Thursday, July 28, 2011

NEW UPDATE - iPick...iStomp...iDrink - Harvest Opportunity!


Each year our fans ask if they can help us with harvest, stomp grapes, and then drink some wine.  So, in response we’re pleased to announce four Saturdays (grape ripening and weather dependent, of course) where you and your friends can come out to our vineyard (Brickyard Hill Vineyard, approximately 4 miles west of the winery) and join us for the harvest.

LAST HARVEST DATE: We now have 35 additional spaces open for the September 10th harvest date!  

The September 17th harvest date is cancelled due to earlier than anticipated ripening.  If you've already signed up for that date you can join us on Sept 10th. 

- NEW DATE - urgent need -- SUNDAY, August 21
August 27  (FULL)
September 3 - (FULL)
September 10 (OPEN) - Last Harvest Date of 2011
September 17 - CANCELLED

Where: Brickyard Hill Vineyard (Marengo, IA)
When: New times - 7:30am-noon (at the vineyard); then back to the winery for lunch
What: Join us from 7:30am to noon at the vineyard and help us harvest our 11+ acres of grapes.  Bring hat, gloves, sunscreen and snacks.  Afterwards (around noon) we’ll meet at the winery where we’ll provide you with a lunch, free bottle of wine (for those 21 or older), grape stomp, production tour (you can help us during the crush operations, if you’d like), and a 2011 "iPick iStomp iDrink" - harvest t-shirt.


Must be at least 15 years old to receive above; and 21 and older to receive the complementary bottle of wine.

What to Bring?  Its a good idea to wear a long sleeved t-shirt as you'll be fishing around the vines to find the berries (not required but suggested).  Check the weather reports before you leave - might want to have a jacket for the cool morning and shorts and t-shirts for later in the morning and later on for the STOMP.  Some people wear gloves.  Insect repellant.  Snacks.  Take a break when you need. Water.  

Directions to Brickyard Hill Vineyard:

Reference Start Point – Marengo, Iowa (US-6)

  1. US-6 – Drive WEST of Marengo (just out of town)
  2. Turn LEFT (South) on L Ave (County Hwy V-62), a gravel road.  (NOTE: there will be a grain CO-OP at the corner of US-6 and V-62. 
  3. Drive approximately 1 mile and take the first gravel road on your RIGHT ( 160th St .).  As you travel on 160th St. you’ll notice farm buildings and grain silos.  Continue on 160th for about ¼ mile.   
  4. Take the first turn to the LEFT (about ¼ mile from the last turn) on Kk Ave.   You’ll begin to climb a hill. 
  5.  Within about 400 yards you’ll notice a Vineyard on the hill.  Turn LEFT into the grass entrance to the vineyard
  6.  Follow the path up the hill and park on top.  There will be other cars and Fireside Winery staff there to direct.  
  7. IF YOU GET LOST – call Brad at 319-329-1509

REGISTER NOW: LIMITED SPACE -- Send a note to Brad Johnson at to save your spot.  Please identify the date(s) you’d like to attend and the number and names of those in your party.

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