Come discover the inner workings of Wollersheim Winery during the annual Open House on Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Set against the backdrop of the winery's historic surroundings, visitors will learn about the traditions and innovations of Wollersheim's winemaking through a unique blend of activities, including:
Come hear how Wollersheim Winery is "Rooted in Tradition & Growing through Innovation." At 12:45 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Winemaker Philippe will talk about the winery's more than 150 years of diverse and rich heritage, as well as the winery's innovative approach to the wine business.
Travel through some of the winery's oldest vines during the Grapevine Pruning Demonstrations held in the vineyard at the conclusion of the "Growing Grapes in Wisconsin" talks. Learn pruning techniques for home grapevines from Winemaker Philippe and Vineyard Manager Bruce twice daily at 10:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Fill the afternoon with flavor as guest chef, Paul Short, MATC Culinary Arts Chef Instructor, features Wollersheim's Chardonnay in a Gruyère Cheese Fondue during cooking demonstrations at 11:30 am and 2:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Light lunch items from local Wyttenbach Meats will be available for purchase at the winery from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.
Take a journey behind the scenes on a self-guided tour of the winery's fermentation room and underground aging cellars, and experience bottling line demonstrations between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. both days. Along the tour, taste six Wollersheim wines including the popular Prairie Fumé, barrel-aged Port, and estate-grown Domaine du Sac. A series of interactive displays along the self-guided tour give families of all ages a chance to learn together.
Located 25 miles northwest of Madison, the Wollersheim Winery Open House on March 5 & 6 is open to the public and free of charge. From Madison, take Highway 12 west to north on Highway 188. For a complete event schedule, visit www.wollersheim.com.