Wollersheim Winery is an historic winery with vineyards located across from the Wisconsin River in the Driftless Region of the upper Midwest. We took the Classic Tour that involved learning the 160 year history of the winery, viewing the vines and fermentation room, going down into the aging cellars and participating in an instructional wine tasting. During the wine tasting they offered children on the tour sparkling grape juice and crackers which was pretty darn cute!
The winery’s limestone building is surrounded by gorgeous flowers and paths to meander about while you take in the view of the vineyard. A wine garden offers a chance for a picnic and glass of wine after your tour.
One of the coolest buildings to see at the winery is the old wine cave that was renovated in 2013. To me it looks exactly like Bag End from The Hobbit if you swapped out the glass for a wooden door. Inside is an homage to the winery’s history.
One of the hardest wines to acquire from Wollersheim is the unique Ice Wine made from harvested frozen grapes. It is seasonal and usually sells out immediately. You really have to be on your toes to get a bottle of Ice Wine! After our tour and perusing the grounds for a while we stopped into the store and brought a few bottles home with us to enjoy. Maybe this year I will be fast enough to secure some Ice Wine in the fall.