The 7th Annual Rush River Folk Festival returns to Vino in the Valley

The 7th Annual Rush River Folk Festival will take place at Vino in the Valley, Maiden Rock, WI, on Saturday, September 5. Three regional musical acts will provide two-hour outdoor concerts during the event, with tasty Italian food, wine, and other beverages available for enjoyment.

Now Offering BYOBlanket – Takeout Picnic

Picnic in the vineyard? Or down by the river? Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?! We’re now offering a BYOBlanket dining option!

If you prefer to take advantage of our vast outdoor space, instead of dining in our pavilion, simply place a take-out order at our front desk. You’ll be given a pager that alerts you when your order is ready. Grab your food and a bottle of wine and find a cozy spot to enjoy your meal. And if your bottle runs dry or your sweet tooth needs a little somethin’, make your way back up to our front desk and we’ll be happy to place another order for you.

Now Open for the 2020 Season!

It’s been a long time coming and we’re happy to announce we’re re-opening this Saturday, May 23!

The safety of our staff and customers are always our #1 concern. Here’s what we have planned to keep everyone safe this summer:

• Social distancing practices will be encouraged
• Sanitizing/cleaning will be taking place constantly
• Staff PPE per local health department recommendations
• Removing every other table from our pavilion
• Spacing out the stools at both bars

👏👏New this year! Guests are welcome to BYOB (no, not bottle…blankets!), order take-out from our front desk, and have a magical picnic on the grounds, in the vineyard, or by the river. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?!

We’re fortunate to have such a vast outdoor space here in our little Valley – which is why most of you love coming here. We are committed to maintaining the safest environment possible for our guests and staff – and we thank you for joining us in this effort. We hope to see you soon!

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, 2019 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 22! Or by calling 715-639-6677.

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.

Red, White, and Blues at Vino in the Valley

Great wine, delicious food, and fireworks… Commemorate the Independence Day holiday by joining us for Red, White and Blues on Thursday, July 4. With extended hours – opening at noon!

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 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!

Serving up our full menu (plus, it’s Thursday Steak Night!). The last seating of the night will be at 9pm (our staff wants to take in the fireworks, too!).

Have a glass of wine on us! Join us from 12-2pm and get a free glass of wine or beer with an entree purchase. Cheers!

There’s no admission charge for our fireworks display. Sorry, no carry-on allowed on the grounds.

Vino in the Valley hosts 10th 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, May 31, 2019, 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, an art exhibit, 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.

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 will not begin until 8:00pm on Friday, May 31. Our outdoor bar, Bella Sera, will be open beginning at 5:00 pm if guests would like to come down to enjoy some wine, music, wagon rides, and the grounds 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.

The 6th Annual Rush River Folk Festival returns to Vino in the Valley

On Saturday, May 25, 2019 music fans and others who love outdoor events in Wisconsin will assemble in Maiden Rock for the 6th annual Rush River Folk Festival. All who attend will enjoy exquisitely prepared food, drinks, and live outdoor music in a lush river valley setting, from 1pm until sunset. This annual event is hosted by Vino and the Valley, a perfect place for friends and family to get away from it all close to home and enjoy music from an outdoor stage, tasty food and beverages, and the beautiful spring feel of a day outdoors at a premium location. There is no cover charge for admission to this event.

Davey J

The headlining musical act for Rush River 6 is Davey J (David Jones), the founder of the Rush River Folk Festival. Davey J is known around the Chippewa Valley and beyond for his creative projects as a musician, songwriter, and music scholar. His radio show, Jazz, Blues, and Beyond, can be heard on Converge Radio in Eau Claire (99.9 FM).  Davey J’s newest creative venture is a soundstage and screening room for independent musicians and filmmakers, Davey J’s Garage, located in historic Banbury Place, a converted factory in downtown Eau Claire. As a musician, Davey J’s accomplished songwriting is documented in the six original music CDs he has released over a twenty year period: Chippewa Love (2015), Visions (2013), Hippie Child (2011), What is the Meaning of Parsley (2002), and Jones Tones Featuring Davey J (1998).  His versatility and smooth, passionate delivery across the genres of folk, blues, rock, and reggae is on display at every performance, driven by his signature rhythmic style of acoustic-electric guitar and a highly expressive vocal style.

Lonesome Dan Kase

Lonesome Dan Kase makes a first-time appearance on the stage at the Rush River Folk Festival. As a teenager growing up in rural southern Michigan, Lonesome Dan Kase happened upon a radio show called the “Blues Cruise,” broadcast out on Ann Arbor. Although he had picked up the guitar a year or so before, when he began hearing artists like Reverend Gary Davis and Robert Johnson, he quickly became hooked on the country blues. Like many of the blues musicians from the early 1900’s that are his biggest influences, Lonesome Dan developed his musical art traveling around the country busking on street corners. After spending time in California and New Mexico, Lonesome Dan ended up in Denver, Colorado, In 2001, Lonesome Dan moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and immediately began playing shows as a solo act. Within a year, he formed a band called the Crush Collision Trio, and since then, Lonesome Dan has become a fixture in the thriving Twin Cities blues scene, with guitar technique that is influenced by boogie-woogie and blues piano, classic folk and ragtime piano, and blues guitarists from the Mississippi to Chicago.

Matt Yetter

Matt Yetter is also a first-time performer at the festival. His rootsy style of guitar, voice, and harmonica is the real deal; he is an old-school, slide guitar playing, harmonica-tooting country blues artist who characterizes music as “a way of making a connection to everybody all at once.” An established Minnesota musician for more than 30 years, Matt discovered he could sing in 2010 after years of playing electric lead guitar and mandolin in bands. His stage show is steeped in passion and virtuosity with his resophonic slide guitar, harmonica, and newfound vocal skills. Regularly playing old-time blues from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s all around Minneapolis, Matt has created his own niche – a vibe that’s hard to come across anywhere else. Like many other jazz and blues musicians, Matt’s ideology is to “carry on the tradition of the music, do your own versions of some of the classic songs and make them your own, as well as contribute to the tradition.” That’s what he’s doing, from the jangle and slide of his guitar and the croon of his harmonica to his rich, compelling vocals.

Little Wing

The festival opens with regional favorites Little Wing, led by Faith Ulwelling, who is well-known around the Chippewa Valley, Durand, and Maidenrock as the powerful lead singer for Left Wing Bourbon.  Her vocal skills have a deep range of influences, from Aretha Franklin and Etta James to Janis Joplin and Chaka Khan. She will perform in a duo format as Little Wing, joined by guitarist Tim Caswell. Performing acoustically, Little Wing is a confluence of regional musical streams, with elements of jazz, soul, blues, and funk combining for a supreme folk music experience.

The 6th annual Rush River Folk Festival will provide an awesome day of music, food, and friends. Join us!

Celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend at Vino in the Valley

Moms…we love them (and really, 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 Saturday, May 11, from 3-10 pm and Sunday, May 12, from 11–5 pm (get your reservations in now for groups of 10 or more… they’re going fast!). For Mom, we’ve got free flowers and free dessert both days!

On Saturday evening, enjoy our full menu, music by Beebe & Keeley, and horse-drawn wagon rides (horses will be here from 5-8pm)! On Sunday, enjoy our fabulous buffet, music by the Karina Kern Duo, and tractor-pulled wagon rides.

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