Backroad Vineyard is a small, family owned vineyard located in the beautiful rolling countryside of Orion, Illinois.
Established in 2009, the intent of the Belshause Family was to transform the hills and cornfields into something that every person would be able to visit and feel at home. We look forward to being an essential destination of anyone looking to experience the best of what Quad Cities Vineyards have to offer.
Since 2009, Backroad Vineyard has taken huge steps towards our ultimate goal of becoming an Illinois winery. In 2011 we became members of the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association, and are now linked on their website listing all of the Illinois Vineyards and Wineries. In addition to expanding our grape population every year, we also offer to sell custom amounts of grapes to aspiring vintners.
News And Updates:
August 29, 2016: Grape pickers wanted!
We will be having our first harvest weekend this Friday, Sept 2, 3pm - dark; Sat & Sun, Sept 3 & 4, 8am - 6pm; and Monday, Sept 5, 8am - done. Come for all or just for an afternoon. Pickers will be compensated for their work based upon the total amount of grapes picked. For more information or to sign up, please contact Marty @ 309-781-4468.
August 8, 2016: Backroad Vineyard is excited to announce that Ron, Nancy, Gloria, Marty, and Henry Belshause are the new owners of Lavender Crest Winery! All grapes grown at Backroad Vineyard will now be going directly into future wines at Lavender Crest! July 18, 2016: Reserve your spot now! Pick locally grown Illinois grapes to make your own custom wine. Choose LaCrescent, Frontentac, and Marquette varietals. Call 309-781-4468 February, 2016: The grapes are dormant, but this is a good time to be thinking about procuring grapes for your upcoming wine-making. This year we will be offering pick-your-own grapes. Just give us a call for details and we'll reserve you a bucket and clippers. 309-781-4468 Sept. 16, 2015: Harvest complete! March 10, 2015: Dormant grape pruning finished and a work analysis completed to determine our efficiency.
February 6th, 2014: In what has seemed like an exceptionally long and brutal winter, we here
are "Backroad Vineyard" are hoping that spring is right around the
corner! Enjoy some photos below of the vineyard in the snow, and some of our
favorite ones from 2013 that brings the promise that spring will
(hopefully) be here before you know it.
August 30th, 2013 - September 3rd, 2013: With great anticipation we were finally able to harvest our La Crescent grapes. It took 3 days in the sweltering heat, but we were able to harvest 6,668 pounds and deliver them to Lavender Crest Winery.
Click here to see the pictures! August 22nd, 2013 - August 23rd, 2013: The first harvest began with grapes we never thought we would have any product from. We thinned the Frontenac grapes to give them another year to establish their roots, but their vigorous vines had other plans. We had a nice surprise of 1,103 pounds of grapes.
Click here to see the pictures!
Want to make your own wine? We offer our LaCrescent, Frontenac, & Marquette grapes in custom amounts for your personal use! Click HERE to find out more!
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