Wollersheim Winery’s annual Open House is set for Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can learn at their leisure about winemaking and the winery’s historical setting. A unique blend of activities both days includes grapevine pruning and cooking with wine demonstrations, winemaker talks, self-guided tours, and of course wine tasting. A new wine release with a new name and new style, Prairie Sunburst Red, can be tasted along with other Wollersheim wines. Prairie Sunburst Red is an unoaked fruity red wine, which embraces a new trend of softer reds. This “new red” is bursting with berry fruit flavors reminiscent of raspberries and is a red companion to Prairie Fumé.
2009 marks "20 Years of Good Taste" for Wollersheim Prairie Fumé wine. At 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and again at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Winemaker Philippe will celebrate this milestone sharing history on the “creation” of Prairie Fumé, a light and refreshing semi-dry wine known and loved throughout the state of Wisconsin.
Each day commences with a “Growing Grapes in Wisconsin” talk accompanied by a Grapevine Pruning Demonstration set in the vineyard. Take an excursion through some of the winery’s oldest vines learning pruning techniques for home grapevines as Winemaker Philippe and Vineyard Manager Bruce share what they have learned on pruning grapes in Wisconsin. This demonstration is offered on Saturday at 10:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and again on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Gain some cooking with wine tips and enjoy a taste as guest chef, Paul Short, MATC Culinary Arts Chef Instructor, features Wollersheim Prairie Fumé wine during cooking demonstrations held at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and noon and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
In place of regular guided tours, visitors are invited to explore behind the scenes on a self-guided tour of the winery’s fermentation room and underground aging cellars, plus other wine production areas not generally open to the public. Winery staff will be on hand to answer questions, as well as provide bottling line demonstrations between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. both days. In addition, a series of interactive displays along the self-guided tour give families of all ages a chance to learn together about growing grapes.
Located 25 miles northwest of Madison, the Wollersheim Winery Open House on March 7 - 8 is free of charge and open to the public. From Madison, take Highway 12 west to north on Highway 188. Light lunch items from local Wyttenbach Meats will be available for purchase at the winery 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. For a complete event schedule, visit www.wollersheim.com.