Saturday, September 7th, 2nd Round of Harvest

The Brianna has been picked and delivered to Prairie Crossing Winery thanks to all of the wonderful vineyard5volunteers that helped August 31st.  An estimate of 2500 lbs of organic Brianna were harvested!  To see pictures from the Brianna Harvest click here.

But wait, there’s more!  The GR-7 grape variety will be ready for picking this coming Saturday, September 7th at 8:00 am at the Black Squirrel.

Please R.S.V.P. if you would like to come to the free breakfast provided by Jolene Caldwell starting at 7:00.  Call (712) 566-2681 or email Jolene.

All volunteers will receive either a free bottle of wine or a gift certificate to Prairie Crossing Winery as a Thank You from the Black Squirrel Family.

Posted in 2013

Saturday, August 31st, 8:00 a.m. Harvest at the Black Squirrel

The date is set for the biggest harvest of one of our favorite grapes, the Brianna.  Picking starts at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, August 31st at the Black Squirrel Vineyard and Winery.

For those early-risers, a free breakfast starting at 7:00 (must call 712-566-2681 or email us to R.S.V.P. for the breakfast).

Black Squirrel Vineyard and Winery
Charles and Jolene Caldwell
18506 270 St
Council Bluffs, IA. 51503

Posted in 2013

Harvest Time Coming Soon!

grapes2It’s about that time, Harvest Time! Come and see what wine looks like on the vine.

We are now accepting reservations for the 2013 Grape Harvest. This is a free hands-on experience where you, individually or in a group, can pick off the ripe bunches that will one day fill your wine glass.

Participation in this unique event will include a free breakfast from 7-7:45 a.m. the morning of harvest and a free bottle of wine.

While the actually harvest date is yet to be determined by the grapes themselves, we have estimated that Harvest will be the last week of August thru the first week of September. There are many different varieties of grapes that may potentially ripen at different times so please call us now to make your reservation. *Harvest is usually done in the cool mornings but exceptions can be made for evening reservations.

Attached is the official 2013 Harvest flier. Help us spread the word!

Harvesting Flier

Contact Info:

Black Squirrel Vineyard and Winery

Jolene and Charles Caldwell

(712) 566-2681

Posted in 2013

Black Squirrel Vineyard on IPTV’s b. organic with Michele Beschen

Get a sneak peek at our feature on b. organic! The show airs tomorrow on PBS, featuring  some tips, benefits and some delicious recipes our favorite Aronia Berries.

Posted in 2011

Silver Medal at 2011 Loess Hills Fall Wine Festival

Black Squirrel Wine participated in the 2011 Loess Hills Fall Wine Festival on September 24. Among many excellent Iowa vineyard wines, we were honored with a Silver Medal! Many thanks to the Western Iowa Grape Growers Association and to all the participants for a wonderful event!


Posted in 2011

The Black Squirrel on IPTV’s

The Black Squirrel will be featured on Oct 29th, 2011.


Tune into Iowa Public Television on October 29th when The Black Squirrel will be featured and Michele Beschen will talk to Charlie Caldwell about aronia berries!

Visit IPTV’s website for more details here! 

Posted in 2011

Welcome to the Black Squirrel Vineyard

Black Squirrel Aronia Berries organic certified vineyardWe at The Black Squirrel Vineyard are certified organic and grow the best grapes and aronia berries in the region. Aronia berries are a native North American berry and contain an extraordinary amount of antioxidants, along with many other health benefits. Although it is native to this area, it was not used much by early European settlers, but several foreign nations have taken interest in it and it is currently one of the highest researched fruits at many universities. As we develop our site, we will include much more information about Aronia berries and the excellent benefits.

Posted in 2011