Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Wollersheim Winery: Vino de Wisconsin?

In an effort to broaden my horizons and explore the world of wine, I've been trying to visit different wineries in my travels. Wollershiem Winery is located in Praire Du Sac, Wisonsin. This is located on the steep slopes next to the Wisconsin River. There are over 30 wineries in Wisconsin- although many of them make cherry or fruit wines.

The grounds are well maintained and quite attractive. This vineyard is set up really well for visitors, who get a glance of real grape vines, the aging cave, and a great tasting/retail area.
I wish I would have purchased more wine, but these two were some of my favorites. The Praire Fume is a light, off-dry fume blanc with fruit, light minerals, and low acidity. It is unoaked and clean tasting, that represents the fume blanc taste well.

The Dry Riesling is the first non-sweet riesling I've tasted. The Gold Riesling (sweet) and the Dry Riesling were both pleasant tasting, delicious and juicy examples of the riesling grape. The difference is the dry riesling has lower sugar content- it's more of an off-dry or semi-sweet wine, and I find that it really goes well with the unique riesling taste. The best part about these wines are, they are reasonable- the three whites I've referred to are only $8/bottle at the winery, which is quite reasonable for a decent, local wine.

This winery also made a lot of French-style "light" red wines, in the style of Beujolais wines. While lighter reds are not my favorite style of wines, these were very true to the style and still moderately priced.

If you are in the area and want to check it out, I recommend it- the free tasting was informative, and their retail area was impressive. A good experience, and some good wines to boot.


  1. Nice report Dan.

    Wollersheim also makes a delicious true Ice Wine. Theyuse St.Pepin grapes (a Midwest variety) and harvest in winter after 4-5 days of a hard free. The 2008 vintage was released Oct. 14, 2009 and it's really a treat. they only make about 2500 bottles (375 ml) and it gets more popular every year, so it will probably sell out by summer. They have a big Vintage Christmas Celebration set for Sat. Nov. 28 and it would be a good time to sample all their wines -- and the Port too.

  2. Sorry for the typo!
    They harvest 4-5 days after a hard "freeze"