September 20, 2017

Wollersheim Breaks Ground on New Distillery

Wollersheim Winery made an exciting announcement on August 5th regarding adding a new distillery which will open during 2015. The 25,000-square-foot distillery will be attached to the winery’s existing wine fermentation buildings and will feature its own cellar and retail space.  Wollersheim Winemaker Philippe Coquard said the distillery’s focus will be on “locally-sourced, locally-grown” … [Read more...]

Foch Maintains a Midwest Following

 When the Marechal Foch wine grape was introduced in 1920, the name "Foch" probably seemed like a winner.  At the time, WW I French General Ferdinand Foch was a well know public figure for his role in ending the Great War.Today, General Foch  (pronounced "Fosh") is all but forgotten except for the European streets that bear his name.  The Foch grape has also lost ground. Dozens of … [Read more...]

Downstream from St. Paul Is the St. Pepin Grape

The St.Pepin wine grape is partially named for the Lake Pepin, a 40 square mile lake in the Mississippi River.  Most of the St. Pepin wine made in the U.S. is produced in the two states on either side of Lake Pepin, Minnesota and Wisconsin.Like many creations of legendary grape breeder Elmer Swenson, St. Pepin is a wonderful contribution to cold-climate grape varieties. Whether it is used as a … [Read more...]

Wollersheim Harvests As Harazthy Turns 200

Wisconsin wine pioneer Agoston Haraszthy is having a 200th birthday celebration in Sonoma, California this week.  Count Haraszthy, as he is sometimes called,  came to Wisconsin in the 1840's from Hungary to plant grapes at the current location of Wollersheim Winery is Prairie Du Sac.  Some of Haraszthy's original structures still stand at Wollersheim.   Haraszthy later moved to California where he … [Read more...]

Philippe Coquard’s Vineyard Reflections on a Difficult Spring

On May 4th,   Philippe Coquard of Wollersheim Winery in Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin commented on his spring 2012 vineyard experiences in the Wisconsin Grape Growers Association internet discussion forum.  Coquard has one of the largest vineyards in Wisconsin at 27 acres and operates Wollersheim, the state's largest winery,  with his wife, Julie.Philippe allowed Midwest Wine Press to print … [Read more...]

Wollersheim Celebrates 40th Anniversary

It’s 1972. An electrical engineer moves his family to an abandoned Wisconsin farm, planning to produce estate wines in the property’s Civil War-era winery, despite being told repeatedly that grapes won’t grow there.While this storyline sounds more like a TV pilot than the founding of a large regional winery, this is how Bob and JoAnn Wollersheim started their business near Prairie du Sac, … [Read more...]