Crimson Sunset is a production only winery & cidery. No tasting room/retail location. If you are looking for a certain wine or hard cider please text Lisa at 563-495-0842 OR email Lisa or Kevin at email@example.com and we would be more than happy to help you! Thank you!
ABOUT OUR WINE:
Our wine is truly handcrafted as most wines are single barrel and the biggest is only 80 gallons. There is minimal intervention, it is never pumped or filtered and we never add cane sugar or water to any of our wines. With the exception of 3 blends from our own experimental vineyard everything is single varietal, and captures the character of that grape. There is a range from sweet to dry so everybody's palate can be pleased.
The grapes are guided through the process to wine with minimal intervention, and never pumped or filtered along the way. We only add what is necessary for great wine, and never cane sugar or water.
*****Our goal was always to be an estate winery (all of our own grapes) with all certified organic grapes. In 2012 our area had a severe drought which significantly reduced our grape load and wine for the 2012 vintage. Unfortunately because of the severity of the drought in 2012 we saw even more reduced crop load in 2013. In 2013 we were anticipating over 1500 gallons it was supposed to be our biggest vintage to date but because of the drought of 2012, our 2013 vintage was less than 500 gallons. We didn't want to purchase grapes or juice for our wines since we had worked for so many years to be an estate winery and all of our grapes are organic that we got into hard ciders, to be able to keep our wines estate. Since we have been growing grapes and focusing our efforts on grapevines and vineyards we did not have any apple trees. Therefore we source them locally (within 100 miles, in Wisconsin). We did graft and plant 1,000 trees in 2015 and will be grating their 3rd union in 2018 which will be the fruit portion of the future trees, the apples currently sourced for all of our ciders are not organic.******
Wines Currently Available:
Lacrosse- SOLD OUT
Frontenac Gris- SOLD OUT
Lacrescent- SOLD OUT
Swenson White- SOLD OUT
White Velvet- SOLD OUT
Kevin and Lisa are fervently dedicated to the quality of their wine, and only use grapes grown by themselves.
ABOUT OUR CRAFT HARD APPLE CIDERS:
***The apples are sourced locally but are not organic.***
We are fortunate to have our hard apple ciders on tap at the following locations:
Need Pizzeria- Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Parlor City Pub & Eatery- Cedar Rapids, Iowa
The Cellar Peanut Pub Pella- Pella, Iowa
The Cellar Peanut Pub Oskaloosa- Oskaloosa, Iowa
Sanctuary Pub- Iowa City, Iowa
The Iowa Taproom- Des Moines, Iowa
el Bait Shop- Des Moines, Iowa
The Royal Mile- Des Moines, Iowa
The Hessen Haus- Des Moines, Iowa
Franklin Street Brewery- Manchester, Iowa
The Ladora Bank Bistro- Ladora, Iowa
Black Sheep Social Club- Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Ramsey's Wine Bistro- Marion, Iowa
Lucky Penny- Hiawatha, Iowa
Graze- Iowa City, Iowa
The Jitney- Monticello, Iowa
Uncle Harry's Five & Dime- Cedar Falls, Iowa
Beck's Taproom Grill- Waterloo, Iowa
Northside Bistro- Iowa City, Iowa
Reds Public House- Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Jameson's Public House- Waterloo, Iowa
Our winery/cidery is in an off-grid facility powered by a one kilowatt wind turbine and a 3800 watt solar array consisting of 15 panels. There is a 3500 pound battery bank for storage, and a 6 kilowatt inverter for DC to AC power conversion so all the electricity is like a normal building. The hot water is produced using a combination of a solar hot water panel built by Kevin, wood, and electricity from the off-grid system (now also have gas backup). An outdoor wood stove produces the heat, and the air conditioning is from a 2.5 ton geo system with loop field. Much of the building project was completed by Kevin and Lisa themselves and started in March of 2010. The stonework and landscaping was completed with the use of stone quarried near the building along with the base rock for the three-fourths of a mile lane.
Welcome to Crimson Sunset Vineyards, Winery & Cidery
If you need anything please contact Lisa at 563-495-0842 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!