"Wisconsin-Happy Festival State", by Eve Phillips. My husband and I love to travel in the state of Wisconsin where we live and get great pictures on the way. My name is Laurie Kutil and photography has become a great passion of mine since 2010. One thing I have learned in researching each town before visiting it is that, "Every town has it's story". When I do uncover those stories by connecting with local residents, our experience becomes so much richer. In turn, sharing the stories with you brings me joy :)
Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac is our favorite winery. Our last visit was in June 2013 so it was time go back to see the latest developments. The open house is only once a year, and you get to take a self-guided tour, going into areas that you normally wouldn’t see. The biggest development since our last visit, the new Distillery building. It was built in 2015. The winery has now expanded to include brandy in its offerings and the new building makes this possible. This building was part of our tour too.
Our tour began in the main building, we arrived just before they opened so we joined the first group. We were never here in the winter before and it looked quite pretty.
We began our tour upstairs, at stop #1 you could try a sample of one of their most popular wines, Prairie Fumé.
There is also a cow painted with winery scenes, cute!
We then walked outside and around to the back of the main building where Station #4 was located, the Fermentation Room. Another wine sampling station is located here. Our first time inside this room, the size of the tanks were amazing!
The Big Room (#6) is accessed through a door on the left.
And it is big, we felt small as mice next to these fermenting tanks.
We also got a look at the Still House where they make their fine brandies. Such beautiful copper. This is a Vendome Still, made in Kentucky. They can also make Gin with these stills. A photo-op with this still was a must!
After nearly three years (9-27-2010), Al and I are back at Wollersheim Winery in Prairie Du Sac for a visit. We took the tour again, which is $5 and includes a wine tasting at the end. They have done many exciting upgrades and we wanted to see them. It was a perfect summer day, a little cool with lots of sunshine. We arrived in time for their 12:15 tour. Just arriving to the winery the scenery is quite pretty. They also recently won a major competition in California. Napa Valley better watch out! A huge wine barrel greets visitors at the entrance.
The path up to the main building has changed. There is now a historical sign, installed in 2011.
We reach the top of the steps, it’s always breath taking to see the grounds of the winery and lots of happy people also enjoying the view.
A view of the cave on the right, now fully enclosed. On the inside, in the back looking out. Also looking in toward the back. There is now a Sensory Garden next to the cave. It features plants that add to the flavor notes of the wines. There is a chart also detailing the correlations to the wines.
The tour also took us to one of the rooms where the wine is processed. We went below in the main building where many barrels of wine were being stored. We found out that cream of tartar is a by-product of wine production, very interesting! Wollersheim now produces brandy, new addition to their offerings. The batches are not yet very large so pre-ordering is a good idea.
We concluded the tour with some wine tasting of their most popular wines. Our guide Morgan was happy to take a picture with us at the conclusion of our time with her. Thanks Morgan!
Wollersheim Winery has a connection to Cedar Creek Winery in Cedarburg as well. They bought Cedar Creek in 1990 and have a separate vineyard. Al and I were just there in May.
We enjoyed our visit even more than in 2010. If you ever have a chance to try their wine or Cedar Creek, don’t pass it it up. A great taste awaits you!