Dry Varietals

A medium body dry red wine with notes of black cherry. Available in the Tasting Room and select retailers. $17.99

Dry red wine from the Noiret grape offering multiple layers of flavor with hints of pepper. $12.99
 

Seyval Blanc varietal finished in a bright, crisp style. $12.99
 

ARDON A

Lightly oaked, dry LaCrosse wine. Chardonnay style. $12.99
 

Rosemary's Rosé

In every family there is usually a relative or two who is loved dearly for who they are and how much they care for you and your family. Our family was lucky to have such a person.

In the 50s and 60s as we left “76” township to visit our mother’s first cousin, we knew our visit would be a great time because of this extraordinary woman.

This Rose is dedicated to this woman and others like her … Cheers, Rosemary!

Please enjoy this semi-sweet Rose blend of Ardon Creek-grown Noiret and Catawba varietals.

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Cranston Berry

This semi-sweet wine is dedicated to the small unincorporated town of Cranston, Iowa – 1 mile south and 2 miles west of Ardon Creek winery.

My most significant memory of this town was the general store. It had a single wooden floor aisle with shelves clear to the ceiling. There were wooden & glass display cases, a post office window and a pop cooler. The proprietor had to use a long extension pole with a gripper to reach the tall shelves.

As adolescents, we would ride our bikes to the store and charge items to our parent’s account like candy, matches and popsicles! However there were times when the monthly bill exceeded our parent’s expectations! Here’s to the carefree joys of childhood!

Please enjoy this semi-sweet grape wine with natural cranberry flavorings

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Holiday White

This sweet white wine produced exclusively from LaCrosse grapes grown in the Ardon Creek Vineyard is offered to you and to yours, to help give thanks for what we have, celebrate what we cherish, and reflect on what we have yet to do!

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Artesian White

The gravel roads in 76 township are groomed and maintained, as they are in most Iowa townships, by the person referred to as the “Maintainer Man”. Assuredly, this job has many challenges to it, ie: navigating traffic, dealing with dust from the gravel and the hot summer sun, etc.

Decades ago, as the story goes, one industrious “Maintainer Man” found a way to address at least the hot summer sun. An artesian well was located just a few yards off of one of the gravel roads he maintained. This is a well bored perpendicularly into an underground stream causing a constant flow of cool water through the pipe.

Allegedly, this gentleman would insert a six pack of beer one at a time into the artesian well pipe, capping it off with a brick. This afforded him a cool beer to pop up each time he removed the brick. Here’s to American ingenuity!!

Slightly effervescent white wine crafted from Seyval Blanc grapes.

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Red 52

On October 20th during the drought of 1952, a Milwaukee line freight train steamed through “76” township toward the town of Ardon, setting the countryside ablaze by spewing sparks from its locomotive. Area farmers with hitched plows crashed through their closed gates to head off the firewall. With the help of several surrounding area fire departments, they put out the fire, limiting damage to hearth and home. Red 52 is offered to commemorate the brave efforts of the area farmers and fire departments. It truly does take a village!

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Jonnycakes

As a youth, my father pointed out to me a depression along 260th road which was made by the stagecoaches as they traversed through “76” Twp. during the mid to late 1800’s. One intersects with this stagecoach trail one mile south of the Ardon Creek Winery. Go left or angle right and you will experience the curves and undulations of the trail.

Even modern day road engineering has not extinguished this stagecoach route which typically followed American Indian and buffalo trails, along the ridges of hills, and across the prairies. (No one mile square road sections in that area!)

The route was a leg which connected Muscatine, Letts, Columbus City, Washington, and finally Des Moines. Stagecoach lines suffered bandit robberies, Indian attacks, prairie fires, mires in mud and the occasional turnover. – Yes in Iowa!

Jonnycakes were a treat that was sold to stagecoach riders as they passed through town.

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Old Brick Red

Old Brick Red wine is offered to commemorate the original St. Malachy’s red brick church, built in 1854. Once a month, a priest from Washington, Iowa would stay overnight with one of the parish families and say mass on Sunday at St. Malachy’s.

The site of this building was 50 yards south of the current Ardon Creek Winery. The bricks were fired from clay taken from the west side of Independence Avenue, 1/4 of a mile north from our winery. In 1902, the current St. Malachy’s Church was constructed 1 mile east of the original red brick structure. The original building was razed in 1981.

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Sweet Reward

A Toast to Love, Hope & Family!

In 1847, John Furlong left Ireland and the devastation of the “Great Potato Famine” for a new life in America. Arriving a starving immigrant in New York, he worked at both a tannery and a dairy.

Johanna Cosgrove also immigrated from Ireland as a young woman, travelling on a difficult journey with the support of her two married in 1852.

Looking for adventure and more opportunity, the couple moved west with their invalid son, Johnnie, settling in the small Iowa 76 township where Ardon Creek is located today.

John and Johanna were my great grandparents. With this wine we celebrate their simple love story, their optimism and their sense of adventure that allows their legacy to continue.

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Nouveau

Ardon Creek’s Nouveau is crafted in the spirit of traditional French Nouveau wines. The grapes are picked by hand and the wine is fresh, youthful and fruity and designed to be ready to drink within weeks of harvest.

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Ardon Depot White

The town of Ardon is located 1 1/2 miles east of Ardon Creek Vineyard & Winery. Ardon was established around the new Milwaukee rail line (1902). The central building of Ardon was its depot, which was the building to facilitate better transportation of people, mail, and livestock for surrounding townships. The first depot was built in 1902, then burnt down in 1917. It was rebuilt in the summer of 1918. Its use declined with more flexible transportation in the late 40s. in 1956, the depot was moved to its current location, south of Ardon Creek Winery and serves as a community hall.

Cheers to our forefathers who saved this grand old structure!

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Commission Man Red

One of the interesting phenomenons of growing up in our township serviced by the Ardon Depot was shipping livestock to the Chicago Union Station Stockyards (1865-1971).

Part of this phenomenon was the need for the area farmer to have a commission man sell livestock to one of the packing houses. In our case, being of Irish descent, we use an Irish commission man and my wife’s family of German descent would use a German commission man. Every so often the farmer (sometimes with kids in tow) would ride the train with his livestock to meet the commission man and be part of the process.

The Irish and German farmers would often stay overnight at their respective commission man’s home.

As a youth being able to go on one of these trips was considered a badge of honor, theoretical maturity and the occasional brag. Here is to fading vestige of our past!

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Lace Curtain White

“Lace Curtain” is an old Irish phrase used primarily in this country. It was supposed to describe those who perhaps were putting on airs or making themselves feel better by hanging lace curtains in their home.

Whether those using this phrase were accurate or just idle jealous talk – at Ardon Creek we believe, from time to time, it is just fine to reward one’s self after an especially tough day or week.

Instead of hanging some lace curtains in your window, why not simply reach for a refreshing glass of Lace Curtain White Wine! Reward Yourself!

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Chancellor

Albert Seibel, a French physician and viticulturist, developed Chancellor in France Circa 1860 in response to the Phylloxera outbreak which devasted the grape harvest in Europe during this period. It is a French-American hybrid grape. This variety is winter hardy to a -15°F to -20°F.

Ardon Creek Vineyard planted 1/2 acre of Chancellor in 2007. It can be a challenging varietal to grow however, Ardon Creek’s 2011 Chancellor turned out excellent!

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