Fox Ridge Winery, located in the northern part of Tama County, will open for business on Saturday, May 15. Owners Mike and Gwen Seda started their vineyard back in 2004 when the first grapevines were planted. Since then, children, grandchildren and extended family members have gathered to plant and harvest the 4 grape varieties the Sedas now specialize in. Mike and Gwen have always ventured in alternative cropping; their farm is home to the Seda Tree Farm where families have gone for years to choose and cut their own Christmas tree. The acreage has also produced bushels of fruit from their orchard. With their savvy interest in non-traditional farming, the vineyard seemed to fit right in as Iowa is becoming a leader in grape production.
Fox Ridge currently produces 9 wine varieties, ranging from the sweeter flavors of both red and white, to the drier palates preferred by connoisseurs. Guests can sample the wines in the custom tasting room. Also available on site: Iowa meats, cheeses, chocolates and gift selection.
With the opening of Fox Ridge Winery, the area now has another option for event hosting. The winery features a banquet room that seats 100 comfortably with a kitchen and catering area. The outdoor deck and patio can accommodate an additional 100 guests, making the site ideal for a variety of events.
The winery can accommodate large groups including tour busses; advance notification is preferred.
Live entertainment is planned throughout the summer, including Bob Dorr and the Blue Band on Saturday, June 5th from 6-9pm.
Hours are Tuesday-Thursday 11am-4pm, Friday-Sunday 11am-6pm.
More information can be found at www.foxridgewine.com