August 23, 2017

Wisconsin Grape Growers Association Award Winners

On January 20th at the Wilderness Resort, the Wisconsin Grape Growers Association (WGGA) announced the 2012 Award Winners for the Wisconsin grape and wine industry.  The announcements were made during the Wisconsin Food & Wine Pairing Dinner which was the kick off  event for the 2013 Wisconsin Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conference.The dinner was at full capacity with 130 attendees who … [Read more...]

Parallel 44 Winery Masters the Frozen Tundra

February in northeast Wisconsin is bone-chilling cold, but that doesn’t stop Steve Johnson and Maria Milano, owners of Parallel 44 Winery and Vineyard near Kewaunee, Wis., from throwing an outdoor winter wine festival. Last year, about 2,000 hardy souls bundled up to drink wine on the patio and appreciate the past bounty of the snow-covered vineyard.As the winery’s name implies, the property … [Read more...]

Wisconsin Ledge AVA approved

The Federal TTB announced yesterday that the Wisconsin Ledge AVA has been approved.  Steve DeBaker of Trout Springs Winery in Greenleaf, WI spent seven years convincing the TTB that the 44 square mile AVA was worthy of this special geographic wine producing designation.   For any AVA to be used on the label, 85% of grapes must come from within the AVA boundaries,  or if the wine is a varietal, 75% … [Read more...]

Wisconsin Ledge AVA Set for TTB Approval

Few experiences capture the character of a region more than a visit to a winery.    The authentic connection that consumers are making with local wines and local wineries is  undoubtedly a major factor driving resurgence of Midwest winemaking.   In Wisconsin,  winery owner Steve DeBaker, has prevailed in a seven-year effort to  establish a viticultural area for northeast Wisconsin that will define … [Read more...]