While driving home from our vegan road trip, Laura spotted a sign on the freeway mentioning a vineyard. She asked if we could stop. We had plenty of time, so I said what the heck, lets check it out. While I don’t drink often, I do enjoy a good glass of wine. We pulled off I-94 in search of the winery.
The winery was on the other side of New Lisbon from I-94 about ten minutes from the freeway. It was very easy to find right along the road. I have been to other wineries that are tucked several gravel roads away from civilization, but not this one.
The main building is quite striking. Built entirely of wood and stone in a European style. I immediately liked the feel of the place. I could imagine, in warmer weather, this being a nice place to sit and enjoy a glass of wine with friends.
Inside the European theme continued with beautiful wood everywhere. There was lots of nick nacks for sale in addition to the wine. As we entered we were greeted warmly by the owner and his staff. They invited us to try some samples. The first two tastes are free, and for $5 you can try eight wines. I was very tempted to try the eight, but it was my turn to drive, so I decided to stay responsible and just try two. Laura also had two, and we each tried each others.
All of the wine is grown from the grapes grown on the property. I was told there are well over four acres of grape vines. The first was planted in 1997, and he said they add more each year. There were some workers already tending to the vines.
The wines ranged from sweet to dry in both white and red. We each ended up picking up a bottle for ourselves. They were very reasonably priced at $11 each. We also bought a dessert wine as a gift.
I picked the Prairie Star a 2011 semi-sweet white wine described as “a body smooth as silk. a honey, apricot finish!” Laura picked the Seyval Blanc a 2011 semi-dry white described as “a crisp citrus finish”
Check out Laura’s blog: One Girl, Two Cities to see what she thought of the winery.
I could see Burr Oak Winery being a regular stop as we pass through the area in the future.
Burr Oak Winery
N5873 Hwy 12 & 16, New Lisbon, WI 53950