’ll be sharing updates about the event as the day draws near! We look forward to seeing and celebrating you!

Join us for our Fall Weekends!

This time of year not only brings a change of the seasons but also a change to our hours. Our summer hours (Thursdays-Sundays) continue through the end of September and then starting October 1 we transition to just Saturdays and Sundays. Join us this October from Noon to 10:00pm on Saturdays and 11:00 to 5:00pm on Sundays for family fun at Vino in the Valley!

Kids young and old will enjoy hayrides around the vineyard.

Enjoy our full menu on Saturdays; our delicious pastas, appetizers, salads, and desserts! And our famous buffet and brick oven specialties on Sundays.

Get your fall Vino gear and wines in our gift shop. Visit our Farmers Market for late season veggies, honey and crafts from area artisans.

And mark your calendar for our customer appreciation event; Swirl, Sip, Savor taking place on Saturday, October 14! Giveaways, vendors, food, entertainment, and fun!

Coming soon! Vino Over the Valley

Those who know me know I’m a pushover for a beautiful view.  One of my favorites, besides my own little piece of heaven here in the Rush River Valley, is an 11 mile stretch of State Hwy 95 between Fountain City, Wisconsin (the Mississippi river town) and the valley town of Arcadia. Referred to by the locals as “The Ridge”, it’s got a gorgeous view of the peaks and valleys of what is arguably one of the most beautiful areas in the state, Buffalo County.

I was driving that stretch of road earlier this spring with friends and we made a random stop at a place called Hansen’s Hold Up. We couldn’t stop marveling at the view. We chatted a bit with the owners and discovered the property was actually for sale.

Let’s just say, there was electricity in that moment. It was a feeling I recognized from before. It’s the exact feeling I had when the idea of Vino in the Valley was first conceived. Could we recreate a similar energy to Vino in the Valley above the valley?

We’re going to give it a try! For 20 years Guy and Nancy Hansen have served a mix of locals and travelers great food and drink accompanied by a breathtaking view. We plan to continue their tradition serving a casual menu at the original bar (working name is Larry’s Lookout).

Then Vino Over the Valley will be built adjacent to the existing bar, offering same “good vino, good view and good vibes” our guests have come to expect at our original location!

We’ll officially assume ownership on September 28 and begin building an open air pavilion similar to our original. We hope to open as Vino Over the Valley in April of 2018.

I can’t wait to invite you all down for a visit. Soon, regardless of whether you prefer your vino and views from up top, or down below, we’ll be able to offer both!

Now Hiring for our Fall Season

As we near the end of August we’ll be saying goodbye to some of our staff as they head back to college. Thank you for a great summer, guys!

Because of this, we have a few positions to fill. We’re seeking bartenders, front desk, and runners (and some other positions as well) who are enthusiastic and service-oriented.

A great place to work during the most beautiful time of year. Plus employee discounts on food, beverage and gift shop, AND first in line for a more full-time job next season!  We can be very flexible in hours and you can work 1-2-3- or all 4 days…it’s up to you!

If you’re interested in joining our staff and working in a fun environment, please download an application here.

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Flames and Fine Fare!

Chef Clint is telling us that he’s ready to bust out of the kitchen and meet the fine folks that come to Vino in the Valley. We think he just wants to show off!

Regardless of the reason, it will be our guests who benefit most when our chef comes out of the kitchen for our “Flames and Fine Fare” event! Taking place Thursday evening, July 20, Chef Clint will be preparing two very special and unique dishes for our guests, right before their very eyes.

A mobile kitchen will be set up in the middle of the Vino in the Valley pavilion, and our kitchen team will dazzle you by preparing Portabella Ravioli and a special Steak Au Poivre right out front! Our kitchen’s secrets will finally be revealed; you might pick up a trick or two (and finally find out the secret ingredient that makes your favorite dish taste so great!).

Chef Clint is pretty excited for the event. “I’m looking forward to meeting the guests and for them to meet me. I want them to feel comfortable coming up and asking questions, making conversation, and just having some fun.”

You can expect a lot of flames, a lot of fun, and a lot of vino. Hmm, should we have a fire extinguisher on hand?

This is a one-time event you won’t want to miss! Vino in the Valley and the Bella Sera patio bar hours will be 5pm-10pm. Groups of 10 or more can make reservations by calling 715-639-6677.

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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!).

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