A romantic rural wine-country experience just outside of Lexington Nebraska, Mac’s Creek Winery and Vineyard offers a variety of quality wines. Their landscaping on the flat Nebraskan horizon is reminiscent of history and tradition, it contains elements such as an old grinding stone. Their label design includes the Highland Scottish McFarlane clan motto and crest. The clan was a group of ancient Celts that lived along the western shores of Loch Lomond and fought the English crown.
The amiable McFarland family owns and operates this small 12-acre vineyard and winery. A Nebraskan farming family, multiple generations assist with the daily running of the business. A local favorite and source of community pride, Lexington residents often bring guests to savor the unparalleled experience of this winery.
They planted their first vines in 2000. They cultivate ten red and white varietals including LaCrescent, Edelweiss, Brianna, LaCrosse, and Marachel Foch. Their dedication to the culture of winemaking is evident in their practices. Experienced at taking their cues from Mother Nature, previous generations grew corn in Nebraska. The McFarlands still handpick their fruit and ensure that the crush is done expediently and professionally. Immediately harvested from the surrounding vineyard, they weigh their daily yields. They then use a stainless steel crusher and de-stemmer machine to prepare the fruit for the press and within minutes the fruit juice is chilled and stored.
Their vintages carry clever names like Celtic Mist, Buzzard’s Roost, and Buffalo Wallow. Their award winning 2009 “Mac’s Lantern”, named after an ancient Celtic legend about the moon, is heralded for the rich cherry tones of their Frontenac. They create vintages across the wine gamut; reds, whites, blushes, and dessert wines. Several have won international accolades including Double Gold and Best of Show. They offer a wine club where a purchase of 3 or 6 bottles get the member discounts on wine, gift shop, and events, a quarterly newsletter and winemaker video, complimentary tastings and access to exclusive wines.
Their bright and airy tasting room, opened in 2002, is the perfect reprieve on a warm breezy sunny day. Their outdoor seating on the large deck offers a view of the orderly rows of vines and distant Cottonwood trees near the lovely Spring Creek, a tributary of the Platte River. They offer tastings per person based on your top five choices.
Weekend visitors to their tasting room can enjoy a Prairie Bistro lunch or gourmet picnic basket and live entertainment. They also frequently host fun special events such as mystery dinners and holiday celebrations. They have a small gift shop with wine-themed ephemera but by far their greatest asset is their comfortable outdoor space with contemplative scenic views for friendly gatherings in which to lose track of the time and share a bottle and maybe a card game with friends.