Grande River Vineyards announces new release, wine club and dinner

Grande River Vineyards in Palisade has released five new wines and launched a new Legacy Wine Club.

A wine dinner also is planned for January at the nearby Wine Country Inn to introduce the new releases.

“We’re giving our new wine club members a preview of our first releases,” said Richard Tally, president of Ten Acre Winery, which will operate under the Grande River Vineyards brand. “Our Wine Country Inn Executive Chef Chad Griffith is designing a menu especially to showcase those wines.”

Richard and Jean Tally, owners of the Wine Country Inn, purchased Grande River Vineyards earlier this year.

Richard Tally said Legacy Wine Club members who sign up on the new website at will sample the 2019 aromella and cabernet franc as well as the 2020 merlot, riesling nonvintage and primitivo wines. A 2018 sauvignon blanc soon will follow.

Former Grande River Vineyard wine club members must log on to the new website and join as new members. 

A full lineup of varietals will be released in the spring. Other releases are scheduled for March, June and September.

Rainer Thoma, winemaker and Ten Acre Farms vineyard manager, said bottling is under way and he expects a soft opening early in December in time for holiday gifts. “Watch our website and social media for an announcement that we are open for business.”

Manager Dan Vice said the Tallys and staff have upgraded infrastructure as well as renovated and refurbished the tasting room and loft.

The upstairs lounge area will serve as a space for food service created by Griffith. The area will be available for rental for events and meetings as well as for friends who’d like to gather for a flight of wine.

The staff also is organizing displays of wine paraphernalia as well as cooking aids, logo goods and specialty foods.

“While we honor our legacy as an historic winery, we are a totally new winery operation,” Vice said. “I think our patrons will be happy with the upgrade.”

The inaugural Legacy Wine Club dinner is set for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Wine Country Inn. 

The event will be open to Legacy Wine Club members only. Admission is $80. A room rate of $108 also will be available for lodging. Reservations are available only by telephone by calling 464-5777.