Danenberger Family vineyards

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

OUR VINEYARDS

traminette:

A Gewurtztraminer hybrid that produces excellent wines similar to Gewurtztraminer with much more winter hardiness. Wine can be made dry or sweet, with hints of floral, spicy, perfume and lavendar. It pairs well with spicy Asian or Thai cuisine.

Regent:

The wine color is an intensive red, with moderate acidity and lots of tannins. Cherry and black currant aromas are inviting. I have been impressed with its disease resistance.

noiret:

This distinctive red wine is richly colored and has notes of green and black pepper, with raspberry and mint aromas, and a fine tannin structure. It has many of the Pinot Noir & Syrah characteristics in a cold tolerant grape. I use it in our Rosé.

about our plots:

Some have said that you can’t grow quality wine grapes in Central Illinois, but they don’t know our secrets. Hundreds of our Vinifera, French-American hybrids and American hybrid vines can’t be wrong. They love the minerals in our soil and the constant breeze keeping them disease-free. The added bonus is our special organic fertilizer with a top-secret technique.

Our attention to detail thoughout the season results in the quality that you see at harvest.

We started out with a small plot, testing the waters with red grapes: Noiret, Marquette, Regent, Corot Noir and Marchel Foch. We have since expanded that plot: Cabernet Franc, Oberlin Noir, and an exciting new hybrid from Cornell University that is yet to be named. Our newest plot contains white grapes: Traminette. This spot has fondly received the name “Aura Aria”, by our son Gannon, due to the melodic sound that the wind makes when blowing through the trellising. The name will continue to live on in our future sweet and semi-sweet wines.

In keeping with our modern twist, we chose to orient our Traminette plot on a SW/NE angle, instead of running it north/south. This takes advantage of the prevailing winds that blow southwest here, causing the shoots to be longer and streamlined, and capturing the maximum solar radiation earlier in the day (reducing the incidence of sunburn).

  • DESAGACÉ plot

  • Aura aria plot

oberlin noir:

This grape is widely planted in France, mostly in the Beaujolais region, producing a somewhat rustic red wine with good aging capability. It is becoming another favorite in our wines. 

marquette:

Wines made with Marquette have an attractive deep red color, with aromas of cherry, black pepper, spice, black currant, and berry. Best as a medium-bodied red table wine. 

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arandell:

Cornell University hybrid, NY-95;

This dark red wine is very enjoyable, with a clean light aroma, good structure and mouthfeel and blueberry fruit character.

Cabernet Franc:
Susan's favorite grape;
Produces blue-black berries yielding a very aromatic red wine that is softer than the wines of Cabernet Sauvignon. It is also used as a blend in Bordeaux style wines.
Emits hints of Green pepper, tea, cherry clove dill, voilet, spice & berry

Our grapes