About

Cellar 426 sits high on the hill with 360 degrees of breathtaking views. We invite guests to enjoy a relaxing experience at our farm winery. Enjoy tasting award winning Nebraska-crafted wines in a beautiful tasting room designed with the comfort and warmth of a modern lodge. Cellar 426 lies halfway between Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska two largest cities. Come and enjoy Cellar 426’s wines on the expansive  winery terrace overlooking the magnificent views of the wooded countryside and Lincoln skyline in the distance. Sure to be an experience like no other!

Richard and Amy
Richard & Amy Hilske

The owners and creators of Cellar 426 Winery, Richard and Amy combined their love of wine and the outdoors to begin this unique venture. Shortly after they met they began travelling across the country to vineyards and producing small batches of wine at home. It was during these trips their dream to open a winery began.

Today the Hilske’s can be found hard at work on the many aspects needed to keep the winery running smoothly. Amy can often be found out in the estate vineyard pruning, weeding, and shoot thinning, or testing the grapes for harvest. On most weekends, Amy is watching over the tasting room greeting customers and pouring our award winning wines. Richard is usually in the Cellar crafting our wines or tending the business operations of the winery.

All of their hard work in the cellar has paid off with over 100 medals for our wines at International Wine Competitions against wines from all over the country and globe. Including a Best of Show / Double Gold Award for their Sunflower White at the 2019 Indy International Wine Competition. A testament to their hard work and dedication to making fine wines. They are always ensuring guests are treated like family and enjoy their time when visiting.

Erich & Evan
Erich & Evan

The next generation! Erich and Evan are a unique set of brothers far a part in age, but close at the heart.They enjoy hanging out together and having fun. Erich graduated from Iowa State and works in marketing in Des Moines. He helps out at the winery when he is in town. Evan is the self proclaimed winery ambassador. He enjoys greeting and entertaining the customers. After the winery closes at night he will assist the staff in winery cleanup Behind the scenes he will watch his dad make wine or accompany his mom to the vineyard learning the business!

Cellar 426 Staff
The Cellar 426 Staff

We have a wonderful and knowledgeable staff at Cellar 426. They work hard to assure you have a fantastic experience at the winery and can guide you through a wine tasting or recommend a wine that you will enjoy. The staff enjoys learning about our great customers and making them a part of the Cellar 426 family!

Photo of Apollo
Apollo

Apollo is our friendly chocolate lab that loves sniffing for treasures and visiting his dog friends next door. He loves people and especially likes to give them a loving kiss.  As he has gotten older he has taken up residence inside with his owners sleeping on his bed. You may catch a glimpse of him when he is being walked, if so he is quite a charmer and is so darn cute!

RIP Rocky
Rocky

Rocky loved to run and play in the vineyard! He was a purebred black Labrador retriever. Keeping the deer at bay, as well as running security detail for the 20 acre property, were his prime jobs. He could often be found swimming in the pond, searching for animals, or at Amy’s side in the vineyard. Rocky loved to bark at the visitors as they come up our drive but as soon as they get out of their car he is their best friend! When the winery opened he became the official greeter. Sadly, Rocky passed away on September 3, 2012 after a week long battle with an illness. We loved him so much and he will be missed. We’re sure he still watching over his vineyard.

We stopped out around 5 and had some great wine and a bunch of laughs. Great view and really enjoyed the help we received! We planned to stop and have a glass or two and ended up leaving with 3 cases of wine! Will go again for sure!

- Jake S.