Danenberger Family vineyards

12341 Irish Road New Berlin, IL | 217-488-6321

What is a “tasting”? What does it cost and why?

A tasting is a sample of the wines that we currently have for sale. “Tasting fees” are what wineries charge to taste their wines. Due to IL Liquor laws, we are not allowed to distribute free alcohol. ALLTastings/Samples must be charged for. 

Our tastings range from a splash to a one-ounce pour. The total tasting fees range from $1-$10, depending on how many of our delicious wines that you would like to taste.  We realize this is an inconvenience for both you and DFV. The State of IL requires taxes to be paid for every drop and if the bottom line doesn’t add up, then it is "bye-bye DFV” and the doors get shut permanently. We wouldn't want that to happen now, would we? Where else are you going to hang out on gorgeous days with wonderful wine? We thank you in advance for your civic duty!

What are the dogs’ names? How old are they, etc?

We have four Siberian Huskies. They have their own page on this site!They are a friendly pack. The two oldest, Keira (light grey) and Snowman (white) are sister and brother. Keira is the alpha. Her niece is Kiko (black) and she is 6. The final one is Desna (smallest), and she is new to the pack. They have been trying to teach her a few manners, but being the young one, she is not always paying attention. They are quite good at catching birds and keeping them from eating the grapes, and they fully believe that they are the greeters here at DFV.

When is the best time to visit?

If you are looking for a quiet afternoon with intimate conversation and one-on-one assistance with our Tasting Room Server or with our Winemaker, then we recommend afternoons on Thursday & Friday. However, if you are looking for more interaction with other visitors, we recommend visiting on Saturday or Sunday afternoons.

Do you take reservations?

We do take reservations in the Gazebo and the Depot for a nominal fee. Please contact Grace to check our calendar.
Otherwise, Seating is first come, first serve. We have noticed that the Gazebo is always a particular favorite among our visitors.

Do you allow Bridal or Baby Showers?

Unfortunately, it is very difficult to accommodate these events during our regular hours, unless it is a booked event in our private tasting room. It is our goal to be fair to all of our guests, and allowing these events in other areas during regular business hours has caused issues in the past, so we ask that you please plan and book these types of events well in advance. 

Are large group parties allowed during business hours?
We encourage our guests to come to the winery and spend some time; however, we are not a banquet facility or a bar and we ask that you please reserve well in advance. We have a 35 person capacity for our Indoor Tasting Room and want to be able to accommodate all our guests. Most of our Outdoor areas are designed for smaller groups, as well, but we can combine several areas for a party, if you would like to book an event in advance. Please contact Grace if you have any questions about this policy. If you are wanting to host a special event, after hours, we would love to talk with you about our areas, to see if they will meet your needs.

Do you accept credit cards?

Yes, we accept Visa, MasterCard, & Discover. We do not accept checks.

Do you serve/sell pizzas?

While we do have an outdoor pizza oven, we do not serve pizzas on a regular basis. We currently have local chef Denise Perry from CopperPot Cooking Studio catering food here on Sundays. Come enjoy HER wood-fired pizzas!

Can I bring a picnic? Can I bring my own drinks?

Small picnics are great for some of our areas Thursday thru Saturday. Coolers are not allowed on our premises.

We now have an enclosed area for unpleasant weather! It brings the outdoors in, without the side effects! Please feel free to bring cheese, crackers, packaged items to eat outside while you are enjoying our wine. Food is not allowed inside the tasting room, the Private Barrel Room. They are small spaces and are set up for wine tastings.

Outside alcohol is strictly prohibited by IL Liquor Control anywhere on DFV property. This activity could jeopardize our license. Any outside alcohol that is brought onto the property will be confiscated, or you will be asked to leave immediately.

Do you allow buses / RVs?

We are a small, family-owned winery and do not have the facilities or staff to accommodate bus tours or RV parking.

Do you sell your wine to local liquor stores?

We do sell at a few local spots, that have supported our vision! Please support their philosophy and shop LOCAL!

Can I smoke at DFV?

Under the State of Illinois Smoke-Free Act, we are an establishment that is devoted to the serving of alcoholic beverages, so smoking is not allowed at DFV. Although we do have a several outdoor areas, they are all open to the public, and as such, smoking is not allowed in these areas per Sangamon County. This includes the Outdoor Tasting Room, the Gazebo, on the Terraces, the Depot or in the Bocce Ball court.

How do you feel about Concealed Carry at DFV?

Carrying a firearm is prohibited at a winery (or an establishment deriving more than half of its profits from alcohol) in the state of IL. The firearm may be stored in your locked vehicle, out of plain sight. Please refer to the Illinois State Police website for more information. http://www.isp.state.il.us/

Why aren’t you open in the evening?

We are a small, artisan winery and making unique, quality wine in Illinois is our main goal. Our winemaker, Susan, spends many extra hours outside of the tasting room working in the vineyard and in the production room to produce her art from grape to bottle. Evening hours are available for private events or special occasions, for a fee.

Do you donate wine?

No. DFV is a working, family winery & vineyard. As a small, family-owned business, we can only accommodate a certain number of the many donation requests we receive. Because of liquor laws, WE CANNOT DONATE ALCOHOL.
Each year’s harvest varies to weather and economic situations.

We do believe in giving back and sharing. Therefore, we focus on supporting local community nonprofit organizations that have meaning in our lives and need some attention. We avoid donating to events where the primary audience is under 21 years of age. You must be registered with the Illinois' Attorney General's Office.  If looking for a donation, please send a request on your organization's letterhead at least one month before the event date to susan@dfv-wines.com

Do all your grapes come from your vineyard?

We can produce enough grapes for about 25% of our wine, so we do have to bring in some to make the quantity that we would like. We love supporting local, so the majority of our grapes come from our lovely state of Illinois. We have developed relationships with a few quality growers that keep us informed with the yield size, pruning, irrigation and other winemaking aspects, like Brix, pH and TA. We hope to expand our vineyards over time to help with our demand.