Over 450 million years ago, the land that is now northern Illinois was at the bottom of a sea. Thousands of years later, glaciers crossed the land, exposing some of the limestone rocks from this ancient seabed. As grapes were planted and trellis posts erected, sea fossils began to emerge. The “famous” fossil is a recepticulite or sea sponge and is on display in our tasting room.
Ken and Pam view their land as a living and self-sustaining organism. Biodynamic sprays and compost teas are used to build plant and soil strength, beneficial insects and native songbirds help control pests, cultivation and cover crops help control weeds. A corner of the farm is left for wildlife habitat and a stream meanders through the 22 acres. The Winery itself is built with structured insulated panels and features underground cool rooms, triple pane passive solar windows, a high velocity heating/cooling system, a tankless water heater, formaldehyde-free and low VOC materials and many other energy efficient features.
It is our desire to present a place of beauty that inspires joy and relaxation, to live in harmony with all life and to make wine that is naturally expressive of our land, our climate and our culture.