Come witness history being made right here in the Chippewa Valley! Dixon’s Apple Orchard’s unique and patented Champagne apple will be ready for the public to taste on Friday, October 4, opening at 9:00 a.m.
“After an eight-year wait, we finally have some first crop Champagne apples to share for however long they last,” states owner Becky Mullane. She also adds, “The Champagne apple is a spicy-sweet; something extra special!”
Although Dixon’s is new to the Chippewa Valley, the orchard has a long history dating back to Fred Dixon, who started the family orchard in New Mexico in 1944. In 2011, a wildfire swept through the orchard. However, Champagne apple clippings were saved and incubated in a nursery. In 2014, Fred’s granddaughter Becky and her husband Jim moved to Cadott to rebuild their family business, and they have been patiently waiting for the day Dixon’s Champagne apples would be ready to enjoy again.
Mullane says, “We have missed them, as well as many fans, and after eight years of patience and endurance we are finally seeing the beginning stages of the fruit of our labor come forth. The Champagne apple is well worth waiting for! Granddad would be so happy!”
Families can make visiting Dixon’s Apple Orchard a fun fall day with a hayride around the orchard and many beautiful acres to explore. Along with the Champagne apple, other varieties of apples are offered at the orchard throughout the season including Honeycrisp, Macoun, McIntosh, and Zestar apples. Dixon’s also offers raspberry picking at their orchard.
Dixon’s Apple Orchard is home to the famous Champagne apple and is a beautiful 100-acre wedding and event venue southeast of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. It is the woodland and waterfront backdrop for dozens of weddings each year.