If you want to spend an afternoon or evening exploring the rural countryside just off the lake, make plans to visit the lake area’s newest vineyard.  

   Everleigh Vineyards and Brewing Company inhabits 130 acres of field and forest off Rt. 33 about 12 minutes from much of the lake. The business includes nearly five acres of grapevines and an almost 4,000 sq. ft. tasting and special event facility that features soaring windows that look out on the vineyard and stunning sunsets. 

   Joe and Barbara Evers are the owners and their son, Ryan, 30, is in charge of the beer brewing and cider making. There are 12 taps that offer a variety of beverages.

    Wines produced at Everleigh include Cab Franc (100% varietal), Meritage (75% Cab Franc 24% petit Verdot 1% merlot), Chardonel (100% still white), a rose Chardonel/Cab Franc blend and a Champagne style (100% chardonel).

  Ryan brews the family beer on premises as well. Everything from lagers to brown ales can be found in the taps. The ciders are also crafted on site and are offered in traditional dry and flavored options.

  The tasting room is newly constructed and features a modern design with ample open spaces. There are two upstairs indoor/outdoor spaces that look out over the vineyard that are available first come first serve, but can be rented individually or by the pair. There’s even a baby grand piano in the tasting room and encourage talented folks to play.

  So what do the Evers want a visitor to say after the visit?

  “The wines, beer and cider were excellent, the staff was friendly and welcoming, the tasting room was unique and takes your breath away. I can’t wait to come back.”

  Barbara noted, “This business is truly a family affair. All four of our children and daughter-in-law play important roles. We love being able to see and support each other.”